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Finkenauer Set to Become One of Iowa’s First Female Congressional Representatives


Today is the day that a Dubuque woman makes history, becoming one of the first females to represent Iowa in Congress. Abby Finkenauer will be sworn in today as the new representative of the state’s 1st Congressional District, which includes the entire Iowa portion of our listening area. Finkenauer tells KDTH there won’t be a lot of time for ceremony, as she and the other members of the new Democratic House majority plan to get right to work. One of the first issues the House will take up will be ending the partial government shutdown that began last month. Finkenauer says the shutdown measure being considered is the same language that has already passed the Senate. Finkenauer isn’t focusing on the fact that she and Cindy Axne of the 3rd District will be the first women to represent Iowa in the House. Finkenauer says most of her time since Election Day has been spent in orientation for new Congressional members, and hiring staff for her offices both in Washington and in the 1st District. Along with being one of Iowa’s first female Congressional representatives, Finkenauer – at 30 years of age – is also one of the youngest women ever elected to federal office.

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