DUBUQUE – State Representative Abby Finkenauer today announced she will be a candidate for Congress in Iowa’s 1st District in 2018. A life-long resident of Dubuque, Finkenauer announced the start of her campaign at the Dubuque Union Labor Temple. Later in the day, she will be making stops in Cedar Rapids, Marshalltown, Waterloo, and her hometown, Sherrill.
“Today I am announcing my candidacy for Congress in the 1st District,” Finkenauer declared. “I am proud to be from Iowa. I have made my home here in Iowa, and I have dedicated my life to helping make this state a place where everyone has a chance to succeed. I’m running for Congress because Iowans need a fighter who is on their side, and who isn’t afraid to take on out-of-state corporate interests drowning out the voices of the rest of us.”
Abby Finkenauer comes from a working class family in Dubuque County. Her father was a Union Pipefitter Welder and her mother works 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. Politics and current events were always a topic of discussion when Abby was growing up and her grandfather, father and uncles made sure she had a seat at the table as an equal.
“I grew up in a working class family. This is personal. This is my family; these are my friends and my neighbors,” said Finkenauer. “From these amazing people, I learned the value of public service and giving back to the community. My family taught me that when there is work to be done or a problem to solve you always step up and say “yes.” Now, I’m saying yes to stepping up for working families in Washington.”
Finkenauer is a first-generation college graduate. She chose to stay in Iowa for college – earning her degree 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 currently serves on the board of the Greater Dubuque Development Corporation. Recently, she received the 2017 “Rising Star Award” from the Democratic Activist Women’s Network (DAWN’s List), nominated by former President of the Iowa Senate, Senator Pam Jochum.
In 2014, Abby was elected to represent Dubuque in the Iowa Legislature. She has become known as a staunch defender of working families and a vocal advocate for women. As government and policy decisions have made it more difficult each year for working Iowans to get ahead, Abby has been on the front lines fighting back and making sure hardworking Iowans have a voice and a vote.
Finkenauer continued, “Every day I’ve served in the Iowa House, I’ve fought for working families. I stood up to the Republican majority in Des Moines and their anti-worker agenda. I was proud to be a voice for the 180,000 public servants who were silenced in the workplace. I was proud to stand up for working men and women – like my father – when their workers’ compensation was gutted. I fought against massive corporate giveaways at the expense of programs for working families. Now, I plan to take this fight to Washington to ensure the hard-working people of the first district have a champion once again in Washington.”
Abby will take the values she learned from her family and her experiences growing up in a blue-collar community to Washington, DC where she will be the fighter Iowa’s working families deserve.
“While it is easy to be disheartened by politics, it is critical that we never stop fighting for what is right,” Finkenauer said. “I am ready for the fight, and I hope you are too. I look forward to traveling the district, talking with Iowans, and earning their vote. And once elected, I look forward to being the representative that once again fights for all of us.”