…blazing a trail of thoughtful leadERship ON key issues

  • Recognized leader for countless outdoor recreational and conservation projects throughout Linn County.

  • Maintaining our AAA Bond Rating and award-winning budgetary practices.

  • Advocated for one of the lowest property tax levies among Iowa's urban counties.

  • Fully funding our secondary road system and budgeting for future road & bridge projects.

  • Fighting to protect local mental health and developmental disability programs from state cutbacks.

  • Securing funds for Marion and Central City Economic Development programs.

Linn County Supervisor Brent Oleson is “one of the county’s most politically popular [public servants]” overwhelmingly re-elected in 2012 and well-known for his leadership on “issues such as environmental protection and conservation.”
Cedar Rapids Gazette, January 29, 2015

Supervisor Brent Oleson is a dedicated, passionate public servant who is involved in the community and committed to making Linn County a desirable place to work, live and grow. Oleson’s professional experience includes as an attorney in the private practice of law, working in state government with the Secretary of State’s Office, the Legislative Services Bureau, and serving as Senior Legislative Counsel to the Majority (2006) and Minority (2007-8) Leader’s office in the Iowa Senate.  

Brent resides in Marion with his children, Kennedy and Quinn. He is a graduate of the University of Iowa (B.A. Political Science, Communications, 1995) and the University of Iowa College of Law (Juris Doctorate 2000).


  • Brent is the current Chair of the Cedar Rapids/Linn County Solid Waste Agency Board of Directors. He is also a member of the Marion Economic Development Company (MEDCO) and the Prospect Meadows Ball Fields (PMBF) Board of Directors.
  • Brent represents Linn County in the Iowa State Association of Counties (ISAC) as a member of the Land Use and Rural Affairs Committee and the Supervisors Affiliate Executive Committee.
  • On the national level, Brent serves as a member of the National Association of Counties (NACo) Environment, Energy and Land Use Steering Committee and is the Vice Chair of its Land & Solid Waste Subcommittee. Oleson is also a member of NACo’s Green Government Advisory Board.
  • Brent is a member of or active in the following groups: 
  • St. Matthew’s Catholic Church
  • Friends of Linn County Conservation
  • National Rifle Association
  • Indian Creek Nature Center
  • Linn County Trails Association
  • Iowa Sierra Club
  • University of Iowa Alumni Association
  • Linn County & National I-Club
  • inn County Pheasants Forever
  • Cedar Valley Humane Society
  • American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
  • Animal Rescue League - Iowa
  • Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation
  • Linn County Farm Bureau
  • Trees Forever
  • Iowa Prairie Network
  • Iowa Bar Association
  • Iowa Water & Land Legacy Fund

Conservation, Parks & Trails, Water Quality

Supervisor Brent Oleson is a strong advocate of protecting and enhancing Iowa’s natural resources and promoting outdoor recreation opportunities in Linn County. Iowa’s environmental quality, outdoor recreational opportunities, and our local economy are strongly linked together.  

We need to be able to compete with other states for businesses and associated jobs in order to keep our economy healthy. It isn’t enough to lure businesses here or create an economic environment for growth, if we’re not providing parallel conditions for a desirable quality of life for the workforce, their families and our citizens generally. Linn County has wonderful natural areas, ripe for enhancement to enjoy hiking, trail biking, canoeing, camping, exploring, hunting, birding, and about a thousand other outdoor activities. 

We need Supervisor Oleson’s continued leadership on conservation, parks, trails and water quality initiatives. For example, Supervisor Oleson has fought tirelessly to provide funding to enhance recreation opportunities. Trails are one area where much more needs to be done. Trails are largely a local responsibility in Iowa, whereas in many other states, state governments oversee the statewide trail system. No matter which governmental entity manages trails, people want them and local trails are an integral part of encouraging an active and healthy lifestyle. Linn County, through its Conservation Board has applied for numerous grants to construct and improve trails. In its latest grant review, there were 56 projects being considered, only a small number of which were funded. Supervisor Oleson has worked tirelessly to secure increased state support for our trail system. Additionally, Linn County citizens have already taken the initiative to put skin in the game with an aggressive budget for trails, setting aside millions through the local option sales tax and other revenues to help build a comprehensive trail system for residents and visitors.  Let’s keep Supervisor Oleson blazing trails of leadership for our community.

Iowa will never have the amount of public open space that many states enjoy. Our local farm economy necessitates private ownership of most land; however, this means that remaining public lands are in demand for recreation and enjoyment of our varied natural resources. In Linn County, the Conservation Board has identified $70 million worth of unmet needs that exist today to enhance our parks and natural spaces. Supervisor Oleson has spearheaded efforts to enact funding for the Iowa & Water Land Legacy Trust Fund, which would provide much-needed resources for Conservation and Environmental initiatives locally. Implementing funding to the Trust Fund would begin to address the $70 million unmet needs backlog, while addressing our watershed for natural flood protection, preservation of wetlands, and beginning to get serious about our overall water quality.

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