(Des Moines) - Representative Annette Sweeney (R-Alden) today has filed her petitions with the Iowa Secretary of State to seek re-election in the newly formed House District 50, which includes northern Hardin, all of Grundy and southern Butler counties.
"I am thrilled today to file my paperwork with the Secretary of State's office to place my name on the ballot for the June 5th primary in the new House District 50," said Representative Sweeney. " I am humbled and honored to receive so much encouragement and support from everyone to continue as your state representative in Des Moines". Sweeney went on to say, "I'm not going to Des Moines to just pass time, I want to make a difference and leave this state in better shape than it was just four short years ago."
In Sweeney's time in the legislature, she has been a champion of rural Iowa by authoring national legislation that protects family farms from extremist groups. Sweeney also led a trade mission to South Korea and China in 2011, which led to the opening of those markets to Iowa products. She has also been an outspoken defender and co-sponsor of several pro-life bills in the Iowa House, and co-sponsor of the Marriage Amendment in the State of Iowa. Also during Sweeney's time in the Iowa House, she has been champion for Iowa's taxpayers by holding the line on state spending and made sure that Iowa's commitment to its veterans is fulfilled.
Sweeney serves as the Chair of the House Agriculture Committee, and is a member of the Veterans, Education and Natural Resources Committees. Sweeney is also member of the Iowa Parks Foundation Board, and a member of the State Agriculture and Rural Leaders board, an international organization. Recently, Sweeney was recognized for her commitment to serving the people of Iowa and was chosen as the recipient of the Uncommon Public Service Award from the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library Association in 2011, and named Legislator of the Year by Sportsmen's & Animal Owners' Voting Alliance in 2011. Annette lives on her family farm near Alden with her husband David of 26 years.