DAVENPORT – The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), a nonpartisan and member-driven advocacy group for small and independent businesses, today endorsed Republican congressional candidate Mariannette Miller-Meeks in Iowa’s 2nd District.

Speaking at a news conference prior to a roundtable discussion about issues important to local NFIB members, Miller-Meeks underscored the importance of small businesses to the American economy. “Small businesses are the economic engine that power so many communities across the Second District, our state and nation. As a former small business owner, I am honored to have the NFIB’s endorsement and support,” said Miller-Meeks who owned and operated a private ophthalmology practice from 1997 to 2009.

The Ottumwa state senator added, “I think it’s important that we elect legislators who understand how small businesses operate, and who offer real solutions to help small business owners as they endure this public health crisis and its uncertain aftermath. Clearly, the NFIB’s members feel just as strongly about that point because they know the choice in this election is the difference between having someone committed to their success or a Democrat who will burden them with high taxes, more regulations and fewer opportunities to survive.”

The NFIB, founded in 1943, is recognized as ‘the voice of small business” in government decision-making through advocacy. Its members are active in all 50 state capitals and Washington , D.C., to encourage legislation and policies to help small business in such areas as taxes, health care, regulatory reform, labor and the economy.

Miller-Meeks is an ophthalmologist and a 24-year U.S. Army veteran who represents Iowa Senate District 41, which includes Davis, Jefferson, Van Buren and Wapello counties. She is seeking the seat vacated by Rep. Dave Loebsack, a seven-term Democratic congressman. After 14 years of Democrat control, Cook Political rates Iowa’s 2nd district as a “toss-up.”  Among the 31 Democrat-controlled House districts won by President Trump in 2016, Iowa’s 2nd District is the only open seat in the country.

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