About Mariannette Miller-Meeks

Patriot. Volunteer. Caring Doctor.

Dr. Mariannette Miller-Meeks is the Republican nominee in Iowa's 2nd Congressional District, encompassing 15 counties in eastern Iowa. Mariannette's personal story, compassion as a doctor, background as a small business owner, and service to her country in the US Army make her a well-rounded political outsider who can best represent eastern Iowa in Congress and end the reckless policies in Washington.

Dr. Mariannette Miller-Meeks retired with an honorable discharge as a Lt. Colonel after 24 years in the United States Army. And, after years of serving Iowa families as an ophthalmologist in Ottumwa, Mariannette left her practice in 2008 but continues to serve others. Today, she volunteers her time and medical services at a free health clinic for families who have fallen on hard times.

Growing Up Poor, Overcoming Odds and Obstacles

Mariannette grew up poor in a military family, and was the 4th of 8 children.
Born the fourth of eight children to a Master Sergeant in the Air Force and his wife, Mariannette spent most of her childhood in Texas learning at a very early age that if you work hard enough you can and will succeed. Her father often worked two or three jobs to support the family, and eventually fulfilled his dream of owning a peanut farm. Mariannette's mother, who never finished high school, worked numerous jobs to help support the family until her health prevented her from working.

Mariannette originally dreamed of becoming a teacher because she loved school and reading, and wanted to share her passion with others. However, in 10th grade she and her younger brother were severely burned in a kitchen fire. During her hospitalization, Mariannette was treated by a wonderful physical therapist. It was because of her, that Mariannette decided she would become a doctor so she could help others as she had been helped.

A Dedicated Student, US Army Nurse

Mariannette enlisted in the US Army, served her country for over 20 years and retired as a Lt. Colonel.
At the young age of 16, Mariannette successfully finished an accelerated program of studies, left high school and entered college getting some financial assistance through a military program. Living with her sister, Mariannette worked night shifts to support herself. After losing her job and not being able to pay her bills, Mariannette applied for food stamps but was rejected because her sister made $10.00 too much. Even though it didn't seem so at the time, getting declined turned out to be a good thing because it forced Mariannette to continue to look for work, resulting in her gaining successful employment as a switchboard operator at Holiday Inn.

Mariannette graduated college summa cum laude and was inducted into Sigma Theta Tau the National Nursing Honor Society. At 20, she transferred from the enlisted ranks in the military into the officer corps as a nurse. Mariannette earned her Masters of Science degree in Education from the University of Southern California, and after 6 years active duty, she entered medical school in 1982 at the University of Texas and graduated in the top of her class, achieving Alpha Omega Alpha (the national medical honor society).

Taking the Oath of Medicine

Mariannette was on faculty at the Universities Iowa and Michigan, and would later serve as President of the Iowa Medical Society.
After completing her residency in ophthalmology at the University of Iowa, Mariannette joined the faculty at the University of Michigan and was then recruited back to the University of Iowa as the first female faculty member in the department of ophthalmology. She has authored numerous articles, presented national lectures and research, awarded the Charles Phelps Award in 1995 and has received numerous distinctions as one of America's best doctors.

Additionally, Mariannette served as the councilor for Iowa to the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), currently serves as an associate examiner for the American Board of Ophthalmology from whom she received an achievement award by the AAO, and was inaugurated as the first woman president of the Iowa Medical Society in 2006. She is the current president of the Iowa Academy of Ophthalmology and is an alternate delegate to the AMA, and as such, she requested the AMA to rescind its endorsement of the House health care reform bill.

A Community Leader and Volunteer

Mariannette organized a physician recruitment and retention organization to help bring physicians to the Southeast Iowa area. She has also served as a C.A.S.A (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer for children, and currently volunteers her medical expertise at the Community Health Free Clinic in Cedar Rapids.

Small Business Owner, A Devoted Mother and Loving Wife

Mariannette and her husband Curt have two kids, and reside in Ottumwa.
Up until 2008, Mariannette owned a private ophthalmology practice in her hometown of Ottumwa that has provided top quality care to patients, good paying jobs to her community, and valuable first hand insight into the tremendous financial and regulatory burdens government often places on small business.

Mariannette met her husband Curt while they were both stationed at Walter Reed Army Hospital, and continued to work night shifts while procuring the remainder of her pre-med courses. After a 15-month deployment following 9/11, Curt retired in 2006 at the rank of Lt. Colonel. He currently serves as the Compliance Officer at Ottumwa Regional Health Center. Together they have two children. Jonathon is a graduate of Colgate University in Hamilton, New York and their daughter Taylor is currently attending Wake Forest University in North Carolina, majoring in education.

Mariannette has coached soccer, taught science classes for the 6th grade, served on the parish council of St. Mary's church, as President of the Wapello County Medical Society twice, and as President of the medical staff of Ottumwa Regional Health Center.

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Mailing Address: P.O. Box 3091 Iowa City, IA 52244 | Phone: 641-777-4251