Get to know the contenders for State Senate District 39

Two candidates will vie for a spot representing Johnson, Washington, and Keokuk counties in the Iowa Senate.


Republican Heather Hora (left) seeks to take over the State Senate District 39 seat from Democratic incumbent Kevin Kinney (right).

Kevin Kinney (D) – Incumbent

Age: 55  

Hometown: Oxford, Iowa

Education: Clear Creek/Amana High School


Economy: Kinney wants to stimulate the rural Iowa economy by passing industrial-hemp legislation that allows farmers to grow the crop. 

Education: Kinney supports increased funding for public education, community colleges, and public universities. He links education to a skilled workforce.

Health Care: Kinney favors a state-controlled Medicaid system. He thinks mental-health initiatives should receive more funding.

Environment: Kinney is a member of the Senate Natural Resources Committee and hopes for more funding for clean-water initiatives. 

Heather Hora (R)

Age: 48  

Hometown: Washington, Iowa

Occupation: Farmer


Economy: Hora supports lowering taxes and disentangling Iowa’s tax code. She believes lower taxes will allow families and businesses to thrive with lower costs of living.

Education:  Hora wants to give more control to individual school districts to create curriculum and enforce policies. She supports sustainable K-12 funding.

Health Care: Hora would like to find ways to reduce costs associated with health care and make it more affordable for Iowans, according to her campaign Facebook. 

Environment/Agriculture: To aid Iowa farmers, Hora supports low taxes, discovering new markets for Iowa agricultural products, and cutting red-tape surrounding agriculture. 

Iowa’s 39th district contains half of Johnson County, and Washington and Keokuk counties.