GOP: Meet Our Members – Sandy Salmon

January 26, 2016


Representative Sandy Salmon is currently serving her second term in the Iowa House.  She represents Iowa’s 63rd District which includes Waverly.

Rep. Salmon is the Vice Chairwoman of the Veterans Affairs committee, and also serves on the Education, Natural Resources, and Public Safety committees, as well as the Agriculture & Natural Resources budget subcommittee.

Sandy and her husband, Matt, live on an acreage between Janesville and Denver and have lived in northeast Iowa 23 years.

Sandy was born in Oklahoma where her dad was stationed at the Army base, Fort Sill. After he was discharged the family moved back to their farm near Kingsley in northwest Iowa. They raised corn, soybeans, hogs, and cattle.

Sandy 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 an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps and served from 1977-1980. She met her husband in the Marines and after being discharged they were married and have been for 33 years. Matt is a helicopter pilot and retired from the Iowa Army National Guard with 34 years of military service. He now flies the medevac helicopter for Methodist Hospital in Des Moines.

Sandy was a home educator for 18 years.  Her family had 3 sons and she home schooled them all the way through high school, K-12, graduating the youngest in 2007. She also helped run an area home school cooperative that provided group educational activities for kids such as gym, choir, drama and speech. In addition, Sandy served as a 4-H leader for 14 years in Black Hawk County.

Her oldest son Caleb is in law school at the University of Tulsa and he and his wife Sheridan live in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Jesse the middle son is a Captain in the Air Force and he flies C-130’s. He and his wife Lacey are stationed in Abilene, Texas and have a 16-month old daughter Sidney. Her youngest son Peter is an assistant pastor at Trinity Bible Church in Cedar Falls and his wife Amy is a nurse.

Sandy served as a clerk for State Senator Bill Dix in the Iowa Senate during the 2011 session. In November 2012 she was elected to serve as a State Representative by the people of Iowa House District #63.

Currently Sandy partners with her sister and an area farmer to manage the family farm in northwest Iowa. Sandy is active in ministry at her church in music ministry and in teaching classes.  In August 2011 she served on a missions team to Uganda and Kenya.

Her memberships include Cornerstone Fellowship Church, NICHE (the state home school organization), Farm Bureau, Marine Corps League, Iowa Corn Growers, Black Hawk County Republican Women, and Black Hawk County Republican Central Committee.

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