Meet Our Members – Sandy Salmon


Representative Sandy Salmon just finished 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, Human 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. Currently Sandy partners with her sister to manage the family farm in northwest Iowa.

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 36 years. Matt is a helicopter pilot and retired from the Iowa Army National Guard with 34 years of military service.

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.

Sandy and Matt have three sons. Caleb and his wife, Sheridan, along with their son Ethan, are at home in Tulsa, Oklahoma where he is an attorney in his own private practice. Jesse and his wife, Lacey, along with their daughter, Sidney and newborn son, Titus, are stationed in Abilene, Texas where Jesse is a Captain on active duty in the Air Force and flies C-130’s. Peter and his wife, Amy with their son, Paul, live nearby in Cedar Falls where is the new senior pastor at Trinity Bible Church.


Sandy is involved in a number of groups and organizations including 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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