Mathis to run against Hinson in IA-1


Democratic State Sen. Liz Mathis announced last Tuesday she will challenge U.S. Rep. Ashley Hinson for the 1st District House seat in 2022.

“It’s clear Iowans want leaders who care about fairness, honesty, and putting service ahead of politics. That is why I am running,” Mathis said in a tweet announcing her candidacy.

Mathis was elected to the Iowa Senate in a 2011 special election in a district representing Marion and Hiawatha. Before that, she worked as a television journalist for KWWL-TV in Waterloo and KCRG-TV in Cedar Rapids, where Hinson and Mathis were coworkers.

Hinson defeated one-term incumbent Rep. Abby Finkenauer in 2020, flipping the seat. She has not formally announced a reelection bid but is expected to run for a second term. Finkenauer meanwhile, has announced she will challenge U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley in 2022.