Iowa Rep. Abby Finkenauer won her Democratic primary election Tuesday night, setting up another all-Dubuque battle for a seat in the U.S. Congress.

Finkenauer, of Dubuque, topped three other Democratic hopefuls to represent the party in the race for Iowa’s First Congressional District.

She will face two-term U.S. Rep. Rod Blum, R-Dubuque, in this fall’s general election. Blum was unopposed in the primary election.


Celebrating her victory with more than 60 supporters at The Smokestack in Dubuque, Finkenauer said she is ready to bring the concerns of the district to Washington, D.C.

“I am so proud of folks,” she said. “We worked really hard and engaged people all across this district. That’s what you saw tonight.”

Finkenauer, a two-term representative of District 99 in the Iowa House of Representatives, bested three opponents — former business executive and federal staffer Thomas Heckroth, of Cedar Falls; U.S. Army veteran George Ramsey, of Cedar Rapids, and Courtney Rowe, also of Cedar Rapids.

Finkenauer will square off against Blum in the general election Nov. 6.

Several polls have identified the race as a tossup. Blum, who has served two terms, is running in a district where active Democratic voters outnumber Republicans by more than 17,000.

“We’re ready to win in November,” Finkenauer said.

If elected, Finkenauer, 29, would be one of the youngest women elected to Congress. The current title is held by U.S. Rep, Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y.

Throughout the campaign, Finkenauer touted her political experience.

She ran on a platform that includes expanding workforce opportunities, reducing the cost of college, defending unions and supporting projects that foster clean-energy production.

Finkenauer also outraised her opponents, garnering $1.2 million in campaign contributions, according to her latest federal filings.

She captured endorsements from labor unions, prominent pro-choice political action committees, Vice President Joe Biden and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the official fundraising arm for House Democrats.