Findley: Wants to represent all Iowans
If you don’t think small-town roots are important when Iowans go to the polls, just ask someone from a small town in Iowa.
Or Brenna Findley.
Findley, Republican nominee for attorney general, is using her small-town roots to support some big ideas as she takes on Democrat Tom Miller this November.
Miller, who has held the top law position in Iowa since 1978 except for a four-year hiatus when he ran for governor, could be in for the fight of his career.
For starters, Findley’s message has a popular appeal among Iowans. She wants to open Iowa’s door for businesses and slam the door shut on criminals, two themes near and dear to Iowans’ hearts.
Born and raised on a farm near Dexter, Findley received her undergraduate degree in political science and history and minor in Russian from Drake University. She went on to get her law degree from the University of Chicago.
Findley started in private practice right after law school in 2001 then accepted an invitation in 2003 to serve as Fifth District Congressman Steve King’s deputy chief of staff. Findley stepped up to become King’s chief of staff and was King’s legal advisor with the House Judiciary Committee.
After working for King for seven years, Findley returned to private practice in Des Moines and to pursue the attorney general’s seat.
“I’m working hard on the campaign trail to listen to Iowans,” Findley said. “Many people have never seen their attorney general even though he was elected in 1978.”
Findley points out that age should not be an issue – she’s 34, the same age Miller was when he was elected.
She also underscores her rural roots.
“I think it’s important not to leave out small towns,” Findley said.
City dwellers and rural residents alike should also like her pro-business attitude.
Findley sees herself as “the problem-solving lawyer on the economic development team” she wants to join if elected. Findley said the attorney general also plays a key role in overcoming needless regulation.
“As attorney general I’ll stand up against those regulations,” Findlay said.
And, while she’s not shy about being tough on crime, Findley said needless litigation – especially that which sends the wrong message to businesses considering locating in Iowa – should end.
“Our current attorney general has made a name for himself by suing big companies,” Findley said.
Instead, Findley said the state needs to create an environment in which business can operate freely.
Findley also knows of a good place where state government costs can be cut – the attorney general’s office itself. Findley noted there are currently 143 lawyers in the AG’s office.
“I’m going to set a good example by cutting the size of my office to set an example for other state government,” Findley said.
In the criminal area, Findley would like to toughen penalties for individuals possessing child pornography. She would also enjoin 21 other states supporting Arizona’s tough new immigration law.
“I do think the Arizona law is constitutional,” Findley said. “It was carefully written. As attorney general I’ll work to enforce our immigration laws.”
Findley also favors working with other states whenever possible to solve mutual problems. She opposes Miller’s decision to enjoin in a lawsuit against coal-fired power plants.
“This year people are ready for some new blood in the attorney general’s office,” Findley said. “We need to clean up our state government. And I’ll enforce the open records and open meetings law.”
Findley also heartily endorses the new state law which tells sheriffs that they shall issue concealed weapons permits to those legally eligible.
“In fact, I’m going to get my permit when I can,” Findley said.