* Note: The 106 number includes four female nonvoting House members, who represent the District of Columbia and U.S. territories.
OP ED from the 50-50 in 2020 Board of Directors
Released July 2018
As we head into the fall election, rumblings about “negative” campaigning have already begun. What do we mean by “negative’ tactics? Our bipartisan board of directors would like to share our perceptions on the subject with candidates from all parties, at every level.
Explaining how your policy on a particular issue differs from that of your opponent. This is a legitimate, in fact, necessary element of any campaign. Tell us what you stand for and how it is different from your opponent’s policy.
Painting a vision of the future. Tell us what you plan to do and why that will make our state better.
Working hard to connect with as many voters as you can. Explain your record. Tout your experience and your abilities without criticizing your opponent personally.
Launching personal attacks on your opponent. That practice should have been left behind in junior high (or as it’s now called, middle school).
Defining your opponent with derogatory labels and slogans. They are not informative and they insult the voters’ intelligence and sensibilities.
Demonizing your opponent. This practice only demeans the one doing it.
Taking words and phrases out of context and twisting their meanings. This practice should be beneath the dignity of honest candidates and parties. Manipulating your opponent’s visual image is a similar form of deceit.
We can have a hard-hitting, full-bore campaign on the issues without sinking into the muck of negative campaigning. Iowa voters are more than ready for a civil, respectful contest. We sincerely hope the candidates and their parties will deliver.
Signed: Jean Lloyd-Jones, Iowa City; Maggie Tinsman, Davenport; Charla Schmid, Red Oak; Mary Rae Bragg, Dubuque; Christine Louscher, Algona; Graciela “Tita” Coffman, Coralville; Cheryl Jahnel Erb, Charles City; Melissa Gesing, Des Moines; Courtney Greene, West Des Moines; Valerie Hennings, Sioux City; Doris Kelley, Cedar Falls; Libby Slappey, Cedar Rapids.
About 50-50 in2020
50-50 in 2020 is a nonpartisan organization whose goal is to recruit, train and mentor women candidates in sufficient numbers that by the year 2020, the centennial of women’s suffrage, women will hold 50 percent of the seats in the Iowa Legislature, 50 percent of the Iowa Congressional delegation, and the governor’s office.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 24, 2017
Maggie Tinsman, 563-359-3624
Jean Lloyd-Jones, 319-338-0695
50-50 in 2020 Exec. Dir. Mary Ellen Miller 515-783-6390
50-50 IN 2020 CELEBRATES IOWA’S FIRST WOMAN GOVERNOR
Leaders of 50-50 in 2020, Iowa’s only nonpartisan group working for election of women to the state’s legislative and state-wide elected offices, are celebrating Kim Reynolds’ succession to Iowa’s highest office.
Reynolds becomes the first woman to serve as Iowa governor with her swearing-in Wednesday morning at the state capitol. She takes over the office after serving six years as Iowa lieutenant governor under Terry Branstad, who leaves the governor’s office to become American ambassador to China.
“This is an historical day in the lives of Iowans,” said 50-50 in 2020 co-founder Maggie Tinsman, “one that has been dreamed of for nearly a century, ever since women got the right to vote. Our daughters will see the face of a woman in the governor’s office and realize that one day they, too, could be there.”
“We at 50-50 in 2020 are looking forward to presenting our Milestone Award to Kim Reynolds,” said 50-50 in 2020 co-founder Jean Lloyd-Jones. “It will mark the accomplishment of one of our organization’s goals, as we work to see women serving in half the seats in Iowa’s General Assembly, half the seats in Iowa’s congressional delegation and in the governor’s office.”
In 2015, 50-50 in 2020 presented its Milestone Award to Sen. Joni Ernst, the first woman to serve Iowa in the United States Senate. None of Iowa’s four congressional districts have ever been represented by a woman.
As a nonpartisan, issue-neutral initiative to recruit and elect women to state and federal office, 50-50 in 2020 is the only group of its kind in the United States. The goal is to achieve gender equity in Iowa by 2020, the 100th anniversary of the year American women acquired the right to vote. Women comprise about 52 percent of Iowa voters, but currently hold less than 23 percent of seats in Iowa’s General Assembly.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sunday, May 21, 2017
Mary Ellen Miller, Exec. Dir., 50-50 in 2020 (515) 783-6390
Jean Lloyd-Jones 319.466.3079 (h) or 319.930.2532 (m)
FORMER IOWA LT. GOV. JOY CORNING MOURNED BY 50-50 IN 2020
50-50 in 2020 is mourning their board member and friend, former Iowa Lt. Gov. Joy Corning, who died Saturday night.
Corning succumbed while in hospice care at her daughter’s residence in Urbandale.
Up until a few short months ago, Corning had maintained a schedule of volunteer activities that typified her life’s devotion to humanitarian causes.
“It was my great pleasure to work with Joy most recently as a member of the board of directors for 50-50 in 2020,” said 50-50 in 2020 co-founder Maggie Tinsman,” but she became a dear friend many years ago, even before we two served in the Iowa Senate together. She was the kind of person we all aspire to be: bright, wise, happy and totally involved in her community. Truly, we shall always remember this exceptional Iowa woman.”
