MARION, Iowa – State Rep. Ashley Hinson, Republican candidate for Congress in Iowa’s 1st Congressional District, announced her campaign’s county chairs on Tuesday. The county chairs play an essential leadership role as Hinson for Congress organizes and mobilizes volunteers across the First District. 

Hinson for Congress has previously announced legislative endorsements and a grassroots organization of more than 450 volunteers over the past month. Hinson’s campaign states they now have more than 500 volunteers engaged in the campaign resulting in more than 60,000 volunteer phone calls. 

“Our campaign’s biggest strength is the people who actively support it,” said Hinson. “We continue to build a massive grassroots effort to spread our message of sending Iowa commonsense to Washington in every town and county in the 1st District. I will continue to work every day to recruit new volunteers and coalition members to our team from every walk of life.” 

“Ashley Hinson is an Iowan. She has spent more than a decade working, living and raising her family in Linn County. From her time on KCRG, to her service as a state representative, she has been deeply committed to doing everything she can to help our community. I’m proud to be on Team Hinson and working with Ashley to send a servant leader to Washington on our behalf,” Kathy Pearson, Linn County Chair, said.

“Ashley understands the importance of rural Iowa and cares deeply about our farmers. She is everywhere and most importantly, she listens. I’m proud to have been a day one supporter and am going to continue doing everything I can to deliver her a big victory in Clayton County.” Doug Reimer, Clayton County Chair, stated. 

“As a small business owner and farmer, I appreciate Ashley’s no nonsense appeal and how she works with all of her constituents in her District and doesn’t just follow the party line. She takes time to listen, ask questions, and provide actions for those she represents. She is a public servant in the truest sense. It’s why I have decided to support her in her bid to be the representative for all of Iowa’s 1st District.” Monica McHugh, Jackson County Chair, added.

County Chairs 

  • Allamakee: Kermit Miller
  • Benton: Tim Busch
  • Black Hawk: Major General Even Curly Hultman
  • Bremer: Jason Scanlan
  • Buchanan: Renita Wieland
  • Clayton: Doug Reimer
  • Delaware: Jeff Madlom
  • Dubuque: Paul Kurt
  • Fayette: Mark Putney
  • Howard: John Gehling
  • Iowa: Sylvia Erb
  • Jackson: Monica J. McHugh
  • Jones: Former State Senator Julie Hosch
  • Linn: Kathy Pearson
  • Marshall: Jarrett Heil
  • Mitchell: Josh Byrnes
  • Poweshiek: Diana Hansen
  • Tama: Danielle Hardon
  • Winneshiek: Christy Bouska
  • Worth: Ron Davidson

National political forecasters believe Iowa’s 1st Congressional District will be one of the most competitive races in 2020. The Cook Political Report has rated the race as a “Toss Up.”

Hinson’s financial supporters include Ernst Victory Iowa PAC (U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst), Majority Committee PAC (House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy), Eye of the Tiger PAC (U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise), Cowboy PAC (U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney), E-PAC (U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik), CMR PAC (U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris-Rodgers), Susan PAC (Rep. Susan Brooks), Cut the Bull PAC (U.S. Rep. Carol Miller), Martha PAC (U.S. Rep. Martha Roby), The Freedom Project (Former House Speaker John Boehner), ANN PAC (U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner) and VIEW PAC.

Hinson has a record of winning tough elections. She won in 2018 in a swing district to help hold the Iowa House majority and outperformed the Republican ticket by 5-8 points across House District 67. She won 9 of 13 precincts in House District 67 despite Democratic outside groups outspending Republican outside groups. 

An Iowa native, Hinson is the first woman to represent Iowa’s 67th House District, which covers Hiawatha, Robins, Cedar Rapids, and Marion. Before serving in the Iowa House, Ashley was an award-winning reporter and anchor for KCRG-TV9 in Cedar Rapids. Ashley currently lives in Marion with her husband, Matt, and their two sons.

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