Ashley HinsonAshley Hinson

Current Position: US Representative for IA 1st District since 2021
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): State Delegate from 2017 – 2021

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Hinson Hosts Town Hall in Tama
hinson.house.gov, Press ReleaseAugust 31, 2021

Washington, D.C. – Representative Ashley Hinson (IA-01) held a town hall in Tama County today as she continues to follow through on her commitment to being transparent and accessible to her constituents. Questions from constituents were not pre-screened or filtered.

“Thank you to everyone who joined my town hall in Tama County today. We had a great discussion on a wide range of issues including the border crisis, runaway government spending, and concerns about the Administration’s plan to eliminate stepped-up basis. 

“The feedback I received today will be invaluable when I head back to Washington soon—I’ll keep bringing the kitchen table issues to Congress and proposing common sense solutions to the real challenges Iowans are facing.” 
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Current Position: US Representative for IA 1st District since 2021
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): State Delegate from 2017 – 2021

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Hinson Hosts Town Hall in Tama
hinson.house.gov, Press ReleaseAugust 31, 2021

Washington, D.C. – Representative Ashley Hinson (IA-01) held a town hall in Tama County today as she continues to follow through on her commitment to being transparent and accessible to her constituents. Questions from constituents were not pre-screened or filtered.

“Thank you to everyone who joined my town hall in Tama County today. We had a great discussion on a wide range of issues including the border crisis, runaway government spending, and concerns about the Administration’s plan to eliminate stepped-up basis. 

“The feedback I received today will be invaluable when I head back to Washington soon—I’ll keep bringing the kitchen table issues to Congress and proposing common sense solutions to the real challenges Iowans are facing.” 
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About

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A native Iowan, Ashley has served her home state in various capacities over the years.

She grew up in Des Moines, and after receiving her B.A. in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Southern California, she moved to the Cedar Rapids area to work and raise a family. She currently lives in Marion with her husband, Matt, who is a small business owner and their two sons, Max and Jax.

For nearly a decade, Ashley was an on-air reporter for KCRG-TV in Cedar Rapids. She traveled throughout the state to cover issues that mattered to Iowans and tell their stories on air. During her time as a reporter she won multiple accolades, including two Midwest regional Emmy awards and recognition as both a RTDNA Health Reporting Fellow and a Waypoint Tribute to Women Honoree.

Her reporting career inspired her to serve Iowans in a different way– by running for a seat in the Iowa State House. In 2017, she became the first woman to represent Iowa’s 67th district, which includes Hiawatha, Robins, Cedar Rapids and Marion. During her tenure, she was a fierce advocate for taxpayers, helping to cut taxes and reign in irresponsible spending. She also championed workforce development and rural broadband initiatives and helped make childcare more accessible for working parents across Iowa.

Ashley is deeply involved in her community. She belongs to Antioch Christian Church, and is a member of March of Dimes, Young Parents Network and the National Council on Youth Leadership.

Ashley now represents Iowa’s First District in Congress and fights each day for Iowa families, businesses, and farmers.

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Ashley Elizabeth Hinson (née Arenholz; born June 27, 1983)[1] is an American politician and journalist serving as the U.S. Representative for Iowa’s 1st congressional district since 2021. A member of the Republican Party, her district comprises much of the northeast quadrant of the state, including Cedar Rapids, Waterloo, Cedar Falls and Dubuque.

Hinson was the Iowa State Representative for the 67th district from 2017 to 2021, the first woman to represent the district.[2] She won a seat in the United States House of Representatives in the 2020 election, narrowly defeating incumbent Democrat Abby Finkenauer. Hinson, along with Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks, are the first Republican women to represent Iowa in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Early life, education and career

A native of Des Moines, Iowa, Hinson is a graduate of Valley High School in West Des Moines and the University of Southern California, where she studied broadcast journalism.[3] She is an alumna of the Pi Beta Phi sorority.[4] Hinson began her career as an anchor for KCRG-TV.[5]

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Elections

In 2016, Hinson decided to run for Iowa’s 67th House District, based in Linn County, Iowa. She defeated Democrat Mark Seidl 62.5%-37.5%.[6]

This Cedar Rapids suburban district is very competitive politically. 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton won this district over Donald Trump by two percentage points.[7]

In 2018, Hinson faced a competitive race against teacher Eric Gjerde. She defeated him, 52%–48%.[8][9]

Committee assignments

Hinson served on several committees in the Iowa House – the Judiciary committee; the Public Safety committee; and the Transportation committee, where she was chair. She also served on the Transportation, Infrastructure, and Capitals Appropriations Subcommittee.

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Elections

On May 13, 2019, Hinson filed paperwork to run against Democratic incumbent Abby Finkenauer in Iowa’s 1st congressional district.[7]

The district, which encompasses 20 counties in northeastern Iowa, was flipped in the 2018 election.[10] Hinson was announced as a “contender” by the National Republican Congressional Committee. She was endorsed by Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds and Lieutenant Governor Adam Gregg.[11] On June 2, 2020, Hinson won the Republican primary.[12]

Hinson focused her campaign on cutting taxes and building infrastructure.[2] In July 2020, The New York Times reported on several instances of Hinson’s campaign website plagiarizing portions of articles from media outlets. Hinson said she “was unaware of the plagiarism when I reviewed drafts presented to me by staff. As a journalist I take this extremely seriously and am deeply sorry for the mistake. The staff responsible will be held accountable.”[13][14]

Hinson beat incumbent Democrat Abby Finkenauer in the November general election.[15]

Tenure

Hinson, along with all other Senate and House Republicans, voted against the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.[16]

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Electoral history

ElectionPolitical resultCandidatePartyVotes%
Iowa House of Representatives General Election, 2018 [21]
District 67
Turnout: 16,537
Republican holdAshley HinsonRepublican8,59352.0%
Eric Gjerde Democratic7,93248.0%
Write-in votes120.1%
Iowa House of Representatives General Election, 2016 [22]
District 67
Turnout: 17,997
Republican holdAshley HinsonRepublican11,24862.50%
Mark Seidl Democratic6,74937.50%
2020 Election for U.S. Representative of Iowa’s 1st Congressional District
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Ashley Hinson 212,088 51.2
DemocraticAbby Finkenauer (incumbent)201,34748.7
Write-in4340.1

Personal life

On November 12, 2020, Hinson tested positive for COVID-19.[23]

