Abby Finkenauer





RACE SUMMARY:  Defeated Republican incumbent Rod Blum to become one of two women elected from Iowa for the first time to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2018.

VOTING RECORD: Project Vote Smart,


PARTY: Democrat

BORN: 12/27/1988

EDUCATION:Drake University (BA)

OCCUPATION:  Non-profit

FAMILY: Single 

  • 2019 - Present: U.S. Representative, Iowa 1st District
  • (2014-2019): Representative, Iowa State House of Representatives 
  • Small Business
  • Transportation & Infrastructure
  • Chair, Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment
  • Assistant Whip for House Majority


  • Supports a two state solution 
  • Supports Israel's right to self defense
  • Opposed BDS and delegitimization of Israel


  • Opposes defunding Planned Parenthood 
  • Supports full access to contraception and family planning services 
  • Cosponsored a bill to remove the deadline to ratify the ERA
  • Received a 100% rating from NARAL

In Her Own Words

“For both the United States and Israel, no connection is more important than the special relationship between our two countries. It is one I will always fight to continue in Congress, and a bond I felt deeply during my visit to Israel in July 2015.”  1

"Working through severe pain is part of life for millions of women all over this country, and it is time we stand up and fight for them. I am so grateful to have Congresswoman González-Colón and many others join this effort to make sure endometriosis gets the attention and funding that it demands. It is a condition that makes life harder for millions of women all over our country, and we want to make sure women know it is okay to talk about living with endometriosis -- it doesn't make you weak." 2

"Women’s rights have been chipped away year after year, and we must defend our rights as women. And we must have our great allies, the men in this room, defending as well." 3

SOURCES: 1) 2018 Position Papers  2) Announcing formation of Endometriosis Caucus  3)

Interesting Facts

The youngest of four siblings.

Worked at the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque and served on the board of the Greater Dubuque Development Corporation. 

Received the 2017 'Rising Star Award' from the Democratic Activist Women's Network (DAWN's list).

Was a page for the Democratic Speaker of the Iowa House while in high school.

Worked as a Cloakroom Page in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2006.