Iowa Representative Reunites With Daughter 47 Years Later

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A member of the Iowa Legislature has reunited with the daughter she released for adoption 47 years ago.

On a Saturday morning this year, State Rep. Marti Anderson’s phone rang, and her daughter, Shellie Price Wardlaw, was on the other line.

Wardlaw tells the Des Moines Register that she found Anderson after taking a DNA test through in January, which identified a maternal match. Anderson had taken the same test in December.

Wardlaw had been wondering about her birth parents since she found out she was adopted at age 7.

Anderson says she had been awaiting that phone call for four decades. Anderson then met up with her daughter at her home just across town in Des Moines.

Anderson says she hopes to start making up for lost time.

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