Sarah has always felt called to serve.
Today, this same sense of call is what inspires her to serve in the Iowa state legislature.
Over the course of her life, this call has taken many forms. It was what led her to join AmeriCorps right out of college, to help victims of domestic violence. It was what sustained her as a hospital chaplain, caring for people during times of crisis. It was what inspired her to become a Lutheran minister, to provide leadership to communities of faith. And it was what took her out of the parish and into the nonprofit world, to bring diverse people together around a common cause of caring for our neighbors.
Sarah and her husband, Will, have lived all over the country—in rural communities, big cities, and small towns. Like many Iowans, they came here for the opportunity to build a life for their family. But since 2014 she has watched as those things that are most important—good schools, clean water, quality accessible healthcare, economic opportunity, civil rights—get neglected or outright undermined by our state legislature.
She recognizes the challenges that are facing our state and is inspired to step up in leadership for the people of Iowa.
As a parent of two sons, she knows the difference it would make if our state supported child care and public education. As a community member, she has personally encountered how the lack of affordable housing, stagnant wages, and regressive policies have discouraged people from staying in our state or moving to Iowa. As a pastor, she’s seen her neighbors struggle to make ends meet, finding little access to the care and resources they need to thrive. And as a nonprofit leader, she knows that real change could happen if our state government worked collaboratively with nonprofits, business leaders, and citizens.
A bright future for Iowa is on the horizon, but we need the right leadership to get there. Sarah Trone Garriott is that leader for State Senate District 22.