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Randy Feenstra

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Randy Feenstra
Randy Feenstra 117th U.S Congress.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Iowa's 4th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2021
Preceded bySteve King
Member of the Iowa Senate
from the 2nd district
In office
January 11, 2009 – January 3, 2021
Preceded byDave Mulder
Succeeded byJeff Taylor
Treasurer of Sioux County
In office
Preceded byRobert Hagey
Succeeded byRandy Jacobsma
Personal details
Born (1969-01-14) January 14, 1969 (age 52)
Hull, Iowa, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Lynette Feenstra
(m. 1996)
EducationDordt University (BA)
Iowa State University (MPA)
WebsiteHouse website

Randall L. Feenstra (born January 14, 1969) is an American politician and businessman serving as the U.S. Representative for Iowa's 4th congressional district. 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 longtime 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; 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]


Feenstra began his career as sales manager for the Foreign Candy Company,[1][8] 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



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 Election for U.S. Representative of Iowa's 4th Congressional District
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Randy Feenstra 237,369 62.0
Democratic J. D. Scholten 144,761 37.8
Write-in 892 0.2


Committee assignments

Caucus memberships

Personal life

Feenstra married his wife Lynette in 1996. The couple has four children.[32][33]


  1. ^ a b Mahoney, Mark (January 12, 2019). "Hull state senator to run for Congress". N'West Iowa Review. Retrieved June 3, 2020.
  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.
  12. ^ "Primary: Voters will select who faces Culver". Sioux County Index Reporter. June 2, 2010. Retrieved June 3, 2020.
  13. ^ "Democrats keep Senate, House". Des Moines Register. November 5, 2008. Retrieved January 12, 2019.
  14. ^ "2012 General Precinct Vote Totals by County". Iowa Secretary of State. Retrieved November 15, 2014.
  15. ^ Hoogland, Steve (November 8, 2016). "Wheeler wins Iowa House seat". N'West Iowa Review. Retrieved January 11, 2019.
  16. ^ "Senator Randy Feenstra". The Iowa Legislature. Retrieved November 15, 2014.
  17. ^ Lawrence, Tom (August 1, 2017). "Feenstra to become Dordt professor". Sioux Center News. Retrieved June 3, 2020.
  18. ^ "Feenstra leaving insurance business for college position". Sioux County Index Reporter. August 2, 2017. Retrieved August 9, 2017.
  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.
  32. ^ "Feenstra launches re-election bid". Chronicle Times. January 6, 2012. Retrieved January 12, 2019.
  33. ^ "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

Succeeded by
Jeff Taylor
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Steve King
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Iowa's 4th congressional district

U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
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Pat Fallon
United States Representatives by seniority
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