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References

  1. ^ “Representative Ashley Hinson”. Retrieved December 30, 2020.
  2. ^ a b Stabile, Angelica (November 9, 2020). “13 GOP women join the House, dominating congressional elections, making history”. FOX News. Retrieved November 23, 2020.
  3. ^ “Alumni: Ashley Hinson”. Annenberg TV News. Retrieved January 20, 2019.
  4. ^ “Representative Ashley Elizabeth Hinson (Ashley) (R-Iowa, 1st) – Biography from LegiStorm”. www.legistorm.com. Retrieved March 17, 2021.
  5. ^ Carros, Adam (January 18, 2019). “Rep. Hinson considering run for Congress”. KCRG-TV9. Retrieved January 20, 2019.
  6. ^ https://sos.iowa.gov/elections/pdf/2016/general/canvsummary.pdf
  7. ^ a b Rynard, Pat. “Ashley Hinson Files For 1st District Run Against Abby Finkenauer”. Iowa Starting Line. Retrieved June 9, 2020.
  8. ^ “Ashley Hinson”. Ballotpedia. Retrieved June 9, 2020.
  9. ^ “Gjerde and Hinson attack one another’s record in TV ads”. kcrg.com. Retrieved August 26, 2020.
  10. ^ “Ashley Hinson, Abby Finkenauer raise $3 million in 2019 for Iowa’s 1st District race”. The Gazette. January 8, 2020. Retrieved June 9, 2020.
  11. ^ “Hinson Turns in More Than Four Times the Required Signatures to be on the Ballot”. February 25, 2020. Retrieved August 26, 2020.
  12. ^ KCRG News Staff. “Hinson wins 1st District Republican nomination, will face Finkenauer”. kcrg.com. Retrieved June 3, 2020.
  13. ^ “Top Democrats Send Letter on Possible Foreign Meddling in November Election”. The New York Times. July 20, 2020. Retrieved April 23, 2021.
  14. ^ I violated your trust’: Ashley Hinson apologizes for plagiarism”. KCCI. July 26, 2020. Retrieved April 23, 2021.
  15. ^ Gruber-Miller, Stephen (November 2, 2020). “Republican Ashley Hinson unseats U.S. Rep. Abby Finkenauer in Iowa’s 1st District”. Des Moines Register. Retrieved April 23, 2021.
  16. ^ Carl Hulse (March 6, 2021). “After Stimulus Victory in Senate, Reality Sinks in: Bipartisanship Is Dead”. New York Times.
  17. ^ “Hinson Tapped to Serve on House Appropriations Committee | Representative Ashley Hinson”. hinson.house.gov. Retrieved February 2, 2021.
  18. ^ “Hinson Named To Key Appropriations Subcommittees | Representative Ashley Hinson”. hinson.house.gov. Retrieved February 2, 2021.
  19. ^ a b “Hinson Selected to Serve on House Budget Committee | Representative Ashley Hinson”. hinson.house.gov. Retrieved February 2, 2021.
  20. ^ “Membership”. Republican Study Committee. December 6, 2017. Retrieved March 28, 2021.
  21. ^ “Official Results”. Iowa Secretary of State. Retrieved January 20, 2019.
  22. ^ “2016 General Election Canvass Summary” (PDF). Iowa Secretary of State. p. 131. Retrieved January 20, 2019.
  23. ^ “Congresswoman-elect Ashley Hinson tests positive for COVID-19, will isolate”. KCCI. November 12, 2020. Retrieved June 7, 2021.

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Mariannette Miller-MeeksMariannette Miller-Meeks

Current Position: US Representative for IA 2nd Distridt since 2021
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): State Senator from 2019 – 2021; Director of the Iowa Department of Public Health from 2011 – 2014

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Miller-Meeks Announces Federal Grants for Second District Fire Departments
millermeeks.house.gov, Press ReleaseSeptember 2, 2021

OTTUMWA, I.A.—Today, September 2nd, 2021, Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks (IA-02) announced that two federal grants have been awarded to fire departments in Iowa’s Second District.

The fire departments for the cities of Burlington and Osceola were recently awarded grants from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) Grant program. This program is administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in cooperation with the U.S. Fire Administration.

Through the grants, the City of Burlington will receive $91,883.64, and the City of Osceola will receive $180,223.33 to support fire prevention and safety.

“I am thrilled to see FEMA award grants to two deserving Iowa fire departments. These grants will go a long way to supporting the fire departments in Burlington and Osceola,” said Miller-Meeks. “I applaud DHS and FEMA for working to assist our local fire companies. As a member of the Homeland Security Committee, with jurisdiction over DHS and FEMA, I look forward to continuing to work to support Iowans wherever I can.”

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Current Position: US Representative for IA 2nd Distridt since 2021
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): State Senator from 2019 – 2021; Director of the Iowa Department of Public Health from 2011 – 2014

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OTTUMWA, I.A.—Today, September 2nd, 2021, Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks (IA-02) announced that two federal grants have been awarded to fire departments in Iowa’s Second District.

The fire departments for the cities of Burlington and Osceola were recently awarded grants from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) Grant program. This program is administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in cooperation with the U.S. Fire Administration.

Through the grants, the City of Burlington will receive $91,883.64, and the City of Osceola will receive $180,223.33 to support fire prevention and safety.

“I am thrilled to see FEMA award grants to two deserving Iowa fire departments. These grants will go a long way to supporting the fire departments in Burlington and Osceola,” said Miller-Meeks. “I applaud DHS and FEMA for working to assist our local fire companies. As a member of the Homeland Security Committee, with jurisdiction over DHS and FEMA, I look forward to continuing to work to support Iowans wherever I can.”

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About

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Mariannette’s father was a Master Sergeant in the United States Air Force who was forced to take up extra work, sometimes two or three jobs, to support their family. Her mother, who did not have a high school education, also worked multiple jobs.

Mariannette originally dreamed of becoming a teacher because she loved school and wanted to share her passion for learning with others. However, in 10th grade, she was severely burned in a kitchen fire. While at the hospital, Mariannette was treated by a physical therapist who went out of her way to make sure she got better. This woman’s kindness and selflessness inspired her to become a doctor so she could help others.

Mariannette was the fourth of eight children and since her parents did not have the means to pay for college, she left home at 16 and enrolled in community college. She later enlisted in the United States Army at 18, where she served for 24 years as a private, nurse, and doctor (ophthalmologist or eye diseases/surgery.) She went into private practice in Ottumwa in 1997 and she has remained there with her husband, Curt.

Mariannette has two grown children, Jonathon and Taylor. In 2010, Governor Terry Branstad appointed her as the Director of the Iowa Department of Public Health where she served until 2014.

In 2018, the voters of Senate District 41 elected Mariannette to fight for them in the Iowa State Senate. She resigned from the state senate on January 2, 2021 to take her seat in the United States House of Representatives.

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Mariannette Jane Miller-Meeks (born September 6, 1955) is an American physician and politician serving as the U.S. Representative for Iowa’s 2nd congressional district. The district includes most of Iowa’s southeastern quadrant, including Davenport, Bettendorf, Burlington, Iowa City, and Miller-Meeks’s hometown of Ottumwa.

Miller-Meeks ran three unsuccessful campaigns for the U.S. House against Dave Loebsack. When Loebsack retired in 2020, she ran again and defeated Rita Hart by a margin of just six votes. She also served as Iowa State Senator for the 41st district from 2019 to 2021.

Early life

Miller-Meeks was born in Herlong, California in 1955.[1] She enlisted in the United States Army at the age of 18 and served for 24 years, including as a nurse, physician, and member of the United States Army Reserve. She retired at the rank of lieutenant colonel.

A first-generation college student, Miller-Meeks earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Texas Christian University, a Master of Science in education from University of Southern California, and a Doctor of Medicine from University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.[2]

Career

Miller-Meeks operated a private ophthalmology practice in Ottumwa, Iowa, until 2008. She also served as the first female president of the Iowa Medical Society. She was the first woman on the faculty of the University of Iowa‘s department of ophthalmology and visual sciences, and worked as a representative from Iowa to the American Academy of Ophthalmology.[2] In 2010, Governor Terry Branstad appointed Miller-Meeks director of the Iowa Department of Public Health; she resigned in 2014 to run for Congress.[3][4]

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Elections

2008–2014

Miller-Meeks was the Republican nominee for Iowa’s 2nd congressional district in 2008, 2010 and 2014, losing to Dave Loebsack in all three races. When Mark Chelgren announced he was not running for reelection, she ran for Iowa Senate, District 41 in 2018, defeating Democratic nominee Mary Stewart.[5] Her term in the Iowa Senate began January 14, 2019.

