In a press conference Wednesday morning, Republican Congresswoman Mariannette Miller-Meeks announced she will be moving out of Ottumwa–and the Third Congressional District–and will run for reelection in the newly redrawn First Congressional District.
The first district contains 16 of the 24 counties in the former second district and includes Fairfield, Mount Pleasant, Oskaloosa, and Fort Madison. Miller-Meeks did not disclose where she plans on residing.
Miller-Meeks, an ophthalmologist who was elected in a close 2020 race, says her connection to the majority of her former district was a factor in her decision.
“My connection to this district is extremely strong and I never wanted people in this district to feel that I was betraying them.”
Although she is leaving Ottumwa, Miller-Meeks says she will continue to be an advocate for the City of Bridges.
“I will be their [ottumwa’s] voice, regardless of what district I continue to represent.”
Currently, no U.S. Representative lives in the First Congressional District. Republican Ashley Hinson of Marion is the Representative of the first district but the reconfiguring now leaves her in the Second Congressional District.
With Miller-Meeks’ departure, Democrat Cindy Axne of West Des Moines is the only incumbent living in what is now the Third Congressional District, which includes Ottumwa.