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Former Iowa state senator Rita Hart launches campaign for Iowa’s second congressional district

Wheatland (KWWL) — Former Iowa state senator Rita Hart is announcing her campaign for Iowa’s Second Congressional District.

Hart served in the Iowa Senate from 2012 to 2016, representing a district that included Clinton and northern Scott counties.

In 2018, Hart was the Democratic nominee for Iowa’s Lieutenant Governor.

“As a lifelong Iowan, farmer and educator, I understand the struggle our small towns and rural communities face, because I’ve lived it,” said Hart.

“Whether spearheading efforts to train our young people or bringing local leaders on both sides of the aisle together as a State Senator, I’ve spent my life fighting to build a solid foundation for the next generation of Iowans. We have real challenges to solve: making sure heath care is affordable for all of us, helping families crippled by the cost of education and job training, and growing our economy so that it’s thriving in every corner of our state — not just for the wealthy and well-connected. We also must do more to protect Iowans from devastating flooding like the kind that hit southeast Iowa earlier this month. Hardworking Iowans need a voice at the table as we fight for our future – that’s why I’m running for Congress.”

Hart graduated from the University of Northern Iowa.

After graduating from UNI, Hart taught junior high and high school English for more than 20 years, in the Calamus-Wheatland and Bennett Community School Districts.

Currently, Hart lives with her husband on their family farm in Wheatland, which they’ve owned and operated since 1986.

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