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Abby Finkenauer

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Abby Finkenauer
CongresswomanFinkenauer.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Iowa's 1st district
Assumed office
January 3, 2019
Preceded byRod Blum
Member of the Iowa House of Representatives
from the 99th district
In office
January 12, 2015 – January 3, 2019
Preceded byPat Murphy
Succeeded byLindsay James
Personal details
Born
Abby Lea Finkenauer

(1988-12-27) December 27, 1988 (age 30)
Dubuque, Iowa, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
EducationDrake University (BA)
WebsiteHouse website

Abby Lea Finkenauer (born December 27, 1988)[1][2][3] is an American politician serving as the U.S. Representative for Iowa's 1st congressional district since 2019. She is a member of the Democratic Party. Her district serves much of the northeast quadrant of the state, including Cedar Rapids, Waterloo, Cedar Falls and her hometown of Dubuque.

Before being elected to Congress, Finkenauer served as the member of the Iowa House of Representatives for the 99th district from 2015 to 2019. Her committee assignments in the Iowa House included Economic Growth, Labor, Transportation and Ways and Means. She was also a member of the Economic Development Appropriations Subcommittee.[3]

On November 6, 2018, Finkenauer and fellow Democrat Cindy Axne became the first women from Iowa elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. Finkenauer also became the second-youngest woman to ever be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives behind Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Early life and education

Finkenauer grew up in Sherrill, Iowa.[4][5] Her father is a welder and her mother works at a public school.[6]

She graduated from Hempstead High School in Dubuque.[4] In 2011, Finkenauer graduated from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, with a bachelor's degree in public relations.[7]

Early political career

In 2006, Finkenauer was a page for U.S. Representative Jim Nussle, a Republican who represented Northeast Iowa in Congress.[3][5] The following year, Finkenauer was a page for Pat Murphy, the Democratic Speaker of the House in Iowa.[3][5]

In 2007, Finkenauer was the Iowa volunteer coordinator for the Joe Biden presidential campaign.[5] She was later legislative aide for Iowa Democratic State Representative Todd Taylor and communications specialist for the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque.[5]

Iowa House of Representatives

Finkenauer while serving in the Iowa House
Finkenauer while serving in the Iowa House

Murphy gave up his seat in 2014 to make an unsuccessful run for Congress, and Finkenauer ran for Murphy's old seat and won. Finkenauer defeated defense attorney Steve Drahozal, receiving 57.8% of the vote.[8] In the general election, she faced lawyer Daniel Dlouhy and defeated him, receiving 60.8% of the vote.[9][10] She was 25 when first elected to the Iowa House of Representatives.

She was unopposed for reelection in 2016.[4][11]

U.S. House of Representatives

Elections

2018

In May 2017, Finkenauer announced her candidacy for Iowa's 1st congressional district, which was held by Republican and fellow Dubuque resident Rod Blum.[12] Blum had defeated her former boss, Murphy, in 2014.

On June 5, 2018, she won the Democratic primary, defeating former congressional staffer Thomas Heckroth and engineer Courtney Rowe. She received 66.9% of the vote.[13]

As of September 2018, her race was classified as Lean Democratic or Tilt Democratic by 3 major rating firms.[14] On October 1, 2018, former President Barack Obama endorsed Finkenauer.[15] She defeated Blum with 50.9% of the vote, a margin of 5%.[16][17]

Tenure

She and Cindy Axne, elected from the 3rd district, are the first women to represent Iowa in the House.[4][18][19] She is the second youngest woman ever elected to the House, being about ten months older than fellow 2018 freshman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez;[20] Finkenauer turned 30 a week before being sworn in in January.[21]

Committee assignments

Caucus memberships

Electoral history

2014

Iowa House of Representatives 99th district election, 2014[22]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Abby Finkenauer 7,072 60.6%
Republican Daniel Dlouhy 4,567 39.2%
Nonpartisan Write-ins 23 0.2%
Total votes 11,662 100%
Democratic hold

