Senator Dennis Black View All Years

Compiled Historical Information
Party Affiliation: Democrat
Assemblies Served:
Senate: 76 (1995) - 85 (2013)
House: 70 (1983)
71 (1985)
72 (1987)
73 (1989)
74 (1991) - 75 (1993)
Home County: Jasper
Dennis Black
Jasper County


Served six terms in House. Serving fourth term in Senate.


Retired professional conservationist of 35 years; writer of Civil War history and individual vignettes on military valor and intrepidity.


Received B.S. in forest management and M.S. in natural resource economics from Utah State University.

Military Service

Civilian contract service through Utah State University in Aerial Photographic Interpretation, 1963-1965.

Memberships and Activities

Board of directors for Iowa Earthpark and Jasper Community Foundation. Member of Society of American Foresters. Regional coordinator and research director for Medal of Honor Historical Society of America. Author of over 300 professional and technical publications on natural resources management and protection. Author of numerous articles on Iowa’s Medal of Honor recipients. Legislative liaison for international trade, South¬east Asia, primarily Taiwan. Selected 10 times as legislator of the year by various business and natural resources interests.

Birth and Residence

Born in 1939 and raised in Randolph, Nebraska. Resides in Lynnville.

Family Members

Wife Faun; two sons, one daughter, and four grandchildren.