Anesa is serving her 1st term in the Iowa House of Representatives. She currently serves on the Commerce, Local Government, State Government, Ways and Means and the Economic Development Appropriations subcommittees.
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 4 years in various 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 at GMAC Mortgage, where she assists homeowners keep their home as a mortgage analyst. She has been an active member of the Waterloo community and was recently named as a member of the Waterloo Community Development board and has been active with the Black Hawk Democratic Central Committee since 2006.