Ashley Hinson

Ashley Elizabeth Hinson née Arenholz (born June 27, 1983)[1] is an American politician and journalist who is the U.S. Representative for Iowa's 1st congressional district. Her district comprises much of the northeast quadrant of the state, including Cedar Rapids, Waterloo, Cedar Falls, and Dubuque.

Ashley Hinson
Ashley Hinson Official portrait.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Iowa's 1st district
Assumed office
January 3, 2021
Preceded byAbby Finkenauer
Member of the Iowa House of Representatives
from the 67th district
In office
January 9, 2017 – January 3, 2021
Preceded byKraig Paulsen
Succeeded byEric Gjerde
Personal details
Born (1983-06-27) June 27, 1983 (age 37)
Des Moines, Iowa, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Matthew Hinson
EducationUniversity of Southern California (BA)
WebsiteHouse website

A Republican, she was the Iowa State Representative for the 67th district from 2017 to 2021, the first woman to represent the 67th district.[2] She won a seat in United States House of Representatives in the 2020 election, defeating incumbent Democrat Abby Finkenauer.

Early life, education, and careerEdit

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.[citation needed] Hinson began her career as an anchor for KCRG-TV.[4]

Iowa House of RepresentativesEdit


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%.[5]

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.[6]

In 2018, Hinson faced a competitive race against teacher Eric Gjerde. She defeated him, 52%–48%.[7][8]

Committee assignmentsEdit

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.

U.S. House of RepresentativesEdit


On May 13, 2019, Hinson filed paperwork to run against Democratic incumbent Abby Finkenauer in Iowa's 1st congressional district.[6]

The district, which encompasses 20 counties in northeastern Iowa, was flipped in the 2018 election.[9] 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.[10] On June 2, 2020, Hinson won the Republican primary and beat incumbent Democrat Finkenauer in the November general election.[11] Hinson focused her campaign on cutting taxes and building infrastructure.[2]

2020 Election for U.S. Representative of Iowa's 1st Congressional District
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Ashley Hinson 212,088 51.2
Democratic Abby Finkenauer (incumbent) 201,347 48.7
Write-in 434 0.1

Committee assignmentsEdit

Electoral historyEdit

Election Political result Candidate Party Votes %
Iowa House of Representatives General Election, 2018 [15]
District 67
Turnout: 16,537
Republican hold Ashley HinsonRepublican8,59352.0%
Eric Gjerde Democratic7,93248.0%
Write-in votes 120.1%
Iowa House of Representatives General Election, 2016 [16]
District 67
Turnout: 17,997
Republican hold Ashley HinsonRepublican11,24862.50%
Mark Seidl Democratic6,74937.50%

Personal lifeEdit

On November 12, 2020, Hinson tested positive for COVID-19.[17]

See alsoEdit


  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. ^ Carros, Adam (January 18, 2019). "Rep. Hinson considering run for Congress". KCRG-TV9. Retrieved January 20, 2019.
  5. ^
  6. ^ a b Rynard, Pat. "Ashley Hinson Files For 1st District Run Against Abby Finkenauer". Iowa Starting Line. Retrieved June 9, 2020.
  7. ^ "Ashley Hinson". Ballotpedia. Retrieved June 9, 2020.
  8. ^ "Gjerde and Hinson attack one another's record in TV ads". Retrieved August 26, 2020.
  9. ^ "Ashley Hinson, Abby Finkenauer raise $3 million in 2019 for Iowa's 1st District race". The Gazette. January 8, 2020. Retrieved June 9, 2020.
  10. ^ "Hinson Turns in More Than Four Times the Required Signatures to be on the Ballot". February 25, 2020. Retrieved August 26, 2020.
  11. ^ Staff, KCRG News. "Hinson wins 1st District Republican nomination, will face Finkenauer". Retrieved June 3, 2020.
  12. ^ "Hinson Tapped to Serve on House Appropriations Committee | Representative Ashley Hinson". Retrieved February 2, 2021.
  13. ^ "Hinson Named To Key Appropriations Subcommittees | Representative Ashley Hinson". Retrieved February 2, 2021.
  14. ^ a b "Hinson Selected to Serve on House Budget Committee | Representative Ashley Hinson". Retrieved February 2, 2021.
  15. ^ "Official Results". Iowa Secretary of State. Retrieved January 20, 2019.
  16. ^ "2016 General Election Canvass Summary" (PDF). Iowa Secretary of State. p. 131. Retrieved January 20, 2019.
  17. ^

External linksEdit

Iowa House of Representatives
Preceded by
Kraig Paulsen
Member of the Iowa House of Representatives
from the 67th district

Succeeded by
Eric Gjerde
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Abby Finkenauer
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Iowa's 1st congressional district

U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Yvette Herrell
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Ronny Jackson