Election season 2020 is getting into full swing, and we’re excited that there has been a surge in Republican women running for public office. Here at FFL, we like to celebrate the conservative women running for office and give our readers and their potential voters a look at what they stand for. 

The filing date for the congressional races for 2020 in Iowa recently passed. There are two women running for the House of Representatives and one running for re-election in the Senate. Iowa will host Congressional primaries on June 2, 2020 and the general election on November 3, 2020.

Joni Ernst (United States Senate)

Joni Ernst is pretty well-known in conservative politics. A fiesty, female veteran who is not afraid to speak her mind, Ernst has been in the Senate since 2015. If she wins in November, she’ll serve a second term. She was the first woman elected to the Senate from Iowa, ever, and the first female combat veteran to serve in the Senate. She was a member of the Iowa National Guard. Then, she served a year in Kuwait. When she retired from the military, she had served 23 years total! Ernst gave the GOP response to the State of the Union in 2015, which is often a sign for a great career in the movement. Currently, she sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee, the Committee on Armed Services, and others. She’s supported President Trump since his election and has a score of 85% from the American Conservative Union. She is a gun-owner who supports the Second Amendment, a pro-life woman, and as bravely spoken out about being a survivor of sexual assault and domestic violence. 

You can find her campaign website here, her Senate website here, and follow her on Twitter @JoniErnst

Ashley Hinson (IA-01)

Ashley Hinson is a long-time news reporter now running to represent Iowa’s first district in Congress. She’ll need to win the GOP primary and beat Democrat incumbent Abby Finkenauer to do it. She formerly served in the state legislature as well–as the first woman to represent the 67th district.. She credits her time as a reporter with helping her connect with the community. In the legislature, she’s a big fan of common sense leadership, increased K-12 education aid, and balanced budgets. On the issues, she supports rebuilding roads, middle class income tax cuts, the USMCA, and protected healthcare coverage for Americans with pre-existing conditions. Hinson has also been endorsed by the pro-life group, Susan B Anthony List. 

You can find her campaign website here and follow her on Twitter @hinsonashley.

Marianette Miller-Meeks (IA-02)

Dr. Marianette Miller-Meeks is a current member of the Iowa State Senate who has run for higher office before. This year, she’s running to represent Iowa’s second district, which is currently held by a Democrat. She lost the same race to incumbent Dave Loebsack in 2014, but Loebsack is not running for re-election. Miller-Meeks, like Ernst, also served in the military as a nurse and later, a doctor. She credits her interest in medicine to the excellent care she and her brother received as children burned in a kitchen fire. She’s a mother of two, and also served for two years as the Director of the Iowa Department of Public Health. On the issues, she is pro-life, supports the 2nd Amendment, and believes that healthcare needs to be affordable, accessible, and a choice made by citizens. She does not support Medicare for All. 

You can find her campaign website here and follow her on Twitter @millermeeks.

Aryssa D
FFL Cabinet Member