Rep. Axne Launches ‘Virtual District Tour’ of Iowa’s Third Congressional District

April 6, 2020
Press Release
Virtual District Tour of all 16 counties will cover effects of COVID-19 on county health systems, businesses, and families

Today, Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) launched a Virtual District Tour of Iowa’s Third Congressional District to survey and further assist response to the ongoing outbreak of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iowa. The tour, which launched with a conference call with leadership of the Southwest Iowa Planning Council (SWIPCO) in Atlantic, will cover all 16 counties of Southwest Iowa that Rep. Axne represents.

Over the coming weeks, Rep. Axne will hold virtual meetings with county emergency managers, health system leadership, local business owners, and other community stakeholders to survey the ongoing effects of COVID-19 on Iowa’s families and economy.

“Over my first year in office, I visited each of the Third District’s counties at least once a month to ensure that I was hearing from all of the Iowans that I represent in Washington,” said Rep. Axne. “While we are honoring the guidance of our health care professionals by staying home and limiting in-person meetings – I want to ensure the concerns and questions of all Iowans are still being heard.”

The launch of the Virtual District Tour follows two coronavirus telephone town halls held by Rep. Axne that allowed experts from the Iowa Department of Public Health, Iowa Department of Human Services, and the U.S. Small Business Administration to connect directly with thousands of residents of Iowa’s Third Congressional District.

Earlier this year, Rep. Axne was honored as the Most Accessible Freshman Member of Congress by the Town Hall Project for holding 57 town halls in 2019 – the most of any freshman member of Congress.

That honor and her commitment to routinely traveling throughout her district earned her the nomination as a finalist for the Congressional Management Foundation’s Democracy Awards in the category of Transparency and Accountability.