Meet Rich Morthland
Former State Representative Rich Morthland is a farmer, a family man, and an educator. He and Betsey, his wife of thirty-eight years, have two daughters and a grandchild with more on the way. They live and work on their Upper Rock Island County farm, homesteaded in 1842 by Rich’s widowed, single-mother ancestor.
Rich Morthland is a graduate of Riverdale High School of Port Byron, where he participated in sports, band, and student government. He an alumnus of Black Hawk College, a graduate of St. Ambrose University, holds master’s degrees from Denver Seminary and Spring Arbor University.
The Morthlands have two daughters. Eliza resides locally. Bethany, her husband Nick, and their son Jude live in Pennsylvania.
Rich is an Assistant Professor at Black Hawk College. He teaches Communication and is a member of the Illinois Federation of Teachers. Betsey, who holds her PhD in Global Epidemiology, is Executive Dean at Black Hawk. She previously taught Allied Health courses. Rich and Betsey have twice travelled to the Czech Republic, during their summer breaks, to teach English to young people.
In the Illinois House, Representative Morthland. sponsored and passed HB 3500 - Public Act 097-0080: This law protects personal information, such as names and addresses of FOID cardholders. It exempted FOID information from FOIA inquiries. He also Sponsored HR89. This unanimously passed Resolution launched and audit of the FOID program. It uncovered several ways in which FOID law was not being properly fulfilled. Rich served on the Veterans’ Affairs, Counties & Townships, Cities & Villages, Higher Education, Higher Education Appropriations, Adoption Reform, and Public Utilities Committees.
Rich was elected in 2008 to the Rock Island County Board where he has been a leader for transparency and in 2010, single-handed led the Board to overturn massive pay raises that had previously been voted in for incoming elected officials. Voters returned Rich to the Board in 2016. He is a Member of the Public Works and Facilities Committee and the Committee of The Whole.