Turning Personal Tragedy Into Change: A Lawmaker's Opioid Story
State Senator, Neb.
The experience helped propel her into a career in public service, along with her mother’s late-in-life political turn. After a 30-year career in social work, Howard’s mother became a Nebraska state senator in 2005. Eight years later, she passed the torch to Sara, who was elected at age 30 to fill her mother’s seat. “Seeing how people responded to my mom, and seeing her work so hard as a member of the legislature, was impactful in terms of motivating me to run for office,” Howard says.
In the Senate, Howard has pushed for more transparency in drug prescription services. She succeeded in strengthening the state’s drug monitoring system and in implementing caps on prescription drugs for minors.