|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Iowa's 1st district
January 3, 2019
|Member of the Iowa House of Representatives|
from the 99th district
January 12, 2015 - January 3, 2019
Abby Lea Finkenauer
December 27, 1988
Dubuque, Iowa, U.S.
|Domestic partner||Daniel Wasta|
|Education||Drake University (BA)|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Republican||Rod Blum (Incumbent)||153,077||45.6||-7.7|
|Democratic gain from Republican||Swing||+12.5|
... though she will be 30 by the time she is inaugurated
|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
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