Winner of special Senate election sworn in at Iowa Capitol

April 16, 2018

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A former Iowa House lawmaker has been sworn in as a state senator.

Annette Sweeney, of Alden, took an oath Monday at the state Capitol. She represents Senate District 25, which is made up of Grundy and Hardin counties, and portions of Butler and Story counties.

The 60-year-old Sweeney is now the second female Republican in the chamber, where the party has a majority. She won a special election on April 10 to replace Bill Dix. Dix, a former majority leader, resigned last month after a video surfaced that showed the married Shell Rock Republican kissing a Statehouse lobbyist.

Sweeney was a member of the Iowa House from 2009 to 2013. She plans to run for a full four-year senate term in this year’s midterm elections.

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