“Iowa has lost a shining inspiration who demonstrated integrity, perseverance and a concern for the common good,” said Jean Lloyd- Jones, 50-50 in 2020’s co-founder who also served in the Iowa Legislature with Corning and Tinsman.
“Joy was proud to have served as lieutenant governor during Gov. Terry Branstad’s first terms, but she was always someone who showed regard for all Iowans, Democrats like me as well as her fellow Republicans. Her openness was a precious and treasured gift, just as Joy was herself.”
In 1985, Corning won a seat in the Iowa Senate and served until she was asked by Gov. Terry Branstad to join the Republican ticket as candidate for lieutenant governor in 1991. She served that term and another term after being reelected in 1995. She served as chair of the National Conference of Lieutenant Governors from 1996-1997.
Corning was one of the founding members of 50-50 in 2020, a bipartisan initiative created in 2010 to get more women elected into the Iowa Legislature, Iowa’s congressional delegation and the governor’s office. Women currently hold fewer than 23 percent of the Legislature’s seats, but now are represented in the U.S. Senate by Joni Ernst. Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds is in line to move into the governor’s seat when Branstad is confirmed as U.S. ambassador to China.
In addition to her support for gender equity, Corning was a major fundraiser for numerous causes, and served on the boards for such groups as the Des Moines Symphony, Iowa Women in Public Policy, Money and Politics, and Planned Parenthood of Greater Iowa. She was inducted into the Iowa Women’s Hall of Fame in 2004.
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2016 A HISTORIC YEAR FOR WOMEN CANDIDATES IN IOWA
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 26, 2016
50-50 in 2020 Exec. Dir. Mary Ellen Miller 515-783-6390
For a complete list of women running on the Iowa ballot for 2016, see below.
This November’s election in Iowa will be a milestone to celebrate regardless of who wins, according to 50-50 in 2020, the state-wide initiative to help elect more Iowa women to office.
For the first time in history, voters will have an opportunity to vote for women on every level of the state ballot.
Leaders of 50-50 in 2020, whose goal is to elect more women to Iowa’s Legislature, congressional offices and governor’s office, say that having women contend at every level sends a message to women throughout Iowa.
“For nearly 100 years, since women in America got the right to vote, female candidates have been the exception,” said Jean Lloyd-Jones, 50-50 co-founder and former state senator from Iowa City. “But in November not only will there be a woman running for president, Iowans will see a woman running for U.S. Senate, women running for U.S. House in two of the state’s four congressional districts and 58 women running for office in the Iowa House and Senate.”
Public acceptance of women running for office in Iowa is growing, contends Maggie Tinsman, 50-50 cofounder and former Iowa State senator from Bettendorf.
“Our job is nowhere near complete,” Tinsman said, acknowledging that even if all 59 legislative candidates were to win they would not be enough to balance the gender gap in Iowa’s 150-member General Assembly. “But the more females seen running for top-of-the-ballot office, the easier it becomes for people to see women as contenders, beginning with themselves.”
“Studies show that having more women involved in decision-making brings better problem-solving and better results – something we all want to see in our government as well as in society in general,” Tinsman said.
Established in 2010, 50-50 in 2020 is an issue-neutral, not-for-profit organization working to help women from all political parties and parts of the state to run for office. It is the only bipartisan, issue-neutral group in America working for election of women to political office. It is not a political action committee and does not endorse candidates.
