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MEET ABBY FINKENAUER: Democratic Candidate for US Representative (Congressional District 1)

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In 2014, Abby Finkenauer was elected to represent Dubuque as a State Representative in the Iowa Legislature. At the State Capitol, she fought for Iowa's working families and was a vocal advocate for women. 

Finkenauer comes from a working class family in Dubuque County. Her father was a Union Pipefitter Welder, her mother worked for the Dubuque Community Schools. She learned the value of public service and giving back to the community from her family, particularly from her grandfather who was a Lieutenant in the Dubuque Fire Department.  Her family taught her that when there is work to be done or a problem to solve you say “yes.”

Finkenauer is the youngest of four siblings, all first-generation college graduates. She earned her degree in public relations from Drake University.  After college, she worked at the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque with Jackson County, Jones County, Delaware County, Clayton County, and Allamakee County affiliate foundations. She formerly served on the board of Greater Dubuque Development Corporation.

Recently, she received the 2017 “Rising Star Award” from the Democratic Activist Women’s Network (DAWN’s List).  She was a Page in Congress and at the State Capitol.

You can see a map of Congressional District 1 here.  For more information or to get involved in the Finkenauer campaign, go to abbyfinkenauer.com or email info@abbyfinkenauer.com.


One in seven Iowans has a disability, many of whom rely on support services funded through the state’s Medicaid program.  What actions will you take in Congress to make sure Iowans have access to the supports and services they need to live, learn, and work in their communities?  

One of my top priorities in Congress will be to defend all Iowans’ access to quality and affordable healthcare, including those with disabilities and individuals who rely on the state’s Medicaid program. Healthcare is a human right, and I will always fight for every American’s access to quality and affordable care. 

A disastrous attempt to privatize Medicaid in Iowa has resulted in reduced funding and slashed services, ultimately denying necessary care to Iowans across the state. We should be working to better provide for underserved communities, not stripping away coverage and making their lives harder. I will stand against cuts to Medicaid and any other programs that ensure Iowans have access to vital services they need. Medicaid is an essential program for countless Americans and using it as a political bargaining chip is shameful. 

Similarly, the recently enacted tax plan puts pressure on Congress to make cuts to Medicaid and Medicare, in order to reduce the federal debt. While I take the federal deficit extremely seriously, the best way to reduce the deficit would have been to not increase it by $1.6 trillion to give tax cuts to the richest Americans and huge corporations.

We must fight to protect and build upon the progress we made in the Affordable Care Act, toward the goals of achieving universal healthcare coverage and lowering the cost of care. In Congress, I will oppose efforts related to the Affordable Care Act that would jeopardize long-term care by restructuring Medicaid into per capita caps or block grants, as well as attempts to phase out the Medicaid expansion, taking away health coverage for low-income seniors under the age of 65.

 I am running for Congress to be a voice for all Iowans, particularly those who have been underserved in the past. We need representation in Congress that’s working for Iowans to improve our healthcare system and expand coverage. It’s time for the partisan political games that have too often controlled the healthcare conversation to end, and it’s time for leadership that puts Iowan families first.