Candidate Details

Cindy Axne

House - Incumbent

Congresswoman Cindy Axne represents Iowa’s Third Congressional District and is one of the first woman elected to represent Iowa in the House of Representatives, along with Rep. Abby Finkenauer (IA-1). Rep. Axne is a fifth-generation Iowan and a digital design business owner. Following her graduation from the University of Iowa, Rep. Axne worked in strategic planning for the Tribune Company in Chicago and earned an MBA from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University. From 2005 through 2014, she worked for the State of Iowa to help over twenty different agencies deliver services more efficiently. Rep. Axne defeated the Republican incumbent by 2 points in this Obama–Trump-voting district. In Congress, she sits on the Committee on Financial Services and the Committee on Agriculture.

Rep. Axne believes that a two-state solution is critical to achieving lasting stability in the region, and she is committed to ensuring that Israel and the Palestinians have the support they need from the United States to aid in diplomatic discussions. This includes fully funding US aid to Israel in accordance with the 2016 Memorandum of Understanding and continuing to provide US aid to the Palestinian Authority. Now that the United States has violated the Iran nuclear agreement, Rep. Axne plans to use her time in Congress to prioritize further diplomatic approaches to resolving the Iranian nuclear threat. She understands that reneging on deals makes negotiations more difficult, and she will fight to avoid an unnecessary war with Iran. She is a cosponsor of House Resolution 326, which reaffirms Congress’s commitment to two-state solution and opposes settlement expansion and annexation.