State Senator, District 25
Committees: Natural Resources and Environment (Chair), International Relations (Chair), Agriculture (Vice Chair), Education, Human Resources, Legislative Council, Ways and Means
Subcommittee: Education Appropriations
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An Iowa native, Senator Annette Sweeney grew up on a family farm near Buckeye. After graduating from college, she educated middle school students as a teacher of English and speech. Upon her father’s untimely death in 1983, Senator Sweeney moved back home to Buckeye to the family farm with her mother and sister. She and her husband, Dave, still operate the farm today.
Senator Sweeney has deep connections to Iowa’s agriculture community. During her time as a state representative, Sweeney served as chair of the Iowa House Agriculture Committee. Most recently, she served as Iowa Rural Development Director for the United States Department of Agriculture.
Senator Sweeney has served in numerous professional and community leadership positions with various organizations, including the Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance, Iowa Women in Agriculture, Hardin County Assessor Board and Review, Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, Iowa Soybean Association, Iowa Corn Growers Association, Iowa Cattlemen’s Association, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, Iowa 4-H, Iowa Angus Association, and Congressman Tom Latham’s Ag Advisory Task Force.