Cindy Axne

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Cindy Axne
Axne Official Portrait.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Iowa's 3rd district
Assumed office
January 3, 2019
Preceded byDavid Young
Personal details
Cynthia Lynne Wadle

(1965-04-20) April 20, 1965 (age 53)
Grand Rapids, Michigan, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
ResidenceWest Des Moines, Iowa
EducationUniversity of Iowa (BA)
Northwestern University (MBA)
WebsiteHouse website

Cynthia Lynne Axne (née Wadle, April 20, 1965) is an American businesswoman and politician serving as the U.S. Representative for Iowa's 3rd congressional district since 2019. Her district is anchored in the state capital, Des Moines, and serves much of the state's southwest quadrant, including Council Bluffs. She is a member of the Democratic Party.

Early life and career[edit]

Axne was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1965, the daughter of Terry and Joanne Wadle.[1][2] She graduated from Valley High School in West Des Moines, Iowa. She earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Iowa and a Master of Business Administration from Northwestern University.[3]

After graduating from college, Axne worked in leadership development and strategic planning for the Tribune Company in Chicago. From 2005 through 2014, she worked in the Government of Iowa on service delivery in over 20 state agencies in the executive branch.[3]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

During the 2018 elections, Axne ran for the United States House of Representatives in Iowa's 3rd congressional district.[4][5] Axne won the primary election and faced incumbent David Young in the general election.[6] She defeated Young and became the first woman from Iowa elected to the U.S. House of Representatives along with Abby Finkenauer.[7]

Axne took office amid the 2019 government Shutdown Axne is withholding her federal paycheck until every federal worker is paid, this just coming after it became the longest government shutdown in history [8]

Personal life[edit]

Axne and her husband, John, currently operate a digital design firm. They have two teenage sons and live in West Des Moines.[3] Axne and her family are members of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in West Des Moines.

Electoral history[edit]

2018 Democratic primary results[9]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Cindy Axne 32,070 57.91
Democratic Eddie J. Mauro 14,582 26.33
Democratic Pete D'Alessandro 8,595 15.52
Democratic Write-ins 136 0.25
Total votes 55,383 100

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Candidate Conversation - Cindy Axne (D)". Inside Elections with Nathan L. Gonzales. August 31, 2018.
  2. ^ Cindy Axne With Parents Terry and Joanne Wadle
  3. ^ a b c "Three takeaways on Cindy Axne, 3rd District Democrat running for Congress". The Des Moines Register. May 1, 2018. Retrieved October 21, 2018.
  4. ^ Mike Brownlee (June 2, 2017). "Democrat Cindy Axne looking to unseat David Young in Iowa congressional race | Politics". Omaha World-Herald. Retrieved October 21, 2018.
  5. ^ William Petroski (May 26, 2018). "What are the key issues for Cindy Axne, Democratic candidate for the 3rd District?". The Des Moines Register.
  6. ^ "Iowa's 3rd District: Cindy Axne wins primary, will vie against GOP Rep. David Young". The Des Moines Register. Retrieved October 21, 2018.
  7. ^ "Iowa voters elect female governor, 2 female U.S. representatives, record number of female lawmakers". Des Moines Register. Retrieved 2018-11-14.
  8. ^ Peterson, Mike. "Axne axes salary during shutdown". Retrieved 2019-01-13.
  9. ^ "Election Night Reporting". Retrieved August 29, 2018.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
David Young
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Iowa's 3rd congressional district

U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Kelly Armstrong
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Jim Baird