Rob Hogg is currently serving his third term as state senator for Senate District 33 in Cedar Rapids after two terms as a state representative in the Iowa House. First elected in 2002, he was re-elected to the Iowa House in 2004, ran successfully for the Iowa Senate in 2006, and was re-elected to the Iowa Senate in 2010 and 2014. In 2016, he ran for the United States Senate, finishing second in a four-way race in the Democratic primary to the nominee, former Lt. Gov. Patty Judge, with 37,680 votes, or 38.9%. In November 2016, he was unanimously elected Senate Democratic Leader in the Iowa Senate.
In the Iowa Legislature, Rob has served on the education, judiciary, public safety, natural resources, energy, environmental protection, appropriations, and ways and means committees. In 2009 and 2010, he served as chair of the Senate Rebuild Iowa Committee after the devastating floods and tornadoes of 2008. In 2013 and 2014, he served as chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and in 2015 and 2016, he served as chair of the Senate Government Oversight Committee.
In 2010, Rob helped form the Cedar River Watershed Coalition, a citizen-led effort to advocate for policies and practices to improve watershed and floodplain management to reduce future flood damage and improve water quality. The Coalition is committed to saying “never again” to the level of flood damage that occurred in 2008. Rob currently serves as co-chair of the Coalition.
Since 2011, Rob has helped coordinate an all-volunteer advocacy group called Iowa Climate Advocates working to educate the public about the dangers of climate change and advocating for climate action at all levels. Climate action means slowing down and stopping the buildup of greenhouse gas pollution in the atmosphere, and safeguarding people and their property from the effects of climate change.
In 2013, Rob released his book, America’s Climate Century: What Climate Change Means for America in the 21st Century and What Americans Can Do About It, which has helped people across the country understand the issue better and take action. This book is available from libraries across Iowa and from book retailers in Iowa and online retailers.
Some of the honors and awards Rob has received during his legislative service include:
Rob is a fourth generation Iowan. He was born in Iowa City in 1967. Rob's wife, Kate, came to Iowa from California to attend Grinnell College. They met playing volleyball at Old Brick, the home of the Episcopal Student Chaplaincy in Iowa City, in 1988. Rob and Kate have three children, Robert, Dorothy, and Isabel. They are members of Christ Episcopal Church in Cedar Rapids.
Rob's father, Bob Hogg, a native of Hannibal, Missouri, was a professor of math and statistics at the University of Iowa for 51 years, retiring in 2000. He died in 2014. Rob’s mother, Carolyn Ladd Hogg, was a life-long Iowan. She taught math and English in public schools in Harlan and Cedar Rapids, then devoted herself to raising her four children. She died in 1990. One of Rob’s grandfathers, Mason Ladd, was long-time Dean of the Iowa Law School, and his great-grandfather, Scott Ladd, served on the Iowa Supreme Court. Mason Ladd was born in Sheldon, Iowa, and Rob’s grandmother, Esther Swanson Ladd, was born in Callender, Iowa.
Rob graduated from City High School in Iowa City in 1985, and then attended the University of Iowa, graduating with a degree in history in 1988. In 1991, Rob earned a master's degree in public affairs from the Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota. In 1995, Rob earned a law degree from the University of Minnesota.
After law school, Rob clerked for the Honorable Donald P. Lay, Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit in St. Paul, Minnesota. Rob then practiced at the law firm, Leonard, Street and Deinard, in the Twin Cities. In 1998, Rob and Kate moved home to Iowa, where Rob clerked for the Honorable Michael J. Melloy, then Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa in Cedar Rapids. Since 2000, Rob has been an attorney in private practice in Cedar Rapids.