Miller-Meeks Steps Down as Human Resources Chair, Sweeney Named Chair

Today, Iowa Senator Mariannette Miller-Meeks, R-Ottumwa, announced her decision to step down as chair of the Senate Human Resources Committee.

“During the 2019 Iowa Legislative Session I was proud of the work the Human Resources Committee accomplished on a number of important priorities, including improved transparency of prescription drug costs, creating a children’s mental health program, and passing behind the counter birth control through the Senate. I enjoyed working with the House, Senate, and Governor Reynolds to see positive results for Iowans,” said Miller-Meeks.

“Senator Miller-Meeks provided important leadership on the Human Resources Committee,” said Senate Majority Leader Jack Whitver, R-Ankeny. “I look forward to continuing to work with her on policies to reduce the cost of health care and encourage economic growth in Iowa.”

Senator Miller-Meeks is stepping down in order to allocate more time to her run for Iowa Congressional District 2.

Senator Whitver named Senator Annette Sweeney, R-Alden, as the new chair of the Human Resources Committee, replacing Senator Miller-Meeks.

“Senator Sweeney is a rising leader in our caucus and she has the experience to navigate the issues in that committee,” said Whitver. “The work done in Human Resources affects many Iowans and I have full confidence in her leadership of the Human Resources Committee.”

“Chair of the Human Resources Committee is a challenging position and it is a challenge I am eager to meet,” said Sweeney. “I thank Senator Whitver for his faith in me. My constituents and all Iowans know I will work tirelessly in this job.”