In her 2014 campaign, Miller-Meeks opposed the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).[1] She also stated her opposition to legalized abortion except in cases of rape, incest, or harm to the mother.[1] Of same-sex marriage, she said in 2014 that she favors “traditional marriage.”[1] She criticized EPA regulation of waterways and coal plants, saying it creates uncertainty for farmers.[1]

2020

Miller-Meeks ran to represent Iowa’s 2nd congressional district again in 2020, following Loebsack’s retirement.[6] She won the June 2 Republican primary election, defeating former Illinois Congressman Bobby Schilling.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, she said she “practices social distancing, wears a mask in public and sanitizes her hands” but does not support face mask mandates.[7]

She faced the Democratic nominee, former State Senator Rita Hart, in the November general election.[8] After Loebsack announced his retirement, journalists and election forecasters labeled the 2nd congressional district a swing district. Miller-Meeks defeated Hart in the general election by six votes, making this the closest election in 2020 and flipping Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District from Democratic to Republican control in one of the closest races in 100 years; the state certified the victory.[9][10] Hart contested the certified result through a petition with the Committee on House Administration under the 1969 Federal Contested Elections Act, which sets forth procedures for contesting state election results in the House under the Constitution.[11] Hart did not contest the election in Iowa’s courts.[11][12][13] In her petition, Hart contended that 22 legally cast votes were not counted. Had they been counted, per her petition, she would have won the race by nine votes.[14][15]

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi provisionally seated Miller-Meeks on January 3, 2021, pending adjudication of Hart’s petition.[14][16] The Committee on House Administration reviewed Hart’s petition, and Pelosi claimed the House had the authority to expel Miller-Meeks,[17][18] but on March 31, Hart withdrew her challenge.[19]

Miller-Meeks and Michelle Fischbach of Minnesota are the only Republican members of Congress to flip Democratic House districts that were not held by Republicans before 2018.

Tenure

Miller-Meeks, along with all other Senate and House Republicans, voted against the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.[20]

On May 19, 2021, Miller-Meeks was one of 35 Republicans who joined all Democrats in voting to approve legislation to establish the January 6, 2021 commission meant to investigate the storming of the U.S. Capitol.[21]

Committee assignments

Caucus memberships

  • Pandemic Preparedness Caucus, (Co-Chair)[22]
  • Public Schools Caucus, (Co-Chair)[22]
  • Aluminum Caucus[22]
  • Army Caucus[22]
  • Biofuels Caucus[22]
  • Bus Caucus[22]
  • Conservative Climate Caucus[22]
  • For Country Caucus[22]
  • General Aviation Caucus[22]
  • GOP Doctors Caucus[22]
  • GOP Healthy Futures Task Force[22]
  • Grid Innovation Caucus[22]
  • Mental Health Caucus[22]
  • Motorcycle Caucus[22]
  • Pro-Life Caucus[22]
  • Rural Broadband Caucus[22]
  • Small Business Caucus[22]
  • Sportsmen’s Caucus[22]
  • Steel Caucus[22]
  • Suburban Caucus[22]
  • Taiwan Caucus[22]
  • Telehealth Caucus[22]
  • Western Caucus[22]
  • Women, Peace, and Security Caucus[22]

Personal life

Miller-Meeks is a resident of Ottumwa, Iowa. She is married to Curt Meeks, the Compliance Officer at Otumwa Regional Health Center, and has two children.[23][24] She is Roman Catholic.[1] Miller-Meeks organized a physician recruitment and retention organization to help bring physicians to southeast Iowa and has served as a court-appointed special advocate volunteer for children.[2]

Electoral history

2008

2008 Iowa’s 2nd congressional district election
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Dave Loebsack (incumbent) 175,218 57.19
RepublicanMariannette Miller-Meeks118,77838.77
GreenWendy Barth6,6642.18
IndependentBrian White5,4371.78
No partyOthers2610.09
Total votes306,358 100.00
Turnout 
Democratic hold

2010

2010 Iowa’s 2nd congressional district election
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Dave Loebsack (incumbent) 115,839 50.99
RepublicanMariannette Miller-Meeks104,31945.92
LibertarianGary Joseph Sicard4,3561.92
ConstitutionJon Tack2,4631.08
No partyOthers1980.09
Total votes227,175 100.00
Turnout 
Democratic hold

2014

2014 Iowa’s 2nd congressional district election
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Dave Loebsack (incumbent) 143,431 52.48
RepublicanMariannette Miller-Meeks129,45547.36
Write-ins4430.16
Total votes273,329 100
Democratic hold

2018

2018 Iowa’s 41st senate district primary elections[25]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks 1,706 85.39
RepublicanDaniel Cesar27913.96
Write-ins130.65
Total votes2,134 100
2018 Iowa’s 41st senate district general election
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks 11,451 51.77
DemocraticMary Stewart10,63248.07
Write-ins360.16
Total votes22,119 100
Republican hold

2020

Iowa’s 2nd congressional district, 2020
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks 196,964 49.912
DemocraticRita Hart196,95849.910
Total votes394,439 100.0
Republican gain from Democratic

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References

  1. ^ a b c d e f Jackson, Sharyn (October 12, 2014). “Hot issues dominate 2nd District”. Des Moines Register. Retrieved October 25, 2020.
  2. ^ a b c “Mariannette Miller-Meeks”. Archives of Women’s Political Communication. Retrieved August 7, 2020.
  3. ^ “Mariannette Miller-Meeks Archives of Women’s Political Communication”. Iowa State University. Retrieved February 26, 2021.
  4. ^ Leys, Tony (January 10, 2014). “Iowa health director quits, weighs third run for Congress”. The Des Moines Register. Retrieved February 26, 2021.
  5. ^ “Miller-Meeks elected state senator; Gaskill, Huit, Parker win their races”. Ottumwa Courier. November 7, 2018. Retrieved November 12, 2018.
  6. ^ “Miller-Meeks kicks off race for Iowa’s 2nd District”. The Gazette. October 1, 2019. Retrieved October 1, 2019.
  7. ^ Payne, Marissa. “U.S. House rivals Hart and Miller-Meeks focus on health care, pandemic in second debate”. The Gazette. Retrieved October 25, 2020.
  8. ^ Smith, Zachary Oren. “Mariannette Miller-Meeks wins Republican nomination in Iowa’s 2nd District to face Democrat Rita Hart”. Iowa City Press-Citizen. Retrieved August 7, 2020.
  9. ^ “2nd District Candidates Spar Over Conservative Credentials In Largest Republican Primary In Years”. Iowa Public Radio. May 28, 2020. Retrieved August 7, 2020.
  10. ^ Hartnett, Mary. “Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District Could Swing Right, 5:04”. www.kwit.org. Retrieved August 7, 2020.
  11. ^ a b Bridget Bowman & Herb Jackson, Iowa Democrat Rita Hart to appeal 2nd District results to House, Roll Call (December 2, 2020).
  12. ^ Pfannenstiel, Brianne; Zachary Oren Smith. “Iowa certifies Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks won Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District seat — by 6 votes”. Des Moines Register. Retrieved December 11, 2020.
  13. ^ “Iowa Democrat will challenge election results with House”. POLITICO. Retrieved December 14, 2020.
  14. ^ a b Brianne Pfannenstiel and Ian Richardson (January 3, 2021). “Iowa Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks provisionally seated in 117th Congress as new session begins”. Des Moines Register.
  15. ^ Rogers, Alex; Raju, Manu (March 18, 2021). “House Democrats weigh ejecting GOP winner of contested Iowa race, dismissing comparisons to Trump’s efforts to overturn election”. CNN. Retrieved March 18, 2021.
  16. ^ “Pelosi to seat Republican in contested Iowa race”. POLITICO. Retrieved January 18, 2021.
  17. ^ “Pelosi defends possible expulsion of Iowa Republican who won by 6 votes”. New York Post. Retrieved March 26, 2021.
  18. ^ “Pelosi downplays concerns from moderates about reviewing contested Iowa race”. The Hill. Retrieved March 27, 2021.
  19. ^ Schultz, Marisa (March 31, 2021). “Dem Rita Hart backs down in Iowa election challenge to Miller-Meeks amid mounting GOP pressure”. Fox News. Retrieved March 31, 2021.
  20. ^ Carl Hulse (March 6, 2021). “After Stimulus Victory in Senate, Reality Sinks in: Bipartisanship Is Dead”. New York Times.
  21. ^ LeBlanc, Paul (May 19, 2021). “Here are the 35 House Republicans who voted for the January 6 commission”. CNN. Retrieved May 19, 2021.
  22. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah “Committees and Caucuses”. Representative Mariannette Miller-Meeks. Retrieved 20 September 2021.
  23. ^ “Curt Meeks”. linkedin.com. Curt Meeks. Retrieved 19 June 2021.
  24. ^ “Senator Mariannette Miller-Meeks”. The Iowa Legislature. Retrieved February 5, 2020.
  25. ^ “State of Iowa – Primary Election 2018 – Canvass Summary (6/5/2018)” (PDF). Secretary of State of Iowa. June 6, 2018. p. 149. Retrieved November 12, 2018.

