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Rep. Abby Finkenauer

Representative for Iowa’s 1st District

pronounced A-bee // FINK-uh-now-er

Finkenauer is the representative for Iowa’s 1st congressional district (view map) and is a Democrat. She has served since Jan 3, 2019. Finkenauer is next up for reelection in 2020 and serves until Jan 3, 2021.

Voting Information

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Photo of Rep. Abby Finkenauer [D-IA1]


Legislative Metrics

Read our 2019 Report Card for Finkenauer.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Finkenauer is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Finkenauer has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2015 to Oct 20, 2020. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Planned Parenthood Action Fund: 100%

Committee Membership

Abby Finkenauer sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Finkenauer was the primary sponsor of 1 bill that was enacted:

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Does 1 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Finkenauer sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Commerce (30%) Transportation and Public Works (26%) Health (22%) Taxation (13%) Armed Forces and National Security (9%)

Recent Bills

Some of Finkenauer’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Finkenauer voted Nay

Passed 208/199 on May 15, 2020.

Finkenauer voted No

Finkenauer voted Yea

Finkenauer voted Aye

Passed 260/165 on Dec 11, 2019.

Finkenauer voted Yea

Missed Votes

From Jan 2019 to Oct 2020, Finkenauer missed 2 of 919 roll call votes, which is 0.2%. This is better than the median of 2.3% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: