OTTUMWA, Iowa – U.S. House Republican Whip Steve Scalise announced his support today for State Senator Mariannette Miller-Meeks’ bid for Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District seat.

The endorsement by Scalise, the second-highest-ranking leader in the House Republican leadership, follows an endorsement from House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., three weeks ago.

Scalise, who was critically wounded on June 14, 2017, when a gunman opened fire at a congressional baseball practice, was saved by a heroic response from U.S. Capitol Police Special Agents and Alexandria Police Officers. 

The Miller-Meeks campaign states that Scalise is a known advocate for fiscal discipline, lower taxes, a robust national defense, and conservative values.

“Mariannette Miller-Meeks stands for the same principles and values that are so important to me. She has served in the U.S. Army and Reserves in defense of our country. She believes in fiscal discipline, an energy-independent America, and she has a 100-percent pro-life voting record,” Scalise said. “She’s a fighter who understands the priorities of her district’s people – good-paying jobs, fair and free trade, affordable and accessible health care, and infrastructure that makes the economy work – and she’ll work them day in and day out. That’s the ideal member of Congress in my book.”

However, Miller-Meeks has not received an endorsement from any national or state pro-life organization and identified herself as “pro-choice” while running for Iowa Senate in 2018.

Her campaign said she misspoke and that her voting record in the Iowa Senate is what counts.

Miller-Meeks, an Army veteran, ophthalmologist, and state senator from Ottumwa, seeks the seat being vacated by seven-term Rep. Dave Loebsack, an Iowa City Democrat. Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District is rated as a “toss-up,” according to national political forecasters. It’s the country’s only open Democrat-held district that President Trump carried in 2016. Recently, The Des Moines Register Iowa Poll showed a generic Republican leading a generic Democrat by 8 percent in the district.

“Steve Scalise’s courage, resilience, and optimism are an inspiration to millions of Americans. I’m honored to have a person of his grit, integrity, and leadership supporting my candidacy,” Miller-Meeks said. “He knows, as Leader McCarthy does, that I’ll never quit fighting for conservative principles, I’ll never give up on the people of Iowa, and that starts by giving the upcoming race everything I have to put the Second District back in the GOP column and restore the Republican majority in the House.”

You May Also Like

Steve King: Iowans in the 4th District Have Rejected Obama’s Failed Agenda

(AMES) – Congressman Steve King (R-Kiron) today released the following statement regarding…

Iowa Right to Life Re-Launches PAC

Iowa Right to Life launched a new state political action committee on Tuesday that will enable them to more active in the 2014 Iowa House & Senate races.

Carly Fiorina: Ted Cruz Is a Fearless Fighter for Our Constitutional Rights

Former Hewlett Packard CEO and Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina endorsed U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) for President.

Over 100,000 Iowans Tested For COVID-19

The Iowa Department of Public Health reports a total of 103,148 Iowans were tested for COVID-19 for a per capita rate of one in every 31 Iowans.