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Current Position: US Representative since 2019
Affiliation: Republican

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On this edition of Iowa Press, Rep. Cindy Axne (D-West Des Moines) discusses the latest news out of Washington and look ahead to what she hopes to accomplish.

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Earlier today, the House Committee on Armed Services voted to advance legislation written by Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) to provide in-demand skills training and employment assistance to members of National Guard and Reserve who are within 180 days of transitioning into civilian life.

The Transition for Success Act, which Rep. Axne reintroduced in July, was included in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2022, and was approved by a vote of 57 to 2 at meeting of House Committee on Armed Services that concluded earlier this morning.

“Here at home and across the globe, members of the Iowa National Guard and Reservists put their lives on the line alongside their active duty brothers and sisters. Especially in light of these servicemembers’ work helping evacuate allies in harm’s way in Kabul over the past few weeks, it is only fair that we give Guard and Reserve veterans the same opportunities to succeed after serving our country,” said Rep. Axne. “I’m glad to see the Armed Services Committee chose to include the commonsense, bipartisan legislation that I wrote to connect those men and women transitioning back to civilian life with skills training programs in this year’s defense policy bill – and look forward to voting for it when it reaches the House floor. Employers want to hire our veterans, and veterans want employment where their skills and service is valued. This legislation helps make that happen.”

Currently, the U.S. Department of Defense offers access to the SkillBridge program to active duty servicemembers transitioning out of their military service. SkillBridge connects departing servicemembers to in-demand skills training and prospective employers who are ready to hire.

The Transition for Success Act would expand access to the SkillBridge program by allowing all National Guard and Reserve servicemembers to participate in the program upon departing military service.

Last year, the House passed the Transition for Success Act, but the measure was not included in the final version of the 2021 NDAA.

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Today, Representatives Cindy Axne (D-IA), Angie Craig (D-MN), Cheri Bustos (D-IL), and Mark Pocan (D-WI) and U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Tina Smith (D-MN), and Dick Durbin (D-IL) sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) urging them to include support for homegrown renewable fuels in the upcoming reconciliation package.

“Providing additional market access for higher blends of low carbon fuels in the budget reconciliation process will create jobs in rural communities, lower the price of fuel for consumers at the pump, reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, and, most importantly, decrease carbon emissions,” the legislators wrote.

They continued later in the letter: “We know that the climate crisis is happening right now and we need to confront it with a sense of urgency. Our goal is to decarbonize our transportation sector through an all-hands-on-deck approach that includes investment and incentives for both electric vehicles (EVs) and homegrown renewable fuels.”

The legislators specifically asked Schumer and Pelosi to consider including the Biofuel Infrastructure and Agricultural Product Market Expansion Act, Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act, Low Carbon Biofuel Credit Act, Clean Fuels Vehicle Act, Biodiesel Tax Credit Extension Act, and enacting a long-term extension of the Second Generation Biofuel Producer Tax Credit in the budget legislation.

Full text of the letter can be found HERE and below.

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Current Position: US Representative since 2019
Affiliation: Republican

Featured Quote: 
31 years ago today, Iowa’s @SenatorHarkin helped get the Americans with Disabilities Act signed into law. As we celebrate the anniversary of this landmark achievement for equal rights, we must also reflect on the work still ahead to achieve inclusion & opportunity for all.#ADA31

Featured Video: 
On this edition of Iowa Press, Rep. Cindy Axne (D-West Des Moines) discusses the latest news out of Washington and look ahead to what she hopes to accomplish.

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Earlier today, the House Committee on Armed Services voted to advance legislation written by Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) to provide in-demand skills training and employment assistance to members of National Guard and Reserve who are within 180 days of transitioning into civilian life.

The Transition for Success Act, which Rep. Axne reintroduced in July, was included in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2022, and was approved by a vote of 57 to 2 at meeting of House Committee on Armed Services that concluded earlier this morning.

“Here at home and across the globe, members of the Iowa National Guard and Reservists put their lives on the line alongside their active duty brothers and sisters. Especially in light of these servicemembers’ work helping evacuate allies in harm’s way in Kabul over the past few weeks, it is only fair that we give Guard and Reserve veterans the same opportunities to succeed after serving our country,” said Rep. Axne. “I’m glad to see the Armed Services Committee chose to include the commonsense, bipartisan legislation that I wrote to connect those men and women transitioning back to civilian life with skills training programs in this year’s defense policy bill – and look forward to voting for it when it reaches the House floor. Employers want to hire our veterans, and veterans want employment where their skills and service is valued. This legislation helps make that happen.”

Currently, the U.S. Department of Defense offers access to the SkillBridge program to active duty servicemembers transitioning out of their military service. SkillBridge connects departing servicemembers to in-demand skills training and prospective employers who are ready to hire.

The Transition for Success Act would expand access to the SkillBridge program by allowing all National Guard and Reserve servicemembers to participate in the program upon departing military service.

Last year, the House passed the Transition for Success Act, but the measure was not included in the final version of the 2021 NDAA.

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Today, Representatives Cindy Axne (D-IA), Angie Craig (D-MN), Cheri Bustos (D-IL), and Mark Pocan (D-WI) and U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Tina Smith (D-MN), and Dick Durbin (D-IL) sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) urging them to include support for homegrown renewable fuels in the upcoming reconciliation package.

“Providing additional market access for higher blends of low carbon fuels in the budget reconciliation process will create jobs in rural communities, lower the price of fuel for consumers at the pump, reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, and, most importantly, decrease carbon emissions,” the legislators wrote.

They continued later in the letter: “We know that the climate crisis is happening right now and we need to confront it with a sense of urgency. Our goal is to decarbonize our transportation sector through an all-hands-on-deck approach that includes investment and incentives for both electric vehicles (EVs) and homegrown renewable fuels.”

