B.A., Dordt University; MPA, Iowa State University
KEY HEALTH LINK
Feenstra has prior experience as a volunteer EMT in northwest Iowa before entering politics.
Iowa State Senator (2nd district), 2009-2020; Treasurer of Sioux County, 2006-2008; City Administrator of Hull, IA, 2000-2006
2020 ELECTION CONTEXT
Feenstra decided to challenge Rep. Steve King in 2018 after inflammatory comments caused King to be stripped of his committee assignments. With the backing of GOP leadership, Feenstra received 45.7% of the vote in the primary, while the incumbent King received only 36%.
Steve King (R), defeated in primary
MOST RECENT PROFESSION
Iowa State Senator (2nd district), 2009-2020
Before entering public service, Feenstra led a regional sales team for The Foreign Candy Company and taught business at Dordt University. He also worked at an insurance company. In the Iowa Senate, Feenstra served on the Capital Projects, Fiscal, Tax Expenditure, Transportation and State Government Committees as well as chaired the Ways and Means Committee. While serving in the Iowa Senate, Feenstra worked for ISB Insurance and served as a faculty member of Dordt University, his alma mater.
On The Issues
Feenstra supports funds for rapid COVID-19 testing for schools and workplaces. He does not support a federal COVID-19 mandate that closes schools or requires face masks.
Feenstra wants ACA repealed and replaced. He endorses a free market approach to health care, opposing a government "takeover" of care. He supports protecting people with pre-existing conditions while eliminating the ACA. Feenstra is in favor of eliminating third-party billing and hopes to increase competition and transparency together.
Feenstra supported the legalization of medicinal marijuana with restrictions but does not support legalization for recreational use.
MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTION
As state senator, Feenstra supported adding more psychiatric beds for mental health care in Iowa. Feenstra supported Senate Study Bill 1187, which allowed counties within a mental-health service region to equalize—but not significantly raise—their property tax levies which go toward mental health care.
Feenstra supports placing price caps on how much drugs can cost.
VETERANS HEALTH CARE
Feenstra is pro-life and supports defunding Planned Parenthood and passing a federal Heartbeat Bill. As state senator, Feenstra sponsored a bill to define life at conception. Feenstra introduced legislation in the IA Senate that would make female child genital mutilation a class "D" felony.
OTHER HEALTH CARE ISSUES
Feenstra says that patients who pay with cash should receive reduced health care costs.
DID YOU KNOW?
Feenstra started working at the age of 9 delivering newspapers and worked at a local bakery starting at 14.