Small business owner and community activist Rich Olive announced today that he will run for state representative in the new House District 48, which includes part of Story, Webster, and Boone Counties as well as all of Hamilton County. Olive previously served those citizens in the Iowa Senate.
Rich is currently the owner and president of Norsemen Realty, Ltd and previously owned and independent insurance agency for 30 years, Norsemen Insurance Services, Ltd. He is an active member of the
community and led recruitment efforts to bring new businesses and good-paying jobs to Story County as chair of the Story City Economic Development Corporation. He serves as a board member for the Bethany
Life Community Foundation, the Mary Greeley Medical Center Foundation, and the Riverbend Golf Course Board. He is a member of the Lions Club and two-time recipient of the Governor’s Volunteer Award.
Olive is a graduate of Story City High School and, following graduation, joined the Army National Guard and worked as an assistant manager for a furniture factory in Roland. While serving in the Legislature, Olive served as chair of the Government Oversight Committee and vice-chair of the Economic Growth and Agriculture committees. He also served on the Commerce and Local Government committees.
Olive is a member of American Legion Post #59 and the Roland-Story Athletic Boosters. He announces Roland-Story football games and is an active member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church Choir. Rich and his
wife, Marian, have three daughters and eight grandchildren.