WATERLOO, Iowa (KWWL) -- Former Iowa Democratic Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer is planning to run for Republican Senator Chuck Grassley’s Senate seat, according to a report from Politico.
Grassley, 87, has said he is still not sure if he will run for his 8th term in November, or if he will retire. Grassley has been in the U.S. Senate since his victory over incumbent Democrat John Culver, in the 1980 Iowa U.S. Senate race.
Should Grassley decide not to run again, the 2022 Iowa U.S. Senate race will quickly become one of the most important U.S. Senate races in races in the country.
Finkenauer is the second-youngest woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and is one of the first two women elected to represent Iowa in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Finkenauer served one term in the Iowa House of Representatives before she was elected to Congress in 2018.
In the 2020 election, she lost her bid for reelection to Republican Iowa House Representative Ashley Hinson, who won 51 percent to 49 percent.
This week, Finkenauer criticized Grassley on Twitter for not supporting the January 6th commission legislation that passed the House last week. Following the insurrection in January, she blamed Republicans, specifically Iowa Republicans, for the deadly riot.
In December 2020, it was reported that Finkenauer was being considered as a candidate for then-President-elect Joe Biden's Secretary of Labor, but that position would later be filled by Marty Walsh.
On Monday, May 24, Democratic farmer Dave Muhlbauer announced in a campaign video he was running for Grassley's seat.