The legislators specifically asked Schumer and Pelosi to consider including the Biofuel Infrastructure and Agricultural Product Market Expansion Act, Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act, Low Carbon Biofuel Credit Act, Clean Fuels Vehicle Act, Biodiesel Tax Credit Extension Act, and enacting a long-term extension of the Second Generation Biofuel Producer Tax Credit in the budget legislation.

Full text of the letter can be found HERE and below.

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About

Cindy Axne 1

Source: Government page

Cindy Axne is an Iowan, a small business owner, parent, community activist, and U.S. Representative from Iowa’s Third Congressional District.

Cindy is a fifth-generation Iowan who grew up on the south side of Des Moines. Cindy’s childhood included weekends and summers spent on her maternal grandparents’ farm in Warren County, 4-H activities, and playing 6-on-6 basketball for the Valley High Tigers. After graduating from Valley High in Des Moines, Cindy received a bachelor’s in journalism from the University of Iowa. After undergrad, Cindy worked in strategic planning and leadership development for the Tribune Company in Chicago while earning an MBA from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University.

In 2007, when her older son started kindergarten, Cindy learned that full-day kindergarten was not available to every child in West Des Moines public schools, with eligibility determined by a lottery. Cindy was outraged at the inequity of the system and concerned that students were being shortchanged. She spent the following academic year advocating and negotiating with principals, the school board and the superintendent. After nearly a year, her efforts paid off and full-day kindergarten was made available to all students in the district.

Cindy is active in her church, Sacred Heart Catholic Church, and serves as a mentor with the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center at the University of Iowa. She lives in West Des Moines with John and their teenage sons, Gunnar and Rafe.

Voting Record

Votes on Bills

Caucuses 

House Democratic Caucus

House Task Force on Rural Broadband

New Democrats Coalition

Co-Chair, New Dem Rural Reinvestment Task Force

New Dem – Health Care Task Force

Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition

  • ALS Caucus
  • Aluminum Caucus
  • Animal Protection Caucus
  • Apiary Caucus
  • Asthma and Allergy Caucus
  • Bee Caucus
  • Biofuels Caucus
  • Bipartisan Women’s Caucus
  • Blue Collar Caucus
  • Bus Caucus
  • Caucus on the Deadliest Cancers
  • Chemistry Caucus
  • Chicken Caucus
  • Crop Insurance Caucus
  • Congressional Deaf Caucus
  • Deadliest Cancers Caucus
  • End Corruption Caucus
  • Endometriosis Caucus
  • Government Efficiency Caucus
  • Neuroscience Caucus
  • Postal Preservation Caucus
  • Pre-K Caucus
  • Pro-Choice Caucus
  • Propane Caucus
  • Rare Disease Caucus
  • Rural Broadband Caucus
  • Safe Climate Caucus
  • Supply Chain Caucus
  • Transparency Caucus
  • TRIO Caucus
  • Wine Caucus
  • Wrestling Caucus
  • Youth Sports Caucus
  • Youth Vaping Caucus

Offices

Washington, DC Office

1034 Longworth HOB
WashingtonDC 20515
(202) 225-5476

Council Bluffs Office

501 5th Ave
Council BluffsIA 51503

(712) 890-3117

Creston Office

208 West Taylor
CrestonIA 50801

(641) 278-1828

Office Hours: Tuesday-Thursday from 9 AM – 4 PM or by appointment.

Experience

Education

Personal

Birth Year: 1965
Place of Birth: Grand Rapids, MI
Gender: Female
Race(s): Caucasian

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330 Cannon HOB
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Phone: (202) 225-5476

Council Bluffs Office
501 5th Ave
Council Bluffs, IA 51503
Phone: (712) 890-3117

Creston Office
208 West Taylor
Creston, IA 50801
Phone: (641) 278-1828

Des Moines Office
400 East Court Ave Suite 346
Des Moines, IA 50309
Phone: (515) 400-8180

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Wikipedia Entry

Cynthia Lynne Axne (/ˈæks.ni/;[1] née Wadle; born April 20, 1965) is an American businesswoman and politician serving as the U.S. Representative from Iowa’s 3rd congressional district since 2019. A member of the Democratic Party, she defeated incumbent Republican David Young in the 2018 election. The district is anchored in the state capital, Des Moines; it includes much of the state’s southwest quadrant, including Council Bluffs. Following the defeat of Abby Finkenauer and the retirement of Dave Loebsack from Congress, Axne became the sole Democrat in Iowa’s delegation in 2021. She currently is the dean of Iowa’s delegation to the House of Representatives.

Early life and career

Axne was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 1965, the daughter of Terry and Joanne Wadle.[2] She graduated from Valley High School in West Des Moines, Iowa. She earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Iowa and a Master of Business Administration from Northwestern University.[3]

After graduating from college, Axne worked in leadership development and strategic planning for the Tribune Company in Chicago. From 2005 through 2014, she worked in Iowa state government on service delivery in over 20 state agencies in the executive branch.[3]

U.S. House of Representatives

Elections

2018

During the 2018 elections, Axne ran for the United States House of Representatives in Iowa’s 3rd congressional district.[4][5]

Axne won the primary election with 57.91% of the vote.[6] She defeated incumbent Representative David Young in the general election and became, along with Abby Finkenauer, one of the first two women from Iowa elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.[7] Young carried 15 of the district’s 16 counties, but Axne won Polk County, the most populous county in the district and home to Des Moines, by over 30,000 votes, far exceeding the overall margin of 8,000.[8]

2020

Axne won the Democratic primary virtually unopposed, only running against write-in candidates.[9] She then went up against David Young in a rematch during the general election and narrowly won with 48.9% of the vote compared to Young’s 47.6%.[10]

Tenure

Axne took office amidst the 2018–2019 United States federal government shutdown and requested that her pay be withheld until the shutdown ended.[11] On January 30, 2019, Axne co-sponsored a bill to prevent future federal government shutdowns from happening; the bill was titled Shutdown to End All Shutdowns (SEAS) Act.[12]

As of September 2021, Axne had voted in line with Joe Biden‘s stated position 100% of the time.[13]

Committee assignments

Caucus memberships

Electoral history

Cindy Axne speaking to 2019 Women’s March attendees in the rotunda of the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines

2018 Iowa 3rd Congressional District Democratic Primary[15]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Cindy Axne 32,070 57.91
DemocraticEddie J. Mauro14,58226.33
DemocraticPete D’Alessandro8,59515.52
DemocraticWrite-ins1360.25
Total votes55,383 100
2018 Iowa 3rd Congressional District General Election
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Cindy Axne 175,642 49.3
RepublicanDavid Young (incumbent)167,93347.1
LibertarianBryan Holder7,2672.0
Legal Marijuana NowMark Elworth Jr.2,0150.6
GreenPaul Knupp1,8880.5
IndependentJoe Grandanette1,3010.4
n/aWrite-ins1950.1
Total votes356,241 100.0
2020 Iowa 3rd Congressional District Democratic Primary[16]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Cindy Axne (incumbent) 76,681 99.2
n/aWrite-ins6230.8
Total votes77,304 100.0
2020 Iowa 3rd Congressional District General Election
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Cindy Axne (incumbent) 219,205 48.9
RepublicanDavid Young212,99747.6
LibertarianBryan Jack Holder15,3613.4
n/aWrite-ins3840.1
Total votes447,947 100.0

Personal life

Axne and her husband John currently operate a digital design firm. They have two teenage sons and live in West Des Moines.[3] Axne and her family are members of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in West Des Moines.

