Hinson wins another term in U.S. House

By: - November 9, 2022 12:17 am

Republican U.S. Rep. Ashley Hinson won a second term in Congress Tuesday, beating her Democratic challenger, State Sen. Liz Mathis. (Photo courtesy of Rep. Hinson's office)

Republican U.S. Rep. Ashley Hinson won a second term in Congress Tuesday, beating her Democratic challenger, State Sen. Liz Mathis.

Hinson led the race with 57% of the vote when the Associated Press declared her the winner in the race to represent Iowa’s 2nd District. At the time, 75% of the vote had been counted.

Hinson won her first campaign for the House in 2020 when she defeated one-term incumbent Rep. Abby Finkenauer, flipping the seat from Democratic to Republican.

Hinson serves on the House Committees on Appropriations and Budget. Before her election to the U.S. House, Hinson served in the Iowa House from 2017 through 2020 and was the first woman to represent her district.

She and Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks, who won Tuesday in her bid for reelection in Iowa’s 1st Congressional District, are the first Republican women elected to represent Iowa in the U.S. House.

According to OpenSecrets, Hinson raised $6.7 million and spent more than $5.9 million on the 2022 campaign, as of Oct. 19. Mathis raised almost $4 million and spent about $3.3 million.

Hinson is a conservative for whom Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas campaigned this year and is a vocal supporter of former President Donald Trump. Responding to shouts from a Trump supporter at one of her August campaign rallies, Hinson said, “We love President Trump, don’t we?”

Mathis was elected to the Iowa Senate in a 2011 special election. Before that, she worked as a television journalist for KWWL-TV in Waterloo and KCRG-TV in Cedar Rapids, where she and Hinson were coworkers. Mathis has served in the Iowa Senate since 2011 and served on the Senate’s agriculture and appropriations committees.

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Clark Kauffman
Clark Kauffman

Deputy Editor Clark Kauffman has worked during the past 30 years as both an investigative reporter and editorial writer at two of Iowa’s largest newspapers, the Des Moines Register and the Quad-City Times. He has won numerous state and national awards for reporting and editorial writing. His 2004 series on prosecutorial misconduct in Iowa was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting. From October 2018 through November 2019, Kauffman was an assistant ombudsman for the Iowa Office of Ombudsman, an agency that investigates citizens’ complaints of wrongdoing within state and local government agencies.