State Representative Ashley Hinson (R-Marion) is serving her second term in the Iowa Legislature. The former TV anchor is said to be mulling a potential run for U.S. Congress in 2020 against Democrat Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer.
The two served together in the Iowa House from 2017-2018.
Rep. Hinson won re-election in 2018 against Democrat Eric Gjerde. She serves as vice chair of the House Appropriations Committee. She also has a seat on the House Judiciary and Transportation committees.
In her brief time in the legislature, Hinson has put together a solid record. She was rated 100 percent by the National Federation of Independent Business as well as the Iowa Association of Business and Industry. She received a 90 percent score from the American Conservative Union.
Finkenauer defeated former Congressman Rod Blum in 2018. Finkenauer received 51 percent of the vote. She won by less than 17,000 votes. Blum won 16 of the 20 counties in the district, but couldn’t overcome the near-17,000-vote advantage Finkenauer received from Linn County, which includes Cedar Rapids.
In the Iowa House, Finkenauer voted against a bill that would’ve required law enforcement to comply with ICE Detainer Requests. Finkenauer, who ran as a pro-infrastructure candidate, failed to support the gas tax legislation that passed in 2015.