Ashley Hinson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Iowa's 2nd district
Assumed office
January 3, 2021
Preceded byAbby Finkenauer
Constituency1st district (2021–2023)
Member of the Iowa House of Representatives
from the 67th district
In office
January 9, 2017 – January 3, 2021
Preceded byKraig Paulsen
Succeeded byEric Gjerde
Personal details
Ashley Elizabeth Hinson

(1983-06-27) June 27, 1983 (age 40)
Des Moines, Iowa, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Matthew Arenholz
(m. 2008)
EducationUniversity of Southern California (BA)
WebsiteHouse website

Ashley Elizabeth Hinson (born June 27, 1983)[1] is an American politician and journalist serving as the U.S. representative for Iowa's 2nd congressional district. She has served in the House since 2021, representing a northeastern district including Cedar Rapids, Waterloo, Cedar Falls, and Dubuque.

A member of the Republican Party, Hinson was the Iowa State Representative for the 67th district from 2017 to 2021, the first woman to represent the district.[2] She won a seat in the United States House of Representatives in the 2020 election, narrowly defeating incumbent Democrat Abby Finkenauer. Hinson and Mariannette Miller-Meeks are the first Republican women to represent Iowa in the House.

Early life, education and career

A native of Des Moines, Iowa, Hinson is a graduate of Valley High School in West Des Moines and the University of Southern California, where she studied broadcast journalism.[3] She is an alumna of the Pi Beta Phi sorority.[4] Hinson began her career as an anchor for KCRG-TV.[5]

Iowa House of Representatives


In 2016, Hinson ran for Iowa's 67th House District, based in Linn County, Iowa. She defeated Democrat Mark Seidl, 62.5%-37.5%.[6]

This Cedar Rapids suburban district is very competitive. 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton won it over Donald Trump by two percentage points.[7]

In 2018, Hinson faced a competitive race against teacher Eric Gjerde. She defeated him, 52%–48%.[8][9]

Committee assignments

In the Iowa House, Hinson served on the Judiciary committee, the Public Safety committee, and the Transportation committee, which she chaired. She also served on the Transportation, Infrastructure, and Capitals Appropriations Subcommittee.

U.S. House of Representatives



See also: 2020 United States House of Representatives elections in Iowa § District 1

On May 13, 2019, Hinson filed paperwork to run against Democratic incumbent Abby Finkenauer in Iowa's 1st congressional district.[7]

The district, which encompasses 20 counties in northeastern Iowa, was flipped in the 2018 election.[10] Hinson was announced as a "contender" by the National Republican Congressional Committee. She was endorsed by Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds and Lieutenant Governor Adam Gregg.[11] On June 2, 2020, Hinson won the Republican primary.[12]

Hinson focused her campaign on cutting taxes and building infrastructure.[2] In July 2020, The New York Times reported several instances of Hinson's campaign website plagiarizing portions of articles from media outlets. Hinson said she "was unaware of the plagiarism when I reviewed drafts presented to me by staff. As a journalist I take this extremely seriously and am deeply sorry for the mistake. The staff responsible will be held accountable."[13][14]

Hinson beat Finkenauer in the November general election.[15]


See also: 2022 United States House of Representatives elections in Iowa § District 2

On October 29, 2021, most of Hinson's territory, including her home in Marion, near Cedar Rapids, became the 2nd district due to redistricting, and Hinson announced she would seek reelection there. In effect, she traded district numbers with fellow freshman Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks.[16] Hinson defeated Democratic nominee Liz Mathis in the general election.[17]


Hinson, along with all other Senate and House Republicans, voted against the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.[18]

On July 19, 2022, Hinson and 46 other Republican Representatives voted for the Respect for Marriage Act, which would codify the right to same-sex marriage in federal law.[19]

In 2022, Hinson was one of 39 Republicans to vote for the Merger Filing Fee Modernization Act of 2022, an antitrust package that would crack down on corporations for anti-competitive behavior.[20][21]


In 2021, Hinson voted against the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.[22]

Social Security

In 2020, Hilson said she was "open" to raising the retirement age for Social Security.[23]

Committee assignments

For the 118th Congress:[24]

Caucus memberships

Electoral history

Election Political result Candidate Party Votes %
Iowa House of Representatives General Election, 2018 [26]
District 67
Turnout: 16,537
Republican hold Ashley HinsonRepublican8,59352.0%
Eric Gjerde Democratic7,93248.0%
Write-in votes 120.1%
Iowa House of Representatives General Election, 2016 [27]
District 67
Turnout: 17,997
Republican hold Ashley HinsonRepublican11,24862.50%
Mark Seidl Democratic6,74937.50%
2020 Election for U.S. Representative of Iowa's 1st Congressional District
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Ashley Hinson 212,088 51.2
Democratic Abby Finkenauer (incumbent) 201,347 48.7
Write-in 434 0.1
2022 Election for U.S. Representative of Iowa's 2nd Congressional District
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Ashley Hinson (incumbent) 172,181 54.1
Democratic Liz Mathis 145,940 45.8
Write-in 278 0.1

Personal life

Hinson is a resident of Marion, Iowa. She is married with two children.[28] Hinson’s husband’s company received $143,043.18 in PPP loans that were subsequently forgiven. She is against student loan forgiveness.

