Rod Roberts
Member of the Iowa House of Representatives
from the 51st district
80th (2001 – 2003)
In office
January 8, 2001 – January 9, 2011
Preceded byJames Drees
Succeeded byDan Muhlbauer
Personal details
Born (1957-10-22) October 22, 1957 (age 64)
Waverly, Iowa
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Patricia Roberts
ChildrenLindsey Sayers & Brett Roberts
ResidenceCarroll, Iowa
WebsiteOfficial website

Rod Roberts (born October 22, 1957) is the Iowa State Labor Commissioner.[1] Roberts is also a former Republican gubernatorial candidate and five-term Iowa State Representative from the 51st and 80th Districts. He served in the Iowa House of Representatives from 2001 to 2011 and was an assistant minority leader. He received his BA from Iowa Christian College, as did his wife.

During his last term in the Iowa House, Roberts served on the Administration and Rules, Appropriations, Local Government, State Government, and Transportation committees. His political experience includes serving on the Carroll School Board from 1996 to 2000. Other experience includes serving as past president of the Carroll Rotary Club and serving on the Board of Directors for New Hope Village (a facility supporting disabled adults) in Carroll.

Early and personal life

Rod Roberts was born in 1957 to parents, Jack Roberts, a history teacher and Darlene Roberts, a bank teller. He grew up in Zearing, and was highly influenced by Ronald Reagan. Roberts and his wife, Trish, moved to Carroll in 1985.

Electoral history

Roberts ran for the Iowa House's District 80 in 1998, losing to incumbent Democrat James Drees. He ran again in 2000 and won the election, defeating Democratic opponent Thomas Halbur. After the districts were redrawn for the 2002 election, Roberts was elected to the new District 51. He did not seek re-election to the House in 2010, choosing to seek the Republican nomination for governor instead. He was defeated in the primary, coming in a distant third behind former governor Terry Branstad, who went on to win the general election, and Iowa businessman Bob Vander Plaats. At the Republican state convention, he declined when nominated for the Republican nomination for Lieutenant Governor, endorsing then-State Senator Kim Reynolds for the position.[2]

Electoral history

*incumbent

Election Political result Candidate Party Votes %
Iowa House of Representatives elections, 1998 [3]
District 80
Turnout: 9,610
Iowa Democratic Party hold James Drees*Iowa Democratic Party4,88950.9
Rod Roberts Republican4,72149.1
Iowa House of Representatives elections, 2000 [4]
District 80
Turnout: 12,203
Republican Party of Iowa gain from Iowa Democratic PartyRod RobertsRepublican Party of Iowa6,53953.6
Thomas H. Halbur Democratic5,65546.3
Iowa House of Representatives elections, 2002 [5]
District 51
Republican Party of Iowa (newly redistricted) Rod Roberts*Republican Party of Iowaunopposed
Iowa House of Representatives elections, 2004 [6]
District 51
Republican Party of Iowa hold Rod Roberts*Republican Party of Iowaunopposed
Iowa House of Representatives elections, 2006 [7]
District 51
Republican Party of Iowa hold Rod Roberts*Republican Party of Iowaunopposed
Iowa House of Representatives elections, 2008 [8]
District 51
Republican Party of Iowa hold Rod Roberts*Republican Party of Iowaunopposed
Iowa gubernatorial primary elections, 2010 [9]
District 51
Turnout: 229,731
Republican Party of Iowa Terry BranstadRepublican Party of Iowa114,45049.8
Bob Vander Plaats Republican93,05840.5
Rod Roberts Republican19,8968.7

References

  1. ^ Kauffman, Clark (2010-12-08). "Branstad taps Rod Roberts to head DIA". Des Moines Register. Gannett Company. Retrieved 2011-10-21.
  2. ^ Vander Hart, Shane (2010-06-29). "The Humility of Rod Roberts". Des Moines Register. Gannett Company. Retrieved 2011-10-21.
  3. ^ "Iowa General Election - November 3, 1998" (PDF). Iowa Secretary of State. p. 430. Retrieved 2011-09-22.
  4. ^ "November 7, 2000 - General Election, Iowa Official Results, State House of Representatives" (PDF). Iowa Secretary of State. 2002-07-16. p. 31. Retrieved 2011-09-19.
  5. ^ "Canvass Summary - Final - 2002 General Election (11/5/2002)" (PDF). Iowa Secretary of State. 2002-12-02. p. 32. Retrieved 2011-09-19.
  6. ^ "Canvass Summary - Final - 2004 General Election (11/2/2004)" (PDF). Iowa Secretary of State. 2004-12-06. p. 29. Retrieved 2011-09-19.
  7. ^ "Official Results Report - Statewide, 2006 General Election 11-07-2006" (PDF). Iowa Secretary of State. 2006-11-21. p. 37. Retrieved 2011-09-19.
  8. ^ "November 4, 2008 General Election Results". Iowa Secretary of State. Retrieved 2011-09-19.
  9. ^ "June 8, 2010 Primary Election Results". Iowa Secretary of State. Retrieved 2011-10-20.
Iowa House of Representatives Preceded byJames Drees 80th District 2001 – 2003 Succeeded byJames Hahn Preceded byJeff Elgin 51st District 2003 – 2011 Succeeded byDan Muhlbauer