Axne is 6 feet (1.83 m) tall.[17]

See also

References

  1. ^ Axne, Cindy [@axne4congress] (September 16, 2020). “Protecting Iowans’ health care should be a top priority for #IA03. That’s not rhetoric, that’s my record. In Congress, I’ve fought to lower costs of care, protect rural hospitals, expand telehealth, and I’ve NEVER voted to repeal protections for pre-existing conditions” (Tweet). Retrieved September 17, 2020 – via Twitter.
  2. ^ “Candidate Conversation – Cindy Axne (D)”. Inside Elections with Nathan L. Gonzales. August 31, 2018.
  3. ^ a b c “Three takeaways on Cindy Axne, 3rd District Democrat running for Congress”. The Des Moines Register. May 1, 2018. Retrieved October 21, 2018.
  4. ^ Mike Brownlee (June 2, 2017). “Democrat Cindy Axne looking to unseat David Young in Iowa congressional race | Politics”. Omaha World-Herald. Retrieved October 21, 2018.
  5. ^ William Petroski (May 26, 2018). “What are the key issues for Cindy Axne, Democratic candidate for the 3rd District?”. The Des Moines Register.
  6. ^ “Iowa’s 3rd District: Cindy Axne wins primary, will vie against GOP Rep. David Young”. The Des Moines Register. June 5, 2018. Retrieved October 21, 2018.
  7. ^ “Iowa voters elect female governor, 2 female U.S. representatives, record number of female lawmakers”. Des Moines Register. November 7, 2018. Retrieved November 14, 2018.
  8. ^ “IA District 03”. Our Campaigns. Retrieved December 24, 2020.
  9. ^ “Primary Election – 2020 CANVASS SUMMARY” (PDF). Iowa Secretary of State. Retrieved February 13, 2021.
  10. ^ “General Election – 2020 Canvass Summary” (PDF). Iowa Secretary of State.
  11. ^ Peterson, Mike (January 11, 2019). “Axne axes salary during shutdown”. KMAland.com. Retrieved January 13, 2019.
  12. ^ Peterson, Mike (January 30, 2019). “Axne pushes government shutdown ban bill”. KMAland.com. Retrieved January 30, 2019.
  13. ^ Bycoffe, Anna Wiederkehr and Aaron (April 22, 2021). “Does Your Member Of Congress Vote With Or Against Biden?”. FiveThirtyEight. Retrieved September 14, 2021.
  14. ^ “Members”. New Democrat Coalition. Archived from the original on February 8, 2018. Retrieved February 5, 2018.
  15. ^ “June 5, 2018 Primary Election”. Iowa Secretary of State. Retrieved August 29, 2018.
  16. ^ “Primary Election June 2, 2020 | United States Representative District 3 – Democratic”. Iowa Secretary of State.
  17. ^ “Cindy Axne tells how she fought off would-be rapist in speech to Des Moines business leaders”. The Des Moines Register. October 2, 2018. Retrieved December 24, 2020. A former West Des Moines Valley basketball player who stands six feet tall…

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
David Young
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Iowa’s 3rd congressional district

2019–present
Incumbent
U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Kelly Armstrong
United States representatives by seniority
300th
Succeeded by
Jim Baird


Recent Elections

2018 US Senator

Cindy Axne (D)175,64249.3%
David Young (R)167,93347.1%
Bryan Holder (L)7,2672%
Mark Elworth Jr ()2,0150.6%
Paul Knupp ()1,8880.5%
Joe Grandanette ()1,30104%
TOTAL356,046

Source: Ballotpedia

Finances

AXNE, CINDY has run in 2 races for public office, winning 1 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $8,502,783.

 

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

House Committee on Agriculture
House Committee on Financial Services

Subcommittees

Commodity Exchanges, Energy, and Credit
Conservation and Forestry
Housing, Community Development, and Insurance
Investor Protection, Entrepreneurship, and Capital Markets

Voting Record

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New Legislation

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Issues

Source: Government page

Committees

Committee on Financial Services

  • Subcommittee on Investor Protection, Entrepreneurship, and Capital Markets
  • Subcommittee on Housing, Community Development and Insurance — VICE CHAIR

Committee on Agriculture

  • Subcommittee on Commodity Exchanges, Energy, and Credit
  • Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture

Legislation

Learn more about legislation sponsored and co-sponsored by Representative Axne.

Issues

Governance

Government reform

Cindy spent a decade at the State of Iowa directing initiatives to help over twenty state agencies improve government services while saving Iowa taxpayers tens of millions of dollars.

Cindy is bringing the same approach to Washington by working on policies to make the federal government work better for less. Cindy has already introduced two pieces of legislation to root out waste, fraud and abuse in Washington. Cindy will focus on prioritizing ways to save taxpayer dollars, bring much-needed transparency in government spending and hold Washington accountable.

For more information concerning work and views related to Government Reform, please contact our office.

Economy

Agriculture

Cindy is a 5th generation Iowan who grew up spending summers helping her grandparents farm soybeans, corn and hogs in Warren County. Cindy is proud to serve as a voice for Iowa farmers and rural communities as a member of the House Agriculture Committee. Agriculture is not only an economic driver and job creator in our state, but Iowa’s farmers and producers feed people here at home and around the world. Cindy knows that ensuring our agriculture industry thrives is not only beneficial for Iowa’s economy, but the entire country.

As a member of the Agriculture Committee, Cindy will work on policies to ensure trade agreements benefit Iowa farmers, open new markets for exports, expand access to rural broadband and invest in innovative technologies to help Iowa farmers become more efficient and remain globally competitive.

For more information concerning work and views related to Agriculture, please contact our office.

Economy & Jobs

Cindy ran for Congress to serve as a voice for hardworking Iowans and middle-class families, not to protect corporations and the wealthiest Americans.

As a small business owner, Cindy knows that we need to make it easier for our entrepreneurs and small business owners to succeed. Cindy knows when we help our small businesses, we help our communities and our families.

Cindy knows firsthand how red tape and government bureaucracy can stifle innovation and job growth. In Congress, she will look at ways to cut burdensome regulations and make it easier for entrepreneurs to access capital to create jobs across the state.

Whether you live in a metro area or a rural town, Cindy believes every Iowan should have access to a good-paying job. Cindy will invest in communities to expand 21st century economic opportunity in rural and metro areas.

For more information concerning work and views related to Economy and Jobs, please contact our office.

Education

College Affordability and Skills Training

Cindy knows that we need to make college more affordable and help those currently strapped with student loan debt. College graduates owe more than $1.5 trillion in student loans nationwide. In Iowa, 65% of college students graduate with student loans, with an average of almost $30,000 of debt.

Cindy knows that our student loan crisis isn’t just hurting Iowa students, it’s hurting our economy. Iowans crippled with student loan debt are less likely to buy a home, start a small business, or even start a family. Cindy knows that we need to help recent graduates repay their loans.

Cindy also knows that college isn’t the only path to success. Cindy will make sure every Iowan has the skills they need for a good-paying job. Cindy knows that in today’s economy, investing in workforce development and lifelong learning helps grow our economy and create jobs.

In Congress, Cindy will focus on expanding access to community colleges and trade schools, as well as strengthening on-the-job training so every Iowan can compete in this economy and meet their professional goals.

For more information concerning work and views related to college affordability and skills training, please contact our office.

K-12 Education

As a public -school graduate and mom of two boys in West Des Moines public schools, Cindy knows that a quality K-12 education is crucial to success.

