Feb 11, 2021 - Politics
Where Iowa stands on women's representation in politics
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

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