Abby Lea Finkenauer (born December 27, 1988) is an American politician who is the U.S. Representative from 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.
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Iowa's 1st district
|Assumed office |
January 3, 2019
|Preceded by||Rod Blum|
|Member of the Iowa House of Representatives|
from the 99th district
January 12, 2015 – January 3, 2019
|Preceded by||Pat Murphy|
|Succeeded by||Lindsay James|
Abby Lea Finkenauer
December 27, 1988
Dubuque, Iowa, U.S.
|Domestic partner||Daniel Wasta|
|Education||Drake University (BA)|
Before being elected to Congress, Finkenauer served in the Iowa House of Representatives for the 69th district from 2015 to 2019. Her committee assignments included Economic Growth, Labor, Transportation, and Ways and Means. She was also a member of the Economic Development Appropriations Subcommittee.
On November 6, 2018, Finkenauer and fellow Democrat Cindy Axne became the first women from Iowa elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, after Republican Senator Joni Ernst became the first woman from Iowa elected to the U.S. Senate in 2014. 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 educationEdit
Early political careerEdit
In 2006, Finkenauer was a page for U.S. Representative Jim Nussle, a Republican who represented Northeast Iowa in Congress. The following year, Finkenauer was a page for Pat Murphy, the Democratic Speaker of the House in Iowa.
In 2007, Finkenauer was the Iowa volunteer coordinator for the Joe Biden presidential campaign. She was later legislative aide for Iowa Democratic State Representative Todd Taylor and communications specialist for the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque.
Iowa House of RepresentativesEdit
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. In the general election, she faced lawyer Daniel Dlouhy and defeated him, receiving 60.8% of the vote. She was 25 when first elected to the Iowa House of Representatives.
U.S. House of RepresentativesEdit
In May 2017, Finkenauer announced her candidacy for Iowa's 1st congressional district, which was held by Republican and Dubuque resident Rod Blum. 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.
As of September 2018, her race was classified as Lean Democratic or Tilt Democratic by 3 major rating firms. On October 1, 2018, former President Barack Obama endorsed Finkenauer. She defeated Blum with 50.9% of the vote, a margin of 5%.
She and Cindy Axne, elected from the 3rd district, are the first women to represent Iowa in the House. She is the second youngest woman ever elected to the House, being about ten months older than fellow 2018 freshman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez; Finkenauer turned 30 a week before being sworn in in January.
- Committee on Small Business
- Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
|Republican||Rod Blum (Incumbent)||153,077||45.6||-7.7|
|Democratic gain from Republican||Swing||+12.5|
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- "Iowa Secretary of State 2014 General Election Canvass Summary" (PDF). Retrieved January 6, 2019.
- 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.
- Christinia Crippes (May 3, 2017). "Finkenauer seeks 1st District seat". The Courier. Retrieved May 5, 2017.
- Almukhtar, Sarah. "Iowa Primary Election Results". Retrieved November 28, 2018.
- "Iowa's 1st Congressional District election, 2018 - Ballotpedia". Ballotpedia. Retrieved September 28, 2018.
- Lynch, James Q. (October 1, 2018). "Obama endorses Hubbell, Finkenauer". The Gazette.
- "Iowa Election Results: First House District". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved December 20, 2018.
- firstname.lastname@example.org, scytl. "Election Night Reporting". results.enr.clarityelections.com. Retrieved December 20, 2018.
- "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.
- Lynch, James Q. (June 27, 2018). "Even if she wins, Finkenauer may not be youngest congresswoman". The Gazette.
- "A List Of Firsts For Women In This Year's Midterm Elections". NPR.org. Retrieved November 8, 2018.
- 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
- "Election Night Reporting". results.enr.clarityelections.com.
- "Iowa General Election 2018". Iowa Secretary of State. Retrieved November 11, 2018.
- "Iowa Congresswoman Engaged to Marry Presidential Candidate's Staffer". whotv.com. October 20, 2019. Retrieved November 23, 2019.
- Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer official U.S. House website
- Official campaign website
- Official State House website
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Profile at Vote Smart
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Legislation sponsored at the Library of Congress
|Iowa House of Representatives|
| Member of the Iowa House of Representatives
from the 99th district
|U.S. House of Representatives|
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Iowa's 1st congressional district
|U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)|
| United States Representatives by seniority