Republican Women Support Sweeney for Senate

IowaFRW Member Is Nominee for District 25 special election April 10
DES MOINES – “The Iowa Federation of Republican Women fully supports Annette Sweeney’s candidacy for the Iowa Senate, representing District 25,” Gloria Mazza, IowaFRW president, said in a statement Thursday. “Sweeney is a long-time member of the Federation, a lifelong Iowan and a forever champion of Iowa’s residents, resources and industries.”

Sweeney is the Republican nominee for the seat vacated earlier this month by Sen. Bill Dix. The special election will be held April 10 for voters in District 25, which comprises Butler, Grundy, Hardin and Story counties in Central Iowa. Sweeney and her husband, Dave, raise cattle and crops on their farm in Hardin County. Sweeney resigned her post as State Director for USDA Rural Development in Iowa last week to run for this Senate seat. She formerly served in the Iowa House of Representatives from 2009 to 2012 and as the chair of the House Agriculture Committee. Sweeney led the Women for Trump coalition during President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign and is a former educator and publisher. She is president of Iowa Agri-Women and received the Howard Hoover Uncommon Public Servant award.

“Thank you to the delegates of Senate District 25, who have put their faith in me,” Sweeney said. “I was very happy at Rural Development and want to say thank you to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and to Senators Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst for their belief in me to be at USDA. Now as we move forward in Central Iowa, between now and the election less than three weeks away, I am anxious to share my vision and to take our shared values and solutions to Des Moines as your next state senator. I humbly ask for your vote on Tuesday, April 10.”

Mazza added: “Annette, as a conservative woman, is the right candidate at the right time as we continue to work to help elect true conservatives. As we look at our candidates and those who portray conservative qualities, it is easy to say that Annette checks all the boxes.”

The Iowa Federation of Republican Women (, founded in 1939 in Tama County, is the premier organization for uniting the voices and values within the Republican Party, and is part of the National Federation of Republican Women, founded in 1938. The NFRW ( is the largest and most influential women’s political organization in the nation, proudly representing the party that first made it possible for women to vote in the U.S. and working to increase the effectiveness and relevance of women in the cause of good government.