Mariannette Miller-Meeks

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

Mariannette Miller-Meeks was the 2014 Republican nominee for the U.S. House of Representatives seat for Iowa's 2nd District, but lost to incumbent Rep. David Loebsack. She was also the Republican nominee for that seat in 2008 and 2010. In all three races, she faced Rep. 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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