House District 61
1225 East Ridgeway Avenue
Waterloo IA, 50702
Anesa is serving her 2nd term in the Iowa House of Representatives. She currently serves on the Commerce, Appropriations, State Government, Veterans’ Affairs, and the Economic Development Appropriations subcommittee.
Anesa was born in Western Bosnia. At the age of seven, Anesa was exposed to the destruction of the conflict in Bosnia. She and her parents and sister fled the country as refugees. They spent some time in refugee camps before taking the opportunity to move to Iowa in 1997 with the hopes of a better, more stable life with more opportunities.
Upon Anesa’s parent’s arrival to Iowa with very limited resources and language barriers, they were quickly faced with obstacles and hurdles regarding employment. Both of Anesa’s parents went on to find labor jobs, sometimes holding multiple jobs, while Anesa & her sister were children. While her parents worked at manual labor jobs, Anesa quickly was reminded of how important having a union represent the workforce can be, as her mother was injured on the job and was denied the opportunity to visit the physician of her choice.
Anesa excelled in school and went on to earn both her Business and Public Administration Bachelor Degrees from the University of Northern Iowa in 2007, 3 years after she graduated High School.
After college, Anesa eventually went on to gain employment for mortgage and insurance companies. She has served in a number of different roles and served in various organizations. Anesa is a member of the American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL), New Deal Leaders, Waterloo Business and Professional Women, and a former member of the Waterloo Community Development Board. She has been a participant of the Urban-Ag Academy, Cedar Valley Watershed Coalition, and the Midwestern Legislative Energy Council. Additionally, Anesa has also attained international experience as one of the ACYPL U.S. delegates to China and Taiwan with the Midwestern legislature.