Senator Merlin Bartz View All Years

Compiled Historical Information
Party Affiliation: Republican
Assemblies Served:
Senate: 75 (1993) - 79 (2001)
83 (2009) - 84 (2011)
House: 74 (1991)
Home County: Worth
Merlin Bartz
Worth County


Previously served one term in House. Currently serving fourth non-consecutive term in Senate.


Farmer, 1983-present. Factory worker, 1983-1990. State Representative, 1991-1992. State Senator 1993-2002. United States Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C., 2002-2007. Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of Natural Resources and Environment and Central Regional Assistant Chief for Natural Resources Conservation Service.


Attended St. Ansgar Community Schools. Received B.A. (cum laude) in political science and music from Luther College, 1983. Iowa to India Rotary Cultural Exchange Team, 1990. Darden School of Business, University of Virginia Leadership Class, 1994. Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government Crisis Management Program, 2005.

Memberships and Activities

Served on the Lutheran Social Service and the BIOWA boards. Current or former member Worth County Historical Society, Pork & Cattle Producers, Farm Bureau, Farmers Union, Soybean and Corn Growers Associations, Pheasants Forever, Ducks Unlimited, and Iowa Parks Foundation.

Birth and Residence

Born in 1961 in Mason City. Resides near Grafton.

Family Members

Wife, Lisa; one son and two daughters.