A former Congressional candidate in southeast Iowa has stepped down as the head of the Iowa Department of Public Health.
Governor Terry Branstad announced the resignation of Mariannette Miller-Meeks on Thursday, but did provide a reason for her departure.
Miller-Meeks is an opthalmologist from Ottumwa. She twice ran unsuccessfully for Congress as a Republican in Iowa's 2nd Congressional District (2008 & 2010).
Miller Meeks was recently criticized for comments she made in October where she inaccurately stated that the top item bought with food stamps in Iowa is Mountain Due.
A spokeswoman for the Iowa Department of Public Health later said that Miller-Meeks "regrets that she miscommunicated the information."
Miller-Meeks says she will "explore other opportunities outside state government."
Governor Branstad has named deputy director Gerd Clabaugh as the interim director of the Iowa Department of Public Health.