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Merlin BartzREPRepublican American politician
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Merlin Bartz (born March 16, 1961) is an American politician who served as an Iowa State Senator from the 6th District, elected in 2008 and serving for a single term. A Republican, he sat on the Appropriations, Human Resources, Natural Resources, and Ways and Means committees. He was the ranking member on the Administration and Regulation Appropriations Subcommittee.Bartz lost his reelection bid in 2012 in a race where there were two incumbents redistricted together. Incumbent Mary Jo Wilhlem defeated Senator Bartz by 126 votes in a very contentious election, where at one point Bartz was accused of joining the War on Women and of being demeaning to women.Previously he served in the Iowa House of Representatives (19th District, 1991 – 1993), and the Iowa Senate (10th District, 1993 – 2002). He was Senate Assistant Majority Leader in the 77th, 78th, and 79th General Assemblies. Bartz was appointed (January, 2002) Special Assistant to the Undersecretary, Natural Resources and Environment, U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C. He is a sixth generation Iowa farmer. From July 2004, he was Regional Assistant Chief, Central, for the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). He was a management representative of the Chief, providing direction of NRCS programs and activities and overall leadership and supervision to state conservationists in Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, and Wisconsin. Bartz has a B.A. music and political science from Luther College.

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Education3 - 3 of 1
Luther College
Past Positions1 - 11 of 11
Iowa State Senate
2008 - 2012
Iowa State Senate
1992 - 2002
State Representative
Iowa House of Representatives
1991 - 1992
Assistant Minority Leader
Assistant Majority Leader
Iowa State Senate
Central Region Assistant Chief
Natural Resources Conservation Service
David Manufacturing Company
Grafton Industries
Livestock and Grain Farmer
Special Assistant
Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment, United States Department of Agriculture
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Church Choir
North Iowa Pheasants Forever
Pheasants Forever
Rotary International
Worth County Pork Producers
Worth County Historical Society
Farm Bureau
Worth County Ducks Unlimited