2018

Democratic primary election of Iowa's 1st congressional district, 2018[23]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Abby Finkenauer 29,525 66.90%
Democratic Thomas Heckroth 8,467 19.18%
Democratic Courtney Rowe 3,320 7.52%
Democratic George Ramsey 2,786 6.31%
Democratic Write-ins 36 0.08%
Total votes 44,134 100%
U.S. House election, 2018:[24] Iowa District 1
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Abby Finkenauer 169,496 50.9 +4.8
Republican Rod Blum (Incumbent) 153,077 45.6 -7.7
Libertarian Troy Hageman 10,239 3.1 +3.1
Write-ins 171 0.05 -0.15
Majority 16,419 5.3
Turnout 332,983 100
Democratic gain from Republican Swing +12.5

See also

References

  1. ^ "Abby Finkenauer". Iowa State University. Retrieved October 18, 2018.
  2. ^ "Iowa's 1st Congressional District". ABC News. Retrieved October 10, 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d "The Iowa Legislature: Legislators: Abby Finkenauer". Iowa General Assembly. Retrieved October 8, 2018.
  4. ^ a b c d Godfrey, Elaine (July 29, 2018). "The Fight for Iowa's White Working-Class Soul". The Atlantic.
  5. ^ a b c d e Barton, Thomas J. (October 18, 2014). "Iowa House District 99: Age belies Finkenauer's real political experience". Telegraph Herald. Dubuque, Iowa. Retrieved July 30, 2018.
  6. ^ Rynard, Pat (January 26, 2015). "New Legislator Profile: Abby Finkenauer". Iowa Starting Line.
  7. ^ "The Voter's Self Defense System". Vote Smart. Retrieved November 24, 2018.
  8. ^ Jacobson, Ben. "Finkenauer wins House primary". Retrieved December 20, 2018.
  9. ^ Reber, Craig D. "Democrat Finkenauer defeats Dlouhy". TelegraphHerald.com. Retrieved December 20, 2018.
  10. ^ "Iowa Secretary of State 2014 General Election Canvass Summary" (PDF). Retrieved January 6, 2019.
  11. ^ Barton, Thomas J. (May 3, 2017). "Exclusive: Iowa Rep. Finkenauer to challenge Blum for U.S. House seat in 2018". Telegraph Herald. Dubuque, Iowa. Retrieved July 30, 2018.
  12. ^ Christinia Crippes (May 3, 2017). "Finkenauer seeks 1st District seat". The Courier. Retrieved May 5, 2017.
  13. ^ Almukhtar, Sarah. "Iowa Primary Election Results". Retrieved November 28, 2018.
  14. ^ "Iowa's 1st Congressional District election, 2018 - Ballotpedia". Ballotpedia. Retrieved September 28, 2018.
  15. ^ Lynch, James Q. (October 1, 2018). "Obama endorses Hubbell, Finkenauer". The Gazette.
  16. ^ "Iowa Election Results: First House District". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved December 20, 2018.
  17. ^ contact@scytl.com, scytl. "Election Night Reporting". results.enr.clarityelections.com. Retrieved December 20, 2018.
  18. ^ "This Iowan could become the youngest woman in Congress. But first, she has to beat incumbent Rod Blum". The Des Moines Register. Retrieved September 28, 2018.
  19. ^ Lynch, James Q. (June 27, 2018). "Even if she wins, Finkenauer may not be youngest congresswoman". The Gazette.
  20. ^ "A List Of Firsts For Women In This Year's Midterm Elections". NPR.org. Retrieved November 8, 2018.
  21. ^ Merelli, Annalisa (November 7, 2018). "Meet the other 29-year-old woman elected to Congress". Quartz. ... though she will be 30 by the time she is inaugurated
  22. ^ https://sos.iowa.gov/elections/pdf/2014/general/canvsummary.pdf
  23. ^ "Election Night Reporting". results.enr.clarityelections.com.
  24. ^ "Iowa General Election 2018". Iowa Secretary of State. Retrieved November 11, 2018.

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Iowa House of Representatives
Preceded by
Pat Murphy
Member of the Iowa House of Representatives
from the 99th district

2015–2019
Succeeded by
Lindsay James
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Rod Blum
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Iowa's 1st congressional district

2019–present
Incumbent
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