Abby Finkenauer grew up a daughter of a Union Pipefitter Welder and a 17-year Dubuque Community Schools employee. She was taught at a very early age that in a working class household, you must say,”Yes,” to every opportunity and when there was work to be done, you do it. Her late grandfather, a Dubuque Lt. Firefighter, instilled the importance of public service and giving back to the community. These values lead Finkenauer to be chosen as a Congressional Page for the US House of Representatives at the age of 16.
She then graduated from Hempstead High School and became Speaker’s Page for the Iowa House of Representatives in 2007. She sat next to then Speaker Pat Murphy as Iowa raised the minimum wage and added sexual orientation to the Iowa Civil Rights Act. Through this experience she became aware of the value of state government and stayed involved in the process as she went on to work as the State of Iowa Volunteer Coordinator for VP Biden’s presidential campaign in 2007 and later graduated from Drake University.
The last few years, Finkenauer was a legislative assistant in the Iowa House for Representative Todd Taylor. She currently works for the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque and is actively involved in various community programs. Finkenauer has been endorsed by AFSCME Council 61, Plumbers & Pipefitters 125, and Dubuque Building and Construction Trades Council consisting of representation from 18 labor unions. She believes that it is imperative to the future of Dubuque and Iowa to actively engage and retrain it’s young people while striving to combat inequality through supporting Iowa’s education system and it’s labor force.