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The following list documents all female legislators and candidates in Iowa as of August 22, 2016
|Non-Incumbents IA House = 28||November Opponent|
|Alarcon-Flory||Perla||Dem||HD6||Sioux City||Jim Carlin|
|Bloomingdale||Jane||Rep||HD 51||Worth County +||Tim Hejhal|
|Celsi||Claire||Dem||HD 42||West Des Moines||Peter Cownie|
|Childs-Smith||Sondra||Rep||HD 45||Story County||Beth Wessel-Kroeschell|
|Creason||Jan||Dem||HD 17||Hamilton County||Matt Windschiti|
|Denison||Paula||Dem||HD 75||Benton County||Dawn Pettengill|
|Donahue||Molly||Dem||HD 68||Cedar Rapids||Ken Rizer|
|Duncan||Deb||Dem||HD 47||Boone County +||Chip Baltimore|
|Duncan||Carrie||Dem||HD 84||Henry County||David Heaton|
|Eldrenkamp||Jeannine||Rep||HD 98||Clinton County||Mary Wolfe|
|Franklin||Mickie||Dem||HD 49||Nevada||Dave Deyoe|
|Fritz||Doris||Dem||HD 49||Butler County +||Pat Grassley|
|Fry||Jocelyn||Lib||HD 35||Des Moines||Ako Abdul-Samad|
|Hager||Kristi||Rep||HD 56||Waukon||Patti Ruff|
|Hinson||Ashley||Rep||HD 67||Linn County||Mark Seidl|
|Hoveland||Barbara||Rep||HD 53||Cerro Gordo County||Sharon Steckman|
|Huddleston||Sara||Dem||HD 11||Buena Vista Co||Gary Worthan|
|Huisinga||Nancy Paule||Dem||HD 08||Clarion||Terry Baxter|
|Kean||Jessica||Dem||HD 58||Jackson Co||Andy McKean|
|Konfrst||Jennifer||Dem||HD 43||Windsor Heights||Chris Hagenow|
|Lundgren||Shannon||Rep||HD 57||Dubuque||Tom Stecher|
|Matson||Heather||Dem||HD 38||Ankeny||Kevin Koester|
|Meyer||Theresa||Dem||HD 63||Blackhawk County +||Sandy Salmon|
|Morris||Maridith||Dem||HD 39||Johnston||Jake Highfill|
|Nielsen||Amy||Dem||HD 77||Johnson County||Royce Phillips|
|Phillips||Andrea||Dem||HD 37||Ankeny||John Landon|
|Stokes||Stacie||Rep||HD 52||Floyd County +||Todd Prichard|
|Taha||Sherrie||Dem||HD 48||Story County +||Robert Bacon|
|Incumbents IA House = 22|
|Anderson||Marti||Dem||HD 36||Des Moines||Scott Miller|
|Bennett||Liz||Dem||HD 65||Linn County||Harry Foster|
|Brown-Powers||Timi||Dem||HD 61||Black Hawk County||no opponent|
|Finkenauer||Abby||Dem||HD 99||Dubuque County||no opponent|
|Gaines||Ruth Ann||Dem||HD 32||Des Moines||no opponent|
|Gaskill||Mary||Dem||HD 81||Wapello County||no opponent|
|Hanusa||Mary Ann||Rep||HD 16||Pottawattamie County||no opponent|
|Heddens||Lisa||Dem||HD 46||Story County||no opponent|
|Jones||Megan Hess||Rep||HD 2||Clay County||no opponent|
|Lensing||Vicki||Dem||HD 85||Johnson County||no opponent|
|Mascher||Mary||Dem||HD 86||Johnson County||no opponent|
|Miller||Helen||Dem||HD 9||Webster County||Gary Waechter|
|Pettingill||Dawn||Rep||HD 75||Benton County||Paula G. Denison|
|Ruff||Patti||Dem||HD 56||Clayton County||Kristi Hager|
|Running-Marquardt||Kirstin||Dem||HD 69||Linn County||no opponent|
|Salmon||Sandy||Rep||HD 63||Black Hawk County||Teresa L. Meyer|
|Steckman||Sharon||Dem||HD 53||Cerro Gordo County||Barbara Hovland|
|Thede||Phyllis||Dem||HD 93||Scott County||Kurt Whalen|
|Upmeyer||Linda||Rep||HD 54||Cerro Gordo County||no opponent|
|Wessel-Kroeschell||Beth||Dem||HD45||Story County||Sondra Childs-Smith|
|Winckler||Cindy||Dem||HD 90||Scott County||no opponent|
|Wolfe||Mary||Dem||HD 98||Clinton County||Jeannine Eldrenkamp|
|Non-Incumbents IA Senate = 6|
|Bangert||Susan||Dem||SD 4||Algona||Dennis Guth|
|Gadelha||Renee||Rep||SD 34||Linn County||Liz Mathis|
|Hiekes||Jan||Dem||SD 28||Decorah||Michael Breitbach|
|Hikiji||Miyoko||Dem||SD 20||Urbandale||Brad Zaun|
|Smith||Ruth||Ind||SD 14||Wayne Count +||Amy Sinclair|
|Incumbents IA Senate = 5|
|Jochum||Pam||Dem||SD 50||Dubuque County||John Hulsizer Jr.|
|Mathis||Liz||Dem||SD 34||Linn County||Renee Gadelha|
|Petersen||Janet||Dem||SD 18||Polk County||no opponent|
|Sinclair||Amy||Rep||SD 14||Wayne County||no opponent|
|Wilhelm||Mary Jo||Dem||SD 26||Howard County||Wayne Brown|
|Non-Incumbents U.S. Congress = 4|
|Addy||Claudia||Ind||US House 3||Des Moines||David Young (I)|
|Judge||Patty||Dem||US Senate||Albia||Charles Grassley (I)|
|Vernon||Monica||Dem||US House 1||Cedar Rapids||Rod Blum (I)|
|Weaver||Kim||Dem||US House 4||NW Iowa||Steve King (I) 28, 861|
|Holdover Incumbents = 5|
|Hart||Rita||Dem||SD 49||Clinton County|
|Ragan||Amanda||Dem||SD 27||Carro Gordo County|
|Incumbents Not Running Again = 4|
|Non-Incumbents Totals: 28 House, 6 Senate, 4 Congress = 38|
|Incumbent Totals: 22 House, 5 Senate = 27|
|Total women running in November 2016 for state level offices: 65|
|(per SOS office August 20, 2016)|