Janice (Janice) Weiner (D-45)

State Senator Janice Weiner

Janice (Janice) Weiner (D-45)
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Capitol: 515.281.3371
FAX: 515.242.5212
District: 571.426.9869
State Capitol 1007 East Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50319
1007 East Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50319

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Janice grew up in Coralville. She attended Coralville Central, the then-newly opened Northwest Junior High, and graduated from West High School at the top of her class in 1976. She spent her senior year as an AFS exchange student in Belgium. She credits her Iowa public school education with her admission to Princeton University, where she graduated in 1980 magna cum laude, winning a senior thesis prize. After a year's break, she attended law school at Stanford University, graduating in 1984. After a post-graduate fellowship at an international law institute in Munich, Janice practiced law in Palo Alto CA before joining the U.S. State Department in November 1987. Her first posting was in East Berlin, both before and after the Berlin Wall fell - an experience that combined totalitarianism with a grassroots, peaceful revolution - dual lessons that Janice never forgot. She then served in Brussels, Belgium, and Ankara, Turkey, where she won awards as Embassy human rights officer during the height of the PKK insurgency, forging relationships with many who risked their lives to defend human rights. Subsequent posts included Washington; Warsaw, Poland; Toronto, Canada; Ankara, Turkey as political counselor; Mexico City as embassy press attache; and Dusseldorf, Germany as Consul General. Her final posting was in the bureau of legislative affairs at the State Department, liaising with Capitol Hill. After retiring from the Foreign Service, Janice worked for the American Foreign Service Association (AFSA), the bargaining unit and professional association of the Foreign Service. She moved back to Iowa in 2015 with her younger daughter, who will graduate from West High this spring. Janice likes to run; enjoys theater - she grew up doing community theater here with her parents - loves music, the outdoors, and her dogs. She has two daughters and a new granddaughter. She is on the board of Shelter House, and of Agudas Achim Synagogue; she is a member of the program committee of the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council; a member of the Johnson County Democrats Central Committee; and enjoys playing with the Community Band, singing with the Hospice Singers, and helping out at Free Lunch when the Dems take their turn. Janice has always had a passion for politics. In the Foreign Service, she forged relationships across the political spectrum, with all walks of life and all socio-economic levels. She learned to listen and hear the subtleties. In 1984, Janice ran Get Out the Vote for the Iowa Democrats in Johnson County (when Harkin was first elected to the US Senate). In fall 2016, she dusted off her grassroots political skills and worked for three intensive months as a field organizer. The results of the 2016 elections only deepened her determination to ensure that good, progressive candidates who care about all the people get into office. Her credo is that, as a country, we are ultimately measured by how well we treat those at the bottom of society's rungs.

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First Elected: 2022    Next Election: 2026
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