IA Senate: Theresa Greenfield (D)
Theresa Greenfield grew up on a family farm, where she and her four siblings learned the value of hard work and self-reliance. Her father encouraged his daughters to do everything the boys did on the Greenfield farm, and at 16, Greenfield and her sister began helping with the family crop-dusting business.
With the help of financial aid and multiple part-time jobs, she put herself through school.
Greenfield married and as she and her first husband were expecting their second child, he was killed in an accident at his job as a union electrical worker.
Greenfield worked as an urban planner and has worked in real estate and development in Iowa.
She currently lives with her husband Steve in Des Moines and together they have four grown children: Tanya, a media specialist; Nick, a horticulturist; Phil, a healthcare consultant; and Dane, a soldier in the U.S. Army.