When Cindy and her husband were getting ready to put their oldest son in kindergarten, they learned there was a lottery system in West Des Moines that determined which children could attend full-day kindergarten. She was outraged at the inequity in the system and spent the next year working with the school board to expand full-day kindergarten for every child in West Des Moines. In Washington, Cindy will fight to make sure children across Iowa and the country have access to full-day kindergarten.

For more information concerning work and views related to Education, please contact our office.

Environment

Environment

As a former Division Administrator at the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Cindy recognizes the importance of conserving our environment, protecting our natural resources, and building resiliency to the effects of climate change.

At the Department of Management, Cindy directed the Governor’s Leadership Agenda for Energy Efficiency and Clean Environment where she helped bring Iowa’s wind energy industry to scale.  Iowa is now a national leader in clean and renewable energy production.

Cindy knows that helping our renewable fuel producers become more competitive in the market will create jobs, protect our environment and strengthen our national security.

Cindy is committed to supporting investment and innovation in our clean and renewable fuel industry to drive economic development and job growth, move us towards a cleaner environment and reduce our reliance on foreign oil.

Cindy has seen firsthand the devastation that worsening floods, storms, and other effects of climate change are already having on Iowa. While working to curb greenhouse gas emissions and halt the growing threat of a warming planet, Cindy knows that we must also build up community and agricultural resiliency to withstand the new realities of our environment.

For more information concerning work and views related to Environment, please contact our office.

Health Care

Health Care

Cindy’s top priority in Congress is working to fix our broken health care system so that every Iowan has access to quality, affordable health care. Cindy will never let Washington go back to a time when Iowans with pre-existing conditions could be denied care.

In Congress, Cindy is committed to working with Democratic and Republican colleagues to put forward practical, bipartisan solutions to reduce costs, increase choice for consumers, lower the costs of prescription drugs, expand coverage across Iowa and streamline regulations for small businesses.

As a member of the Affordable and Accessible Health Care Task Force, Cindy is committed to advancing practical, bipartisan policies to improve our healthcare system.

For more information concerning work and views related to Health Care, please contact our office.

Social Security

Seniors

Cindy will fight to make sure that every senior can retire with dignity. Cindy believes that Social Security and Medicare are promises we made to our seniors who worked hard and earned these benefits. Cindy will fight in Washington to stop attempts to cut benefits for current and future retirees and attempts to privatize Medicare and Social Security.

For more information concerning work and views related to Seniors, please contact our office.

 

Veterans

Veterans

Cindy believes we owe no greater debt than to the men and women, and their families, who have served our country.

In Congress, Cindy will continue to fight to make sure Washington takes care of all of our veterans and their families. She will look at policies to ensure that veterans have the skills they need for good-paying jobs and access to quality, affordable health care.

For more information concerning work and views related to Veterans issues, please contact our office.

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Randy FeenstraRandy Feenstra

Current Position: US Representative for IA 4th District since 2021
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): State Senator from 2009 – 2021; Treasurer of Sioux County from 2006 – 2008

Featured Quote: 
Iowans #FiredFinkenauer b/c she helped Pelosi pass her radical agenda at every turn – higher taxes & taxpayer funded abortions. We stopped her once and we will do it again. Nobody works harder than @ChuckGrassley. All 99 counties every year, working for Iowa farmers & families.

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Feenstra Announces 2021 Military Academy Selection Board
feenstra.gov.house, Press ReleaseSeptember 2, 2021

HULL, Iowa — Today, Rep. Randy Feenstra (IA-04) announced the eight members who will serve on the 2021 Military Academy Selection Board for the 4th District. Four members will serve on the board for two years, while the other four will serve for one year to create an annual four-person rotation.

“I am pleased to announce the eight members who will serve on our inaugural Military Academy Selection Board,” said Rep. Feenstra. “I appreciate their willingness to volunteer their time, charged with the unique and important task of selecting candidates to recommend for one of four U.S. service academies. This process is an outstanding opportunity for Iowans seeking to serve our country and wanting to receive a quality education. I strongly encourage interested Iowans to apply for a nomination through my office.”

Summary

Current Position: US Representative for IA 4th District since 2021
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): State Senator from 2009 – 2021; Treasurer of Sioux County from 2006 – 2008

Featured Quote: 
Iowans #FiredFinkenauer b/c she helped Pelosi pass her radical agenda at every turn – higher taxes & taxpayer funded abortions. We stopped her once and we will do it again. Nobody works harder than @ChuckGrassley. All 99 counties every year, working for Iowa farmers & families.

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Feenstra Announces 2021 Military Academy Selection Board
feenstra.gov.house, Press ReleaseSeptember 2, 2021

HULL, Iowa — Today, Rep. Randy Feenstra (IA-04) announced the eight members who will serve on the 2021 Military Academy Selection Board for the 4th District. Four members will serve on the board for two years, while the other four will serve for one year to create an annual four-person rotation.

“I am pleased to announce the eight members who will serve on our inaugural Military Academy Selection Board,” said Rep. Feenstra. “I appreciate their willingness to volunteer their time, charged with the unique and important task of selecting candidates to recommend for one of four U.S. service academies. This process is an outstanding opportunity for Iowans seeking to serve our country and wanting to receive a quality education. I strongly encourage interested Iowans to apply for a nomination through my office.”

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About

Randy Feenstra 1

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Randy Feenstra was born and raised in Hull, Iowa, where he has served as City Administrator, Sioux County Treasurer, and Iowa state Senator. Feenstra received a bachelor’s degree from Dordt University and went on to receive his MPA from Iowa State University. After a successful tenure as head of sales for the Foreign Candy Company, he began teaching business and economics classes at Dordt University. He is married to his wife of 28 years, and they have four children.

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1440 Longworth House Office Building

Washington, DC  20515

Phone: (202) 225-4426
Fax: (202) 225-3193
320 6th Street
Room 112

Sioux City, IA  51101

Phone: (712) 224-4692
723 Central Avenue

Fort Dodge, IA  50501

Phone: (515) 302-7060

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Randall Lee Feenstra (born January 14, 1969) is an American politician and businessman serving as the U.S. Representative for Iowa’s 4th congressional district. The district covers much of the northwestern quadrant of the state, including Sioux City, but stretches as far east as Ames and Mason City.

A member of the Republican Party, he served as an Iowa State Senator for the 2nd district from 2009 to 2021. Feenstra previously was the Sioux County Treasurer from 2006 to 2008.

He defeated incumbent Steve King in the primary election for the Republican nomination for Iowa’s 4th congressional district in 2020. He defeated Democratic nominee J. D. Scholten in the general election by more than 25 points; he was sworn into Congress on January 3, 2021.

Early life and education

Randy Feenstra was born to parents Lee and Eleanor Feenstra on January 14, 1969.[1][2] He is of Dutch ancestry.[3] Feenstra graduated from Western Christian High School, where he played basketball.[4][5] He received a bachelor’s degree from Dordt University, then called Dordt College, and his MPA from Iowa State University.[6][7]

Career

Feenstra began his career as sales manager for the Foreign Candy Company,[1][8] known for being the first US company to import Warheads, later serving as city administrator of Hull, Iowa for seven years.[9] In 2006, he was elected Sioux County Treasurer, replacing Robert Hagey.[9][10] Randy Jacobsma replaced Feenstra in a 2008 special election,[11][12] as Feenstra won his first term in the Iowa Senate that year.

