Feenstra wins reelection in Iowa’s 4th District

By: - November 8, 2022 10:23 pm

Republican Rep. Randy Feenstra was the projected winner in Iowa's 4th Congressional District, according to the Associated Press. (Photo by Jared Strong/Iowa Capital Dispatch)

Rep. Randy Feenstra has won a second term in the U.S. House of Representatives with 67.4% of the vote over Democratic challenger Ryan Melton, based on unofficial results. 

With 99% of precincts reporting Wednesday, Melton had 30.4% of the vote and Liberty Caucus candidate Bryan Jack Holder had 2.2%. The Associated Press called the race for Feenstra just after 10 p.m. Tuesday.

By Nov. 8, the district had received 78,126 absentee ballots, with 34,394 from registered Republican voters. 

Feenstra will continue to represent Iowa’s newly drawn 4th District in the northwestern portion of the state. He unseated former Rep. Steve King in the 2020 Republican primary and went on to beat Democratic challenger J.D. Scholten in November’s general election by more than 28 percentage points.  

The Democrat to hold the 4th District seat was Neal Smith from 1973 until 1995. 

Sen. Joni Ernst tweeted she’s looking forward to having Feenstra back in Washington for another two-year term. 

The 53-year-old congressman resides in Hull, Iowa, in Sioux County where he was born and raised. He currently serves on the House Agriculture Committee, the Budget Committee, and as ranking member on the Research and Technology Subcommittee in the U.S. House. He previously served three terms in the Iowa Senate. 

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Eleanor Hildebrandt
Eleanor Hildebrandt

Eleanor Hildebrandt is a senior at the University of Iowa majoring in journalism and mass communication and global health studies, with a minor in German. She is a managing editor at the university newspaper, the Daily Iowan, and has served as an reporter intern at Iowa Capital Dispatch.