Monica Vernon (D-IA-01)

Monica Vernon

Monica Vernon is challenging Republican incumbent U. S. Representative Rod Blum in Iowa’s 1st Congressional District race.

Background and Achievements

First elected to a political office in 2007, Monica Vernon has served for eight years on the Cedar Rapids City Council and six years as Mayor Pro Tempore.  Vernon spearheaded recovery initiatives in Cedar Rapids after the disastrous flood of 2008.  By raising $1.7 million to build a homeless shelter for women and children, she provided security and resources for marginalized members of the community. Her platform address job-creation, economic development, civil and human rights, affordable housing, diversity and inclusion, and public education. An entrepreneur and leader in her community, Vernon built her own small business Vernon Research Group and served as the community relations director for Mount Mercy University. She received her BA and MBA from the University of Iowa and went on to teach young Iowians at her alma mater as an adjunct faculty member.


Positions on Key Issues

  • Committed to protecting women’s access to healthcare and reproductive rights
  • Advocates for improving education, supporting our veterans, expanding marriage equality and tackling climate change

Prospects & Opponents

Vernon faces two weak, under-funded primary male Democratic candidates as well as Blum in the general race.  The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has placed this race on its Red to Blue List.


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