Who is Theresa Greenfield? Theresa Greenfield (Democratic Party) is running for the U.S. Senate to represent Iowa. She will participate in the general election on 3 November 2020. On 2 June 2020, she left the Democratic primary.
Greenfield was a Democratic candidate for Iowa’s 3rd Congressional District in the U.S. House in 2018. Greenfield was excluded from the election ahead of the primary, scheduled for June 5, 2018.
Theresa Greenfield grew up on a family farm where she and her four siblings learned the value of hard work and independence. Her father encouraged his daughters to do everything the boys did at Greenfield Farm, and at 16, Theresa and her sister began to help with the family dust business. When the farm crisis of the 1980s hit rural families like Theresa’s, she didn’t give up her dream of college. With the help of grants and several part-time jobs, she went to school. Theresa married and when she and her husband were expecting their second child, he died in an accident while working as a union electrician. As a young widow, times were difficult, but Theresa set out to care for her two boys as a single mother. One of the things that helped Theresa’s family stay out of poverty and get back on her feet was social security benefits, and she has pledged to protect Social Security from partisan attacks in Washington. Theresa worked as a city planner and worked in real estate and development in Iowa.
She lives in Des Moines with her husband Steve and they have four adult children together: Tanya, a media specialist; Nick, a gardener; Phil, a health consultant; and Dane, a U.S. Army soldier. Watch her 2019 announcement video to learn more.
2020 Battleground Elections
Joni Ernst (R), Theresa Greenfield (D), Rick Stewart (L) and Suzanne Herzog (I) run for U.S. Senate on November 3, 2020 in Iowa.
The outcome of this race will affect partisan control of the U.S. Senate. Thirty-five of the 100 seats are up for election, including two special elections. As of September 2020, the Republican Party has a majority of 53 seats in the chamber. Democrats have 45 seats. Independents who meet with Democrats hold the two remaining seats. Republicans face a greater partisan risk in the general election, defending 23 seats while Democrats are defending 12. Both parties have two incumbents representing states won by the opposing party’s 2016 presidential candidate.
Ernst is running for a second term after being first elected in 2014. This year, she defeated Bruce Braley (D) by an 8.3 percentage point margin to change Iowa’s Class II Senate seat held by Tom Harkin (D) since 1984. Iowa has 31 pivot counties that voted for Obama twice before supporting Trump in 2016, the most of all states. During the 2018 midterm elections, Democratic candidates defeated Republican incumbents in two of Iowa’s four congressional districts and shifted partisan control of House seats in the state from a Republican 3-1 majority to a Democratic 3-1 majority. By August 19, 2020, three election forecasters rated the race as a failure.
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