A native Iowan, Ashley has served her home state in various capacities over the years.
She grew up in Des Moines, and after receiving her B.A. in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Southern California, she moved to the Cedar Rapids area to work and raise a family. She currently lives in Marion with her husband, Matt, who is a small business owner and their two sons, Max and Jax.
For nearly a decade, Ashley was an on-air reporter for KCRG-TV in Cedar Rapids. She traveled throughout the state to cover issues that mattered to Iowans and tell their stories on air. During her time as a reporter she won multiple accolades, including two Midwest regional Emmy awards and recognition as both a RTDNA Health Reporting Fellow and a Waypoint Tribute to Women Honoree.
Her reporting career inspired her to serve Iowans in a different way-- by running for a seat in the Iowa State House. In 2017, she became the first woman to represent Iowa’s 67th district, which includes Hiawatha, Robins, Cedar Rapids and Marion. During her tenure, she was a fierce advocate for taxpayers, helping to cut taxes and reign in irresponsible spending. She also championed workforce development and rural broadband initiatives and helped make childcare more accessible for working parents across Iowa.
Ashley is deeply involved in her community. She belongs to Antioch Christian Church, and is a member of March of Dimes, Young Parents Network and the National Council on Youth Leadership.
Ashley now represents Iowa’s First District in Congress and fights each day for Iowa families, businesses, and farmers.