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Abby Finkenauer makes history in the 1st Congressional district

(KWWL) – A record number of women were elected to the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday night, according to reports.

Abby Finkenauer is one of those women headed to Washington D.C.

Representative Finkenauer was elected to U.S. Representative seat for Iowa’s 1st congressional district against Republican incumbent Rod Blum.


The Dubuque native is one of the youngest congresswomen ever elected in the country.

Before yesterday, 84 women held seats in the U.S. House.

Now, there are at least 95 women.


Finkenauer previously held a seat in the Iowa House of Representatives. She was elected in 2014.

The 29-year-old joins Cindy Axne who was also voted to represent Iowa in the 3rd congressional district.

Finkenauer is the first Democrat to hold the 1st congressional district seat since Bruce Braley.

Braley first took office in 2007. He served four terms.


According to the Federal Election Commission, Finkenauer spent more than $3.3 million dollars on her campaign through October 17.


Democrat Lindsay James was elected to District 99, which was Finkenauer’s old district in Dubuque County.

She ran against Republican Pauline Chilton.

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Olivia Schmitt

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