Hinson is a Protestant.[29]

See also


  1. ^ "Representative Ashley Hinson". Retrieved December 30, 2020.
  2. ^ a b Stabile, Angelica (November 9, 2020). "13 GOP women join the House, dominating congressional elections, making history". FOX News. Retrieved November 23, 2020.
  3. ^ "Alumni: Ashley Hinson". Annenberg TV News. Retrieved January 20, 2019.
  4. ^ "Representative Ashley Elizabeth Hinson (Ashley) (R-Iowa, 1st) - Biography from LegiStorm". Retrieved March 17, 2021.
  5. ^ Carros, Adam (January 18, 2019). "Rep. Hinson considering run for Congress". KCRG-TV9. Retrieved January 20, 2019.
  6. ^ "2016 Canvass Summary" (PDF). Retrieved July 29, 2023.
  7. ^ a b Rynard, Pat (May 13, 2019). "Ashley Hinson Files For 1st District Run Against Abby Finkenauer". Iowa Starting Line. Retrieved June 9, 2020.
  8. ^ "Ashley Hinson". Ballotpedia. Retrieved June 9, 2020.
  9. ^ "Gjerde and Hinson attack one another's record in TV ads". November 2, 2018. Retrieved August 26, 2020.
  10. ^ "Ashley Hinson, Abby Finkenauer raise $3 million in 2019 for Iowa's 1st District race". The Gazette. January 8, 2020. Retrieved June 9, 2020.
  11. ^ "Hinson Turns in More Than Four Times the Required Signatures to be on the Ballot". February 25, 2020. Retrieved August 26, 2020.
  12. ^ KCRG News Staff (June 3, 2020). "Hinson wins 1st District Republican nomination, will face Finkenauer". Retrieved June 3, 2020.
  13. ^ "Top Democrats Send Letter on Possible Foreign Meddling in November Election". The New York Times. July 20, 2020. Retrieved April 23, 2021.
  14. ^ "'I violated your trust': Ashley Hinson apologizes for plagiarism". KCCI. July 26, 2020. Retrieved April 23, 2021.
  15. ^ Gruber-Miller, Stephen (November 2, 2020). "Republican Ashley Hinson unseats U.S. Rep. Abby Finkenauer in Iowa's 1st District". Des Moines Register. Retrieved April 23, 2021.
  16. ^ Staff, Iowa's News Now (October 29, 2021). "Ashley Hinson announces run for re-election of Iowa's new 2nd Congressional District". KTVO. Retrieved January 1, 2022.
  17. ^ Barton, Tom (November 9, 2022). "Ashley Hinson elected to second term in Congress". Globe Gazette. Retrieved December 2, 2022.
  18. ^ Carl Hulse (March 6, 2021). "After Stimulus Victory in Senate, Reality Sinks in: Bipartisanship Is Dead". New York Times.
  19. ^ Schnell, Mychael (July 19, 2022). "These are the 47 House Republicans who voted for a bill protecting marriage equality". The Hill. Retrieved July 25, 2022.
  20. ^ "House passes antitrust bill that hikes M&A fees as larger efforts targeting tech have stalled". CNBC. September 29, 2022.
  21. ^ "H.R. 3843: Merger Filing Fee Modernization Act of 2022 -- House Vote #460 -- Sep 29, 2022".
  22. ^ Washington, U. S. Capitol Room H154; p:225-7000, DC 20515-6601 (November 5, 2021). "Roll Call 369 Roll Call 369, Bill Number: H. R. 3684, 117th Congress, 1st Session". Office of the Clerk, U.S. House of Representatives. Retrieved February 16, 2023.((cite web)): CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  23. ^ "Ashley Hinson 'open' to raising Social Security retirement age". Retrieved February 16, 2023.
  24. ^ "Ashley Hinson". Clerk of the United States House of Representatives. Retrieved June 26, 2023.
  25. ^ "Membership". Republican Study Committee. December 6, 2017. Retrieved March 28, 2021.
  26. ^ "Official Results". Iowa Secretary of State. Retrieved January 20, 2019.
  27. ^ "2016 General Election Canvass Summary" (PDF). Iowa Secretary of State. p. 131. Retrieved January 20, 2019.
  28. ^ "About". Representative Ashley Hinson. January 3, 2021. Retrieved January 1, 2022.
  29. ^ Religious affiliation of members of 118th Congress (PDF) (Report). Pew Research Center. January 3, 2023. Retrieved April 8, 2023.