Cindy Axne has represented Iowa’s 3rd district since 2018. She ran unopposed in the June 7 primary.
Axne has Democratic values on key issues, but she also knows the people of her district. Axne was named Iowa’s most bipartisan member of the U.S. House of Representatives for her work during the 116th Congress. In Iowa, such working across the aisle has great appeal.
Undoubtedly, it helped her defeat incumbent Republican David Young in 2018 and again in 2020. This time around, Axne is facing a challenge from State Senator Zach Nunn, an avid gun rights supporter and man who mourns the loss of Rush Limbaugh.
So far, Axne is has strong financial support, having raised more than $3 million for her campaign before the June 7 primary while Nunn raised less than $900,000.
But redistricting has made Axne’s road more difficult, adding nine Trump-backing counties to the 3rd district.
Axne understands what’s at stake in her re-election as well as what forces are rallying for and against her.
ON THE ISSUES
Axne’s top priority is putting Iowa families to work in good-paying jobs. Her focus is on raising wages, protecting unions, addressing unfair trade deals that put workers at risk, and promoting Main Street over Wall Street.
She is working to maintain and improve the Affordable Care Act, lowering prescription drug prices, increase funding for mental health facilities, and stop House Republicans from allowing the return of lifetime limits and pre-existing condition restrictions.
Axne is pro-choice. She a cosponsor the Women’s Healthcare Protection Act, and the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act.
In Congress, Axne has supported the U.S. re-entry into the Paris Climate Accord and is cosponsoring legislation to increase funding for wind energy research and land and water conservation, as well as creating a National Climate Bank.
When she talks about policy, Axne says, “Take these big things and bring it down to that one individual. If that mom’s not sitting in the audience, put that mom in your head.” Her approach is to level with voters. “Even if it’s not the answer everybody wants right now, give them the answer that you know.”
Axne is a fifth-generation Iowan who grew up on the south side of Des Moines. She received a bachelor’s in journalism from the University of Iowa, then worked in strategic planning and leadership development for the Tribune Company in Chicago while earning an MBA from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University.
She and her husband, John, later moved to Wisconsin, where they started a small business. When their sons were 3 and 1, they moved back to Iowa to raise their family in her hometown. Axne is a small business owner who runs a digital design firm.