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Phone: 202-225-6576

Address: 1527 LHOB, DC 20515

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Phone: (563) 323-5988

Address: 209 West 4th Street, Davenport IA 52801

Iowa City IA

Phone: (319) 351-0789

Fax: (319) 351-5789

Address: 125 South Dubuque Street, Iowa City IA 52240-4003

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Dave Loebsack Biography
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  • Elected: 2006, 4th term.
  • District: Iowa 2
  • Born: Dec. 23, 1952, Sioux City
  • Home: Mt. Vernon
  • Education:

    IA St. U., B.S. 1974, M.A. 1976, U. of CA, Ph.D., 1985

  • Professional Career:

    Professor, Cornell Col., 1982-2006.

  • Ethnicity: White/Caucasian
  • Religion:

    Methodist

  • Family: Married (Teresa); 4 children

Democrat Dave Loebsack, elected in 2006, is a retired college professor who offsets his liberal leanings by seeking out similarly pragmatic Republicans on defense, budget, and health care issues. Read More

Democrat Dave Loebsack, elected in 2006, is a retired college professor who offsets his liberal leanings by seeking out similarly pragmatic Republicans on defense, budget, and health care issues.

A native of Sioux City, Loebsack (LOBE-sak) lived as a child in poverty with his mother, grandmother, and three siblings in a two-bedroom house and worked as a high school janitor to pay for college. He got a master’s degree at Iowa State University and went on to the University of California, Davis, to earn a Ph.D. in political science. From 1982 until his election to Congress, he was a professor of international relations at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, a few miles from Cedar Rapids. He had been active in local politics for several years, including a stint as fundraising chairman for Linn County Democrats.

When Loebsack decided to challenge 15-term GOP Rep. Jim Leach in 2006, he insisted that his campaign was not an attack on Leach’s three decades in Congress but rather on the GOP leadership in Congress; he called the popular Leach, a moderate Republican, an “enabler” for his party leaders. The war in Iraq was a pivotal issue then. Leach was the only member of the Iowa delegation to oppose the war, but Loebsack sought to tie him to President George W. Bush’s Defense secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, on the basis that Leach had been an aide to Rumsfeld when Rumsfeld was a House member from Illinois in the late 1960s. Leach refused to disparage his former boss, calling him a friend and insisting that Rumsfeld’s ouster would not change the administration’s policy in Iraq.

Loebsack raised $522,000, which ordinarily would have not been nearly enough for a competitive House race, and he had little support from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. But Leach unwittingly helped Loebsack overcome those obstacles. Leach eschewed modern campaign practices, particularly negative campaigning, and was a notoriously reluctant fundraiser. When the Iowa Republican Party sent out negative mailers targeting Loebsack, Leach told them to stop. He refused to accept contributions from political action committees or from sources outside the district and raised only $491,000. Leach did earn the endorsement of the district’s major newspapers, but it wasn’t enough. Loebsack beat him, 51%-49%.

In Washington, Loebsack has a lower profile than most other members of Iowa’s congressional delegation, though Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., told the Iowa City Press-Citizen that he considered him “one of the more thoughtful members” of Congress. One of his first official actions was to sponsor a measure to name the federal building in Davenport, Iowa, the James A. Leach Federal Building; it passed the House in 2007.

He has compiled a liberal voting record, although he moved slightly to the center on fiscal issues after Republicans regained control of the House in 2011. He has been among the Democrats joining Republicans in calling for the comptroller general to audit the Federal Reserve, and he also joined GOP lawmakers in supporting an end to public subsidies of the national party conventions. He joined the Center Aisle Caucus, an informal group of around 40 House members seeking to establish greater civility between the parties, and a subsequent bipartisan group of “Problem Solvers” headed by West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin and former Utah GOP Gov. Jon Huntsman.

On the Armed Services Committee, Loebsack added a provision to the 2012 defense authorization bill to have behavioral health specialists embedded with National Guard and Reserve units during training. He drew praise at home for working closely with Rep. Bobby Schilling, R-Ill., on protecting the Rock Island Arsenal from cutbacks. The House in May 2009 passed Loebsack’s “green schools” bill authorizing $6.4 billion for modernizing and making environmental improvements to schools. The following year, it passed his legislation to offer competitive grants for community colleges and local business working together to help train workers.

Loebsack won a comfortable reelection, 57%-39%, in 2008 against political neophyte Mariannette Miller-Meeks, a Republican ophthalmologist. Miller-Meeks returned for a rematch in 2010, hoping the national political climate favoring her party would give her a boost. She criticized Loebsack’s support for the health care overhaul and called for reforming the tax code. She was able to remain roughly even with Loebsack on fundraising, and some polls showed her ahead in the closing weeks. But Loebsack’s work on behalf of flood-stricken communities in the district helped offset his support of Obama’s policies, and he won, 51%-46%.

Post-2010-census redistricting gave Loebsack a district in which almost half of his constituents were new to him and that also was slightly less Democratic. GOP strategists hoped his professorial style might alienate some rural voters and put up John Archer, a strongly conservative attorney for farm equipment maker John Deere, an iconic company in Iowa. The National Republican Congressional Committee invested more than $760,000 to boost Archer’s chances, but Loebsack spent plenty of time back home—he estimated attending 400 events during the first nine months of 2012—and won easily, 56%-43%.

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Dave Loebsack Election Results
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2012 General
David Loebsack (D)
Votes: 211,863
Percent: 55.61%
John Archer (R)
Votes: 161,977
Percent: 42.52%
2012 Primary
David Loebsack (D)