Feenstra was elected to the Iowa State Senate in 2008 with 24,595 votes, running unopposed.[13] He was reelected in 2012, again without opposition.[14] He ran for a third uncontested term in 2016.[15] In the Iowa Senate, Feenstra served on the Capital Projects, Fiscal, Tax Expenditure, Transportation, Ways and Means, and State Government Committee.[16]

While serving in the Iowa Senate, Feenstra worked for ISB Insurance in Hull, operated by Iowa State Bank. In 2017, he joined the faculty of Dordt University, after having taught there in an adjunct capacity since 2011.[17][18]

U.S. House of Representatives

Elections

2020

In 2019, Feenstra announced he would challenge incumbent Republican U.S. Representative Steve King in the 2020 Republican primary in Iowa’s 4th congressional district. His state senate district includes much of the northwestern portion of the congressional district.[19] King, a nine-term incumbent, has a record of making inflammatory remarks, including support of the term “white nationalist.”[20] He had been stripped of his committee seats for questioning why “white nationalist” was offensive. Feenstra noted this in announcing his campaign, saying that King’s “caustic nature” had left the 4th “without a seat at the table.”[21]

Republican Party leadership supported Feenstra in the primary.[22][23][24][25] During the course of the primary, Feenstra raised more money in contributions than King, and was supported by the United States Chamber of Commerce and National Right to Life Committee.[26] Feenstra’s candidacy was also supported by conservative political commentator and radio host Ben Shapiro, who donated and urged his Twitter followers to donate to Feenstra’s campaign.[27]

Feenstra defeated King in the June 2 Republican primary.[28][29] Feenstra received 45.7% of the vote, whereas King received 36%.[30][31] Much of Feenstra’s margin came from dominating his state senate district, which he carried with almost 75% of the vote.[19] He went on to defeat J. D. Scholten in the general election by a large margin.

2020 Republican primary election for Iowa’s 4th Congressional District[32]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Randy Feenstra 37,329 45.5
RepublicanSteve King (incumbent)29,36635.9
RepublicanJeremy Taylor6,4187.8
RepublicanBret Richards6,1407.5
RepublicanSteve Reeder2,5283.1
Write-in1760.2
Total votes81,957 100.0
2020 election for U.S. Representative of Iowa’s 4th Congressional District
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Randy Feenstra 237,369 62.0
DemocraticJ. D. Scholten144,76137.8
Write-in8920.2

Tenure

Iraq

In June 2021, Feenstra was one of forty-nine House Republicans who voted in favor of the repeal of the AUMF against Iraq.[33][34]

Committee assignments

Caucus memberships

Personal life

Feenstra married his wife Lynette in 1996. The couple has four children.[37][38]

References

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  2. ^ Visser, Jeanne. “Feenstra will run for State Senate”. Sioux County Index–Reporter. Archived from the original on March 2, 2016. Retrieved June 3, 2020.
  3. ^ Kampeas, Ron (May 20, 2020). “Jewish Republicans tackle a thorny question: What to do about Republicans like Steve King?”. Jewish Telegraphic Agency. Retrieved June 6, 2020. Alternative URL
  4. ^ Geleynse, Jesse (April 24, 2011). “Iowa legislature needs to continue eligibility debate”. Le Mars Daily Sentinel. Retrieved January 14, 2014.
  5. ^ Kilen, Mike (March 15, 2016). “The Iowa town where basketball is king”. Des Moines Register. Retrieved June 3, 2020.
  6. ^ “Feenstra touts conservative record in Legislature”. The Messenger. May 16, 2020. Retrieved June 3, 2020.
  7. ^ Kealey, Katherine (June 3, 2020). “Randy Feenstra beats Steve King in the Republican 4th District primaries”. Iowa State Daily. Retrieved June 3, 2020.
  8. ^ Kealey, Katherine (May 24, 2020). “Congressional Republican candidates speak on constitutional rights, abortion and COVID-19”. Iowa State Daily. Retrieved June 3, 2020.
  9. ^ a b “Hull city administrator now county treasurer”, Sioux Falls Argus Leader, September 3, 2006, page 12.
  10. ^ “Feenstra announces bid for Senate seat”. Le Mars Daily Sentinel. March 4, 2008. Retrieved June 3, 2020.
  11. ^ “MINUTES OF SIOUX COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORSMEETING HELD ON NOVEMBER 12, 2008” (PDF). Sioux County Board of Supervisers. November 2008. Retrieved June 3, 2020.
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  13. ^ “Democrats keep Senate, House”. Des Moines Register. Newspapers.com. November 5, 2008. Retrieved January 12, 2019.
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  17. ^ Lawrence, Tom (August 1, 2017). “Feenstra to become Dordt professor”. Sioux Center News. Retrieved June 3, 2020.
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  19. ^ a b J. Miles Coleman (July 30, 2020). “House Primaries: A Little More Action This Year Than Usual”. UVA Center For Politics. Retrieved August 4, 2020.
  20. ^ Gabriel, Trip (January 15, 2019). “A Timeline of Steve King’s Racist Remarks and Divisive Actions”. The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved June 2, 2020.
  21. ^ Cillizza, Chris (January 11, 2019). “How in the world is Steve King still in Congress?”. CNN. Retrieved August 4, 2020.
  22. ^ Easley, Jonathan (May 17, 2020). “GOP rallies behind effort to defeat Steve King”. The Hill. Retrieved May 20, 2020.
  23. ^ “Republican U.S. Rep. Steve King gets a GOP challenger, Iowa Sen. Randy Feenstra”. Des Moines Register. Retrieved February 18, 2019.
  24. ^ Cillizza, Chris (January 11, 2019). “How in the world is Steve King still in Congress?”. CNN. Retrieved January 11, 2019.
  25. ^ Hayworth, Brett (April 16, 2020). “Scholten, Feenstra continue to dwarf King in Iowa 4th District congressional fundraising”. Sioux City Journal. Retrieved April 18, 2020.
  26. ^ Gabriel, Trip (May 27, 2020). “Despite Racist Remarks, Steve King Might Win Tuesday’s Iowa Primary”. The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved June 2, 2020.
  27. ^ Fisher, Alyssa. “Ben Shapiro Condemns Steve King For Asking Why ‘White Supremacist’ Is Offensive”. The Forward. Retrieved June 2, 2020.
  28. ^ Zhou, Li (June 2, 2020). “Embattled Rep. Steve King has lost his primary”. Vox. Retrieved June 3, 2020.
  29. ^ Gruber-Miller, Stephen (June 2, 2020). “Steve King loses Republican primary race to Randy Feenstra, ending King’s decades long political career”. Des Moines Register. Retrieved June 3, 2020.
  30. ^ Mutnik, Ally; Arkin, James; Montellaro, Zach (June 2, 2020). “Steve King ousted on historic primary night”. Politico.
  31. ^ Forgey, Quint (June 3, 2020). “Trump congratulates Randy Feenstra for unseating Rep. King”. Politico. Retrieved June 3, 2020.
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  33. ^ “House votes to repeal 2002 Iraq War authorization”.
  34. ^ https://clerk.house.gov/evs/2021/roll172.xml
  35. ^ “MEMBERS”. RMSP. Retrieved March 1, 2021.
  36. ^ “Membership”. Republican Study Committee. December 6, 2017. Retrieved March 28, 2021.
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  38. ^ “Iowa Senator Feenstra files for re-election”. Chronicle Times. March 7, 2012. Retrieved January 12, 2019.

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Iowa Senate
Preceded by
Dave Mulder
Member of the Iowa Senate
from the 2nd district

2009–2021
Succeeded by
Jeff Taylor
Elect
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Steve King
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Iowa’s 4th congressional district

2021–present
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Pat Fallon
United States representatives by seniority
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Michelle Fischbach


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