About the state
U.S. House Delegation
While Iowa has drifted towards Republicans in recent years, Democrats have still managed to win some key races, including three of the state's four congressional districts in 2018. This November, winning in Iowa can help Democrats protect their majority in the U.S. House.
Our primary objective in Iowa is to win the state's competitive congressional election in IA-03.
What's at stake
Infrastructure. Iowa has the most structurally-deficient bridges of any state. The designation doesn’t necessarily imply imminent danger for the state’s bridges, but Iowa’s 4,571 structurally deficient bridges will benefit from $5 billiion in federal funding for the state’s infrastructure over the next five years. The aid from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will be especially helpful for Iowa’s rural counties, where managing bridge maintenance can be fiscally and organizationally challenging.
Education. Iowa Republicans want to gut funding for K-12. Gov. Kim Reynolds has vowed to work with the state’s Republican-controlled General Assembly to “put parents in charge” of their child’s education. Proposed policies include diverting funding from public schools to cover tuition for students who choose to attend private schools and requiring teachers to make full lesson plans and lists of library books available online.
Reproductive rights. A constitutional amendment banning abortion has passed an initial vote. In 2021, Republicans in the Iowa House and Senate approved an amendment to the Iowa Constitution that would remove protection of abortion rights and disallow public funding for abortions under Medicaid. If the General Assembly approves the amendment again in 2023 or 2024, it can be on the ballot for voters to decide whether it should pass in 2024.
What's at stake facts updated January, 2024