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Sandra H. Greiner

State Senator
Senate District 39
1005 Highway 92 Keota IA, 52248

(515) 281-3371



Biographical Information

Sandra Hayes Greiner is the fifth generation of her family to farm in Washington County. She and her husband, Terry, farm Southeast of Keota on a diversified grain and livestock farm. The Greiner’s are the parents of three adult sons, who farm with their parents. Two daughters-in-law and six grandchildren complete the family.

Greiner is a product of the Washington Community School system and attended Stephens College in Columbia, MO.

Terry and Sandy Greiner are members of St Mary’s Catholic Church in Keota, where Sandy serves as a Lector and Communion Distributor.

The Greiners’ are members of a litany of agricultural groups, including Pork Producers, Farm Bureau, Corn Growers and the Soybean Assn. as well as an assortment of local civic organizations.

Sandy was first elected to the Iowa Legislature in 1992, and served on a variety of committees during her 16 years in the Legislature, most recently on the State Government Committee, the Environmental Protection Committee, and the Agriculture Committee. She previously chaired the Environmental Protection Committee.

At one time she also served on the Ag and Natural Resources Appropriations Sub Committee, and was charged with writing a $40 million budget each fiscal year.

Sandy is credited with co-authoring, with Senator H. Kay Hedge, R- Fremont, landmark legislation which eradicated Pseudorabies in Iowa.

While chairing the House Environmental Protection Committee, she handled several important Water Quality pieces and floor managed the bill to create the Watershed Improvement Review Board.

Sandy brought a lifetime of volunteer experience to the Iowa Legislature, and was awarded the Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Award by Governor Branstad in 1993.

In 1995, she was named Outstanding Legislator of the Year by the American Legislative Exchange Council, a conservative, free-market group of elected officials. She was the first Iowan to receive that award in the history of that organization.

In 2004, Representative Greiner was named a “Friend of Biotechnology” by the Iowa Biotechnology Assn. Also, in 2004 she was named Legislator of the Year by the Iowa Agribusiness Association.

And in 2005 she was named National Legislator of the Year by Crop Life America, the first Legislator in the U.S. to receive this National award.

The Biotechnology Industry Organization named Sandy as the State Legislator of the year in 2006 in recognition of her efforts on behalf of Agricultural Biotechnology.

And in 2007, the Iowa Pork Producers named Greiner as an Honorary Master Pork Producer, the only Legislator to receive such recognition in the past 35 years.

Not all of Greiner’s legislative work has centered on Ag and Environment issues, although that is where she focused most of her energy. She was appointed by party leaders to serve on the Iowa Legislative Council, a group that oversees legislative business while the Legislature is adjourned. She served in that capacity from 2004-2008.

Sandy spent 14 years as the Iowa Chair of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a free-market group of elected officials and as a member of ALEC’s Ag & Environment Task Force, helping to craft model legislation for use in the states.

Sandy was a Delegate to the 2004 Republican National Convention in New York City. She was elected by her peers to represent Iowa on the National Rules Committee, and served as the Secretary of the National Rules Committee at the 2004 Convention. She was also a Delegate to the 2008 Republican National Convention in St Paul, and was elected to serve, again, on the National Rules Committee.

Sandy is currently serving as President of American Future Fund, a national group advocating for free market ideas and legislation.

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