State Senator Sandy Greiner has served in the Iowa legislature for all but two of the last 20 years. Greiner announced on Friday that she will not be seeking re-election to another term in Senate District 39.
Greiner served four terms in the Iowa House beginning in 1992. She left the House to run for the Iowa Senate in 2000, where she only served two years due to redistricting. Greiner then returned to the Iowa House where she served another three terms before retiring before the 2008 elections. In 2010, Greiner came out of retirement to defeat Democrat incumbent Becky Schmitz in the southeast Iowa district.
Greiner’s retirement isn’t necessarily unexpected, but holding the seat will now be more difficult for Senate Republicans. Senate District 39 has 13335 registered Democrats and 13352 registered Republicans. The district, which now includes part of rural Johnson County, will be a key battleground in the upcoming election. The race could also end up being one of the more costly senate contests in 2014.
On a personal note:
Sandy Greiner is one of my favorite legislators for a number of reasons.
First and foremost, she has always displayed a passion to do what is in the best interest of the state and the people of her district. Secondly, few legislators work harder at helping elect other Republicans than she does. During the heat of an election, Greiner could often be found in a campaign office making phone calls to help get a fellow Republican elected. It didn’t matter if it was a special election or a general election, Greiner was always willing to be part of the team. You just don’t see that many veteran legislators working in the trenches to help other Republicans be successful.
My fondness for Greiner goes beyond respect for her work as a legislator and Republican activists. Greiner is a no-nonsense individual who is never afraid to tell you what she thinks. While the Iowa Capitol is still very much a men’s fraternity, Greiner could more than hold her own amongst her colleagues. Even more impressive to me was her ability to not take herself too seriously and the fact that she tried to remind her peers that they were no different than anyone else.
My favorite Greiner memory from Greiner’s legislative career was her retirement speech in the Iowa House House in 1999. I’ve never seen so many uncomfortable legislators and staffers in my life. I’d retell the story, but I could never do it justice. All I’ll say is that you can bet I’ll be in the chamber when Greiner gives her retirement speech next spring.
Greiner is a class act, and she will be sorely missed in the legislature.
Thank you, Senator Greiner, for all your years of service.