State Representative Rich Morthland is a family man, a farmer, and an educator. He and Betsey, his wife of thirty three years, have two daughters and still live and work on his family’s farm between Cordova and Erie. Rich’s widowed, single-mother ancestor homesteaded part of the land in the 1840s.
The farm is where Rich learned the meaning of a hard day’s work and how to run a successful business. The Morthlands still own and operate one of Rock Island County’s larger cow herds.
Rich Morthland is a graduate of Riverdale High School, where he participated in sports, band, and student government. He attended Black Hawk College, graduated from St. Ambrose University, and earned a master’s degree from Denver Seminary. Rich has nearly completed a second master’s degree in Communication Education.
Rich is an Adjunct Professor at Black Hawk College, where he still occasionally teaches online communication courses and is a member of the Illinois Federation of Teachers. Betsey is currently Dean of Health Sciences at Black Hawk and is working on her doctoral dissertation. Rich and Betsey have twice travelled to the Czech Republic, during their summer breaks, to teach English to young people.
Representative Morthland is a Member of the Veterans’ Affairs, Counties & Townships, Cities & Villages, Higher Education, Higher Education Appropriations, Adoption Reform, and Public Utilities Committees. His greatest legislative accomplishment thus far has been sponsorship of HB 3500 which protects the privacy of FOID cardholders. Rich served for two years on the Rock Island County Board where he fought for transparency and fiscal responsibility, before being elected to the General Assembly in 2010.