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Abby Finkenauer wins Murphy's Iowa House seat

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

Abby Finkenauer (D), 25, started her political career nearly a decade ago as a page for then U.S. House Representative Jim Nussle.  And Tuesday, she became the new representative-elect for Iowa's 99th district.

She'll be taking over the seat vacated by Pat Murphy, who he made a failed bid for the U.S. Congress.  It's a small world kind of situation, too, as she was a page for Murphy when he was Speaker of the House.

Finkenauer's win comes on a tough night for Democrats.  They lost seats in virtually every race, but that doesn't have her phased.

"I may be a little more spread out than I normally would...but I'm excited to get there and get to work," she said.

She says her experience working in the Capitol for so long will pay off.

"You know, it's kind of like starting in the mailroom and working your way up and paying your dues," she said. "I've done that at the state level, and I feel like that gives me a unique perspective. And you learn to really treat everyone there with respect."

She also believes working at the state level will give her a better opportunity to affect real change.

"We definitely work more bi-partisanly at the state level than we do at the federal level, which is part of the reason I'm excited to be working at the state level. We work together more, which is what Iowans do: we work together."

Finkenauer says she hopes to be on the ways and means, transportation and natural resources committees because those three show up in a big way in Dubuque.

But for now, she's going to relax a bit before she gears up for her first term in office, representing the 99th district.

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