Momentum Building for Finkenauer Congressional Run

DUBUQUE, IA – Abby Finkenauer today announced the support of prominent Iowans for her run for congress. The announcement comes on the heels of Rod Blum’s disastrous week of town hall meetings in Iowa’s First Congressional District.

“I have worked closely with Abby for years, first as my legislative aide and now as my colleague. I have seen first hand her deep commitment to public service. I like her work ethic, experience, and the ‘street cred’ she has developed over the years standing up for all Iowans. She’s a fighter for Iowa families and this First Congressional district couldn’t have a stronger advocate taking their voice to the US House,” said Todd Taylor, State Representative from Cedar Rapids.

“Abby has been a strong partner in the state legislature, giving voice to so many Iowans who would otherwise not have one. I’m endorsing Abby for Congress because we need someone who sees what’s really happening in our communities. She is a truth teller who won’t sweep the tough facts under the rug, and who isn’t afraid to fight the hard fights.” said Ras Smith, State Representative from Waterloo.

“Working families need a voice in Washington, and I am honored to have the support of so many Iowans who believe that I can be that voice,” said Finkenauer. “This week, Rod Blum showed us the kind of representative he really is. Iowa families need someone who will stand up for them, someone who can face tough questions and who will take on the special interests in DC. I look forward to talking to and earning the support of Iowans across this district. Once elected, I look forward to being the representative that once again fights for all of us.”

Below are early endorsers of Abby Finkenauer:

  • Liz Bennett, State Representative, Linn County
  • Tyler Olson, Former State Representative, Linn County
  • Kirsten Running-Marquardt, State Representative, Linn County
  • Todd Taylor, State Representative, Linn County
  • Nathan Gruber, Black Hawk County Democratic Party Vice Chair
  • Ras Smith, State Representative, Black Hawk County
  • Pam Jochum, Former President of the Iowa Senate, State Senator, Dubuque County
  • Steve Drahozal, Dubuque County Democratic Chair
  • Matt Tapscott, Winneshiek County Democratic Party Chair
  • Sue Dvorsky, former Iowa Democratic Party Chair
  • Janet Petersen, State Senator, Polk County
  • Ako Abdul-Samad, State Representative, Former Chair of Iowa Democratic Party Black Caucus
  • Karen Lischer, Marshall County Activist, Spouse of Iowa House Democrats Leader Mark Smith
  • Jessica Kean, Jackson County Activist
  • Walt Pregler, former Mayor of Dubuque and former Dubuque County Democratic Chair
  • Jim Flogel, President, Dubuque Building and Construction Trades Council
  • Pete Hird, IBEW 704 Executive Committee Member
  • Tom Jochum, Central Iowa Building and Construction Trades Representative
  • Marcia Nichols, Retired AFSCME Political Director
  • Mark Cook, Steelworkers Local 1861 U President
  • John Rosenthal, Teamsters 120 Business Agent
  • Tom Townsend, Dubuque Federation of Labor President

Finkenauer was born and raised in rural Dubuque County, where her grandfather was a lieutenant with the Dubuque fire department, her father a union pipefitter welder and her mother an employee with the Dubuque Community Schools. Finkenauer is part of the first generation in her family to graduate from college, earning her degree from Drake University. She has worked for the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque, where she helped invest in communities to help them grow, and was the state director for Make It Work, an organization dedicated to creating equal pay in the workplace. In 2014, she was elected to represent the city of Dubuque in the Iowa House, where she earned a reputation for standing up for working families and women. She announced her run for Iowa’s First Congressional District last week.