Bruce Bearinger is an Oelwein resident for over 20 years and teaches agriculture and biology at Jesup High School and is also the FFA Advisor for Jesup High School and helps with a variety of community services, including farm safety, environmental projects, and charity events. He has previously worked as the Education Director for ISU Extension in Buchanan County.

Bearinger is currently he serving on the Oelwein city council and has served on the economic development finance committee, works on local food initiatives, and is helping develop a health and wellness survey for Oelwein. He has been a teacher in Oelwein, was a member of the Oelwein Jaycees, and a donor to the Fine Arts Guild in Oelwein.

Bearinger helped launch the Heartland Acres Agribition Center in Independence and served on its first Board of Directors. While working for ISU Extension, he also served on the Buchanan County Food Pantry Board and the Coop Board. He has also worked with the Maynard Coop.

He and his wife, Eileen, have live in Oelwein and are active at Sacred Heath Catholic Church. His wife works at Fidelity Bank and they have two children. Their son, Kurt, plays basketball at Luther College in Decorah and their daughter Rachel is a sophomore at Oelwein High School. Bearinger is a graduate of Iowa State University and earned a masters in professional agriculture.