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U.S. Rep. Ashley Hinson released from hospital following kidney infection

By: - October 18, 2022 11:39 am

U.S. Rep. Ashley Hinson is an Iowa Republican from Marion. (Photo courtesy of Iowa Legislature)

U.S. Rep. Ashley Hinson was released from a Cedar Rapids hospital Tuesday morning after undergoing treatment for a kidney infection, her office announced Tuesday.

The representative was admitted Sunday evening to UnityPoint St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids, Chief of Staff Jimmy Peacock said in a statement Monday. She remained hospitalized overnight Monday for treatment, before her release the following morning.

“I am grateful to everyone who has sent thoughts and prayers over the last few days,” Hinson said in a statement Tuesday. “I am feeling much better, will continue resting at home, and look forward to getting out on the road to be with Iowans soon. The doctors and nurses at UnityPoint St. Luke’s Hospital have been incredible, and I want to thank each of them for their exceptional care.”

The Iowa Press debate scheduled between Hinson, a Republican and Democrat Liz Mathis, a state senator, for Oct. 18 has been canceled, Iowa PBS announced. There are no current plans to reschedule the debate between the two former KCRG-TV9 news anchors running in Iowa’s newly redrawn 2nd Congressional District, according to a news release. The campaigns were offered multiple dates to debate prior to the midterm elections, but none were mutually acceptable.

The two candidates debated at their former workplace, KCRG, earlier in October, in addition to a debate Saturday at KCCI. Hinson was on the campaign trail with U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz Saturday in Iowa Falls, as a part of the Texas Republican’s nationwide “Take Back America” tour supporting GOP candidates in the upcoming midterm elections.

Mathis and other Iowa candidates have tweeted well wishes for Hinson’s recovery.

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Robin Opsahl
Robin Opsahl

Robin Opsahl is an Iowa Capital Dispatch reporter covering the state Legislature and politics. Robin has experience covering government, elections and more at media organizations including Roll Call, the Sacramento Bee and the Wausau Daily Herald, in addition to working on multimedia projects, newsletters and visualizations. They were a political reporter for the Des Moines Register covering the Iowa caucuses leading up to the 2020 presidential election, assisting with the Register's Iowa Poll, and reporting on Iowa's 4th District elections.

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