2018 Election Results


Last night was a much-anticipated evening of elections, impacting control of all aspects of Iowa government from the Governor’s office to individual state legislative races. At the state level, much stayed the same, with Governor Reynolds defeating Fred Hubbell and Republicans maintaining control of the Iowa House and Iowa Senate. At the congressional level, the U.S. Congress changed to Democratic control while the U.S. Senate stays in Republican control.

Iowa’s credit unions actively participated in 75 legislative races across the state, with 91 percent of House candidates (62 of 68) and 57 percent of Senate candidates (4 of 7) supported by the Credit Union Political Action Committee (CUPAC) winning their elections. Click HERE to see the current list of State Representatives and Senators who won last evening. Note, there are a couple of close races where a re-count is possible. In addition to the state legislature, the Iowa Credit Union League (ICUL) was engaged in our congressional elections, with two of the three candidates we supported (Abby Finkenauer and Dave Loebsack) winning.  Please read below for more detail.


Governor Kim Reynolds won a close re-election over Fred Hubbell, 50%-47%.  ICUL provided CUPAC support to both candidates, but stronger support to Governor Reynolds.


Iowa Congressional District One: State Representative Abby Finkenauer (D – Dubuque) defeated incumbent Congressman Rod Blum (R – Dubuque), 51%-46%. ICUL supported Abby Finkenauer in this race.   

Iowa Congressional District Two: Congressman David Loebsack (D - Iowa City) was re-elected with 55% of the vote over Republican challenger Dr. Christopher Peters (R - Coralville).  ICUL supported Congressman Loebsack.

Iowa Congressional District Three: Congressman David Young (R - Van Meter) was defeated by Cindy Axne (D - Des Moines) in Iowa’s Third Congressional District, 49%-48%. ICUL supported Congressman Young in this race. However, we met with Cindy Axne over the summer and had a positive conversation we will build upon.

Iowa Congressional District Four: Congressman Steve King (R - Kiron) defeated challenger J.D. Scholten (D - Sioux City) by a margin of 50%-47%. ICUL did not support a candidate in this race.


Iowa House

As expected, there was a fierce battle for control of the Iowa House last evening. Going into the election, Republicans held a 59 to 41 lead in the House, with sixteen open seat races. Incumbent Representative and Veridian Credit Union Director Bob Kressig (D – Cedar Falls) was not opposed. At this point, it appears House Democrats picked up a net total of five seats, with Republicans’ new majority being 54-46 (this is still unofficial, as there could be a recount in at least one race, where Rep. Michael Bergan from the Decorah area won by only eight votes). Here are results of some of the closer races involving incumbent CUPAC-supported candidates:

  • State Representative Walt Rogers (R - Cedar Falls) was defeated by challenger Dave Williams by 229 votes.
  • State Representative Kevin Koester (R - Ankeny) lost to challenger Heather Matson, 51%-49%.
  • State Representative Charlie McConkey (D - Council Bluffs) was victorious over challenger LeAnn Hughes, 56%-44%.
  • State Representative Shannon Lundgren (R – Peosta) was victorious over challenger Nancy Fett, 55%-45%.
  • State Representative Tim Kacena (D – Sioux City) was successful over challenger Robert Henderson, 54%-46%.
  • State Representative Ashley Hinson (R – Cedar Rapids) was successful with 52% of the vote over challenger Eric Gjerde.
  • State Representative Peter Cownie (R – West Des Moines) was defeated by Kristin Sunde, 54%-46%.
  • Rep. Phil Miller (D – Fairfield) lost by 43 votes to challenger Jeff Shipley.

Iowa Senate

The Iowa Senate was the lesser anticipated of the two chambers, as it was expected the Senate Republicans would hold their majority. That was the case—and they actually expanded it to a 32-18 majority. Here are a few of the closer races:

  • Senate Majority Leader Jack Whitver (R – Ankeny) won in a close election over Amber Gustafson, 51%-49%.
  • Senator Rick Bertrand (R – Sioux City) lost to challenger Jackie Smith, 51%-49%.
  • Senator Amanda Ragan (D – Mason City) defeated Shannon Latham, 51%-49%.
  • Senator Tod Bowman (D – Maquoketa) lost to challenger Carrie Koelker, 54%-46%.
  • Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks defeated Democrat Mary Stewart in Senator Mark Chelgren’s open Ottumwa seat, 52%-48%.


The Iowa Legislature will convene on Monday, January 14. ICUL will be working with Governor Reynolds and all members of the Iowa House and Iowa Senate on issues important to credit unions. Later in November or early December, committee assignments will be finalized. Look for more advocacy communications from the League in the coming weeks.

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January 18, 2019 01/18/2019
Federal Update - December 2018 12/27/2018
2018 Election Results 11/07/2018

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