State Senator, District 29
Committees: Veterans Affairs (Vice Chair), Education, Health and Human Services, State Government
Subcommittee: Justice System Appropriations
Senator Sandy Salmon and her husband, Matt, live on an acreage near Janesville and have lived in northeast Iowa 30 years. She was born in Oklahoma where her dad was stationed at the Army base Fort Sill. After he was discharged, they moved back to the family farm near Kingsley in northwest Iowa where she grew up. They raised corn, soybeans, hogs, and cattle.
Senator Salmon graduated from Kingsley-Pierson High School in 1973 and later from UNI in 1977 with a degree in Business Management. Upon graduation, she was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps and served from 1977-1980. She met her husband in the Marines, and after she was discharged they were married and have been for 42 years. Matt is a helicopter pilot and retired from the Iowa Army National Guard with 34 years of military service. Senator Salmon was a home educator for 18 years. They had three sons and she homeschooled them all the way through high school, K-12, graduating the youngest in 2007. She also helped run an area homeschool cooperative that provided group educational activities for kids such as gym, choir, drama and speech.
Additionally, Senator Salmon also served as a 4-H leader for 14 years in Black Hawk County. Their three sons are all married with families and careers of their own, one an attorney in private practice, one a pilot for UPS and in the air guard, and one the lead pastor of Trinity Bible Church in Cedar Falls. She and her husband have 13 grandchildren.
Currently, Senator Salmon partners with her sister and their farmer to manage the family farm in northwest Iowa.
Senator Salmon was first elected to the Iowa House representing District 63 in 2012 and served through 2022. In 2022, she was elected State Senator for Iowa Senate District 29 which covers Bremer, Butler, Chickasaw, and most of Floyd counties.
She is a wife, mother, and grandmother who loves God, her family, her state, and her country. As such, she is a pro-life, pro-family, and a constitutional and fiscal conservative. She feels blessed to be able to call Iowa and America home.