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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Sunday, May 21, 2017 Contacts: 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. #             #             #

2016 A HISTORIC YEAR FOR WOMEN CANDIDATES IN IOWA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 26, 2016 Contact: 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. #                      #                      # 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
Sadler Bonnie Rep SD30 Blackhawk Jeff Danielson
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
Mossiman Mary Rep State Auditor
Reynolds Kim Rep State Lt. Governor
Ernst Joni Rep State U.S. Senate
Incumbents Not Running Again = 4
Berry Deborah Dem HD  62 Blackhawk
Dunkel Nancy Dem HD 57 Dubuque
Miller Linda Rep HD 94 Scott
Stutsman Sally Dem HD 77 Johnson
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)