Senator Dennis H. Black View All Years

Compiled Historical Information
Party Affiliation: Democrat
Assemblies Served:
Senate: 76 (1995) - 85 (2013)
House: 70 (1983) - 75 (1993)
Home County: Jasper
Dennis H. Black
Jasper County


Served six terms in House. Serving fifth 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.

Memberships and Activities

Board of Directors, Iowa Earthpark; Board of Directors, Jasper Community Foundation; Society of American Foresters; Regional coordinator and research director, Medal of Honor Historical Society of America. Author: Over 300 professional and technical publications on natural resources management and protection. Author, “Profiles of Valor, Iowa’s Medal of Honor Recipients, Civil War.” Author, “Profiles of Valor, Iowa’s Medal of Honor Recipients, Indian Wars through Vietnam.” Co-author: CD-Rom, “Iowa’s Medal of Honor Recipients.” Photographs and personal narrative of 115 Medal of Honor Recipients with attachments to the state of Iowa. Legislative liaison for international trade, Southeast Asia, primarily Taiwan. Selected 16 times as “Legislator of the Year” by various business and natural resources interests.

Birth and Residence

Born in 1939 in Randolph, Nebraska. Resides in rural area near Lynnville.

Family Members

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