Iowa women break political ground in 2018

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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- History is just over a month away as Iowa's first two women will be sworn into the U.S House of Representatives.

Congresswoman-elect Abby Finkenauer (D-IA) and Congresswoman-elect Cindy Axne (D-IA) will defeated Rep. Rod Blum (R-IA) and Rep. David Young (R-IA) respectively.

Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) said, “It speaks to the voters of those districts that they obviously wanted to see something different, and what they presented to the voters obviously resonated.”

Ernst was the first woman from Iowa elected to serve in federal office when she won her U.S. Senate seat in 2014.

Senate Republicans are elevating Ernst to their party's leadership team, making her the first woman to hold a role since 2010.

She said, “Looking at the elections and the outcome of the elections again why it’s so important that I move onto the leadership team.”

Governor Kim Reynolds (R-IA) also made history. After finishing out former governor Terry Branstad's term, Reynolds became the first woman elected to a full term as Iowa's top official.

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