Mariannette Miller-Meeks

Education:Texas Christian University
M.S., University of Southern California
M.D., University of Texas Health Science Center

Mariannette Miller-Meeks assumed office in the Iowa Senate on January 14, 2019, representing District 41. Previously, Miller-Meeks was the Republican nominee for the U.S. House of Representatives for Iowa's 2nd District in 2008, 2010 and 2014. In all three races, she faced incumbent Rep. David Loebsack.

Miller-Meeks enlisted in the United States Army at age 18 and retired honorably from the reserves as a Lt. Colonel. During those 24 years, active duty and reserve, she served as a private, nurse, and physician. She completed her undergraduate degree in nursing at Texas Christian University, a Master of Science in education from University of Southern California and her M.D. from the University of Texas Health Science Center.

Until 2008, Miller-Meeks owned an ophthalmology practice in Ottumwa. She organized a physician recruitment and retention organization to help bring physicians to southeast Iowa. She has also served as a court appointed special advocate volunteer for children.

Miller-Meeks served as the first woman president of the Iowa Medical Society, was the first woman on the faculty in the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Iowa and served as councilor for Iowa to the American Academy of Ophthalmology. From 2010 to 2013, she served as the director of the Iowa Department of Public Health in Governor Terry Branstad's administration.


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