Iowa Congressional Districts
On November 4, 2021, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) signed new congressional and state legislative maps into law after the state’s Legislative Services Agency had proposed them on October 21, 2021.
The Iowa legislature approved the maps by a vote of 48-1 in the state Senate and 93-2 in the state House. The legislature could only vote to approve or reject the maps and could not make any amendments. The maps take effect for Iowa’s 2022 congressional and legislative elections.
Changes to the congressional map include:
- Iowa’s 4th Congressional District shrunk in geographical size.
- Iowa’s 1st Congressional District grew in geographical size.
- Story County is back in the 4th Congressional District.
- Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks, who currently serves the 2nd District, will be running for re-election in the 1st District.
- Rep. Ashley Hinson, currently in the 1st District, moves into the 2nd District; she has announced plans to run for re-election in the 2nd.
- That leaves an open seat in the 1st District.
Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District
Incumbent Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R) currently serves the 2nd District, and will be running for re-election in the 1st District versus Christina Bohannan (D) in the November 8 election.
Incumbent Ashley Hinson (R) currently serves the 1st District, and will be running for re-election in the 2nd District versus challenger Liz Mathis (D) in the November 8 election.
Ashley Hinson (R)
Ashley Hinson (R) is a member of the U.S. House, representing Iowa’s 1st Congressional District. She is running for re-election to the U.S. House to represent Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District on November 8 after winning the Republican primary on June 7, 2022.
An Iowa native, Hinson is an award-winning journalist and a proud wife and mother of two. Hinson previously served in the Iowa state House and represented Iowa’s 67th House district, serving Hiawatha, Robins, Cedar Rapids, and Marion, where she currently resides.
Hinson was a reporter for KCRG-TV in Cedar Rapids. For more than a decade, she had the opportunity to connect with Iowa’s small business owners and community leaders. Hinson’s reporting on rising healthcare costs, devastating flooding, and other critical issues impacting Eastern Iowa drove her to seek opportunities to better serve her community and take action to solve the problems she had covered for years.
While working as a reporter, Hinson earned recognition as a two-time Midwest regional Emmy award winner, an RTDNA Health Reporting Fellow, and a Waypoint Tribute to Women Honoree. She received her B.A. in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Southern California before returning home to Iowa to work and raise a family.
Hinson has served with the NCSML, Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance, March of Dimes, Young Parents Network, National Council on Youth Leadership, The History Center, and Junior Achievement of Eastern Iowa
Hinson has introduced and supported bipartisan legislation to improve child care access for working families in Iowa, root out corruption in Washington through federal lobbying bans, and create opportunities for workers in the community. She is a member of the House Appropriations Committee and House Budget Committee.
Liz Mathis (D)
Liz Mathis (D) is a member of the Iowa State Senate, representing District 34. She is running for election to the U.S. House to represent Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District in the November 8 election after winning the Democratic primary on June 7, 2022.
At the University of Iowa, Mathis earned a degree in journalism, met her husband and got her first job in broadcasting for a local radio station. Soon a position at KWWL Channel 7 followed, where she reported from the Cedar Rapids bureau before becoming an anchor at age 23. Later, Mathis taught at Wartburg College in Waverly and then returned to the anchor chair for KCRG Channel 9. Every night, Mathis told important stories that helped Iowans, held powerful interests accountable and shone a light on issues affecting our state – from the farm crisis to healthcare to drug epidemics.
Mathis started a new career in 2007 as a nonprofit leader in Cedar Rapids. Working for Horizons, and then later with Four Oaks, she worked with others to help Iowa families recover from devastating floods. In both positions, and over 13 years, she teamed up to support children and adults who needed mental health care, housing and basic needs.
In 2011, Mathis was elected to the State Senate. As Senator, she has spoken up for families struggling with the state’s Medicaid program and created measures that focused on children, Iowa’s economy and educational growth. As a member of the Agriculture Committee, she has worked to help Iowa family farmers and farming communities. And she’s assisted Iowa families and businesses struggling to recover from COVID-19 and 2020 derecho disaster.
Iowa’s 4th Congressional District
Incumbent Randy Feenstra (R), Ryan Melton (D), and Bryan Jack Holder (Liberty Caucus), are all running in the general election on November 8 to represent the district.
Randy Feenstra (R)
Randy Feenstra (R) is running for re-election to the U.S. House to represent Iowa’s 4th Congressional District in the general election on November 8. He advanced from the Republican primary on June 7, 2022.
Feenstra was born and raised in Hull, Iowa where he and his wife, Lynette, raised their four children – Taylor, Erika, Dawson, and Savannah.
Before being elected to Congress, Randy worked for the Foreign Candy Company in Hull as Head of Sales, and later served as Hull City Administrator, Sioux County Treasurer, and Chairman of the Iowa Senate Ways and Means Committee where he authored, and Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed into law, the largest income tax reduction in state history back in 2017.
Feenstra also taught business and economics at his alma mater, Dordt University. In addition to earning his bachelor’s degree from Dordt, Randy received a master’s degree in Public Administration from Iowa State University.
In February of 2022, Randy completed his PhD by successfully defending his dissertation in Business and Healthcare Administration from Northcentral University, focusing specifically on maternal healthcare outcomes and healthcare deserts in rural America.
Feenstra is a committed advocate for the unborn, fiscal responsibility, border security, and Iowa’s family farmers, livestock producers, and thriving biofuels industry.
Ryan Melton (D)
Ryan Melton (D) is running for election to the U.S. House to represent Iowa’s 4th Congressional District in the general election on November 8. He advanced from the Democratic primary on June 7, 2022.
Melton was born and raised in Omaha, NE. Melton is a husband and father of 2 boys, and has lived the last 2 decades in Iowa. Raised in poverty, he is well aware of the struggles of working families. He was the first in his family to graduate from college. He earned his Bachelor’s in History and Political Science from Iowa State University in 2005, and his M.A. in U.S. History from Kansas University in 2008.
Melton is advocating for affordable health care and prescription drugs, access to quality, affordable child care, funding Iowa’s public schools, support for mental health and addiction services, Iowans pursuit of financial independence, taking care of veterans, protecting democracy, competition and sustainability in agriculture, public safety concerns, and protecting at-risk communities.
Bryan Jack Holder (Liberty Caucus)
Bryan Jack Holder (Liberty Caucus) is running for election to the U.S. House to represent Iowa’s 4th Congressional District. He is on the ballot in the general election on November 8.
Bryan Jack Holder has lived his entire life in Council Bluffs, IA, and works for his family’s videography business.
Holder is running for the 5th time in Iowa’s 4th Congressional District after the redistricting process moved his home county of Pottawattamie into District 4. Holder has also run for Congress 4 times in Iowa’s 3rd Congressional District.
Holder’s top campaign priority is making U.S. House districts smaller and having more representation in the U.S. House.