Iowan Congressional Candidate Takes First Step In NRCC’s ‘Young Guns’ Program
WASHINGTON – Today, the National Republican Congressional Committee announced that Dr. Mariannette Miller-Meeks has been elevated to ‘On the Radar’ in the NRCC’s ‘Young Guns’ program. The program will help to provide candidates and their campaigns the tools they need to run effective, successful and winning campaigns against their Democratic opponents. Originally founded in the 2007-2008 election cycle by Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA), Majority Whip Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Budget Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), the Young Guns program supports and mentors challenger and open-seat candidates in races across the country. Miller-Meeks is running in Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District.
“I am confident that Dr. Mariannette Miller-Meeks will be a successful and dedicated member of this program and that she will continue to work hard to reach the crucial campaign benchmarks that have been established ahead of the 2014 elections,” said NRCC Chairman Greg Walden. “Iowa’s hardworking families deserve better than skyrocketing health care costs, financial instability and mountains of debt on their backs. I am certain that Mariannette will be a strong contender this election cycle.”
Dr. Mariannette Miller-Meeks is an ophthalmologist who most recently served for three years as the Director of the Iowa Department of Public Health. During her tenure, she showed passion for improving the healthcare and quality of life for Iowans. Dr. Miller-Meeks learned that a lot can be accomplished by putting partisanship aside for the greater good of the people of Iowa. Dr. Miller-Meeks enlisted in the United States Army at age 18 and retired honorably from the reserves as a Lt. Colonel. During those 24 years, active duty and reserve, she served as a private, nurse, and physician. She was the first female faculty member in the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Iowa. During her time, Dr. Miller-Meeks authored numerous articles, presented national lectures and research, awarded the Charles Phelps Award in 1995 and received accolades as one of the country’s best doctors. Additionally, she was inaugurated as the first female president of the Iowa Medical Society in 2006. She and her husband, Curt, live in Ottumwa. They have two grown children, Jonathon and Taylor.
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