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politician , Member of the Iowa House of Representatives

Robert T. Anderson is an American politician who was the 42nd Lieutenant Governor of Iowa from 1983 to 1987.


PIERCE, ROBERT was born on March 8, 1945 in Jacksonville, Florida, United States.


University of Florida (Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, 1969. Juris Doctor, with honors, 1974).


A Democrat, to date he is the last male Lieutenant Governor of Iowa. Anderson was the first Democrat in Iowa history elected Lieutenant Governor alongside a Republican Governor. Anderson received his bachelors and masters degrees from the University of Iowa.

He was also a high school teacher, and served in the Iowa House of Representatives. He created the IRIS, Inc. (Iowa Resource for International Service in 1993.

Those organizations have brought more than 800 persons from the former Soviet Union, Central Europe, Asia and Africa to Iowa and organized travel to Iowa leaders to those parts of the country. Most recently, IRIS has arranged for more than 400 high school students from Nigeria and Tanzania to spend a year attending Iowa high schools through the State Department's Youth Education and Study (YES) program. Anderson was a sponsor for Thai Dam refugees in the 1970s and 80s.

Prior to his retirement, he also served as executive director of the Institute for Tomorrow's Workforce, an initiative to improve k-12 educational opportunity in Iowa. He is an active volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocate, facilitates a Youth Suicide Prevention Coalition and is active with youth through the Midday Rotary Club of Gig Harbor.


  • In 1987 he was a founder and executive director of the Iowa Peace Institute. He led programs to assist Iraqi refugees in Iowa in 2008–09, and was named Immigrant Entrepreneurial Champion in 2009. He received the Outstanding Alumni for Service award from the University of Iowa in 2013.


Iowa Democratic Party, Democratic Party.


Jacksonville Bar Association. The Florida Bar (Member, Sections on: Corporation.