Feb 11, 2021 - Politics
Where Iowa stands on women's representation in politics
Data: Axios Research; Chart: Sara Wise/Axios
Data: Axios Research; Chart: Sara Wise/Axios

Four women now represent Iowa in Congress, a record for the state.

  • But the count slipped in the Iowa Legislature, where there are 43 women, two fewer than the record set in 2019.

By the numbers: Fewer women ran for seats in the Iowa Legislature in 2020. Last year, 33.6% of state legislative candidates were women, compared to 35.3% in 2018.

The trailblazers:

  • Carolyn Campbell Pendray, a Democrat, became the first woman elected to the Iowa Legislature in 1928.
  • Sen. Joni Ernst (R) became the first woman Iowa sent to Congress when she was elected in November 2014.
  • Rep. Cindy Axne (D) was elected in the 2018 midterms.
  • Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R) and Rep. Ashley Hinson (R) are the latest to join the club this year.
Collage picture of Carolyn Campbell Pendray, Rep. Cindy Axe and Sen. Joni Ernst
L to R: Carolyn Campbell Pendray, Rep. Cindy Axe and Sen. Joni Ernst. Photos courtesy of the Iowa Legislative Services Agency and the offices of Axne and Ernst

This story first appeared in the Axios Des Moines newsletter, designed to help readers get smarter, faster on the most consequential news unfolding in their own backyard.

avatar

Get more local stories in your inbox with Axios Des Moines.

🌱

Support local journalism by becoming a member.

Learn more

More Des Moines stories

No stories could be found

Des Moinespostcard

Get a free daily digest of the most important news in your backyard with Axios Des Moines.

🌱

Support local journalism by becoming a member.

Learn more