Abby was elected to the Iowa State House when she was only 25 and served for two terms. She became known as a staunch defender of working families and small businesses, as well as a vocal advocate for women. Prior to this, she has worked for the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque, and served on the board of Greater Dubuque Development Corporation. She recently received the 2017 “Rising Star Award” from the Democratic Activist Women’s Network. In Congress, she serves as the Assistant Whip for the House Majority, as well as serving on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the Small Business Committee.
On healthcare . . .
“There are certain American values that should not be up for debate – in Iowa, in Washington, or anywhere else. Healthcare is a human right, and extending access to quality and affordable care to every American must be a top priority in Congress. It will certainly be one of mine, and I won’t be afraid to fight for universal health care – including a public option.”
On the environment . . .
“In Congress, I will always be a voice for common sense policies that protect our air and water, support the clean energy jobs of the future, and preserve Iowa’s climate so that our farming communities can still exist far into the future.”
Plans for the economy
“I’ll always fight for Iowans to have good jobs with fair wages they can rely on to support their families. We need to ensure that we’ve created the conditions for businesses to succeed here in Eastern Iowa, and that we’re constantly searching for opportunities to bring investment into our region. Too many of our communities have been left behind as our national economy changes. We need forward-thinking leadership that will position our region to preserve the jobs we have now and attract the jobs of the future.”
“We need to invest in our public schools to put our students on the path to a good job or college after graduation. That starts by expanding access to Pre-K, which jumpstarts learning and provides a solid foundation for a child to grow. And we must ensure that college is affordable for all Iowans, including relief for those burdened with student loan debt and greater transparency so that students understand what they’ll be paying for.”