|U.S. Representative from Iowa's 3rd Congressional District|
From: January 3, 2019 – present
||Incumbent (no successor)
Cynthia Lynne "Cindy" Axne (born April 20, 1965) is a businesswoman and partisan Democrat currently serving as the U.S. representative from Iowa's 3rd congressional district.
U.S. House of Representatives
2018 election in Iowa's 3rd district
Axne was elected in 2018 during a blue wave, defeating Republican then-incumbent David Young by just over 2% of the vote.
Axne has been deceptively portrayed as much more “moderate” than she actually is, such as her own House website calling her a “moderate Democrat” and asserting that she wants to “do more than impeach the president.” Politico has also concurred the narrative that Axne is supposedly a “moderate Democrat”. In addition, a 2019 report card by GovTrack absurdly ranked Axne as the 7th most conservative member out of all House Democrats, even giving her a “0.50” rating between 0 and 1, with ‘0’ being the least conservative and ‘1’ being the most conservative. A chart ranking given for Axne by On the Issues has also been somewhat misleading, as the website's methodology ranks candidates as being more moderate if there is no information given for positions on certain issues. Since seven out of the twenty topics (35%) for Axne had “No opinion on” put in, Axne's left-wing positions were arguably under-represented in the chart.
Despite claims of being a “moderate Democrat”, Axne is endorsed by the extremely pro-abortion EMILY's List, has received a 100% rating from the Planned Parenthood Action Fund in 2019, a 62% rating from the ACLU, a 100% rating from the NEA, a 90% rating from Progressive Punch, and a 93% rating from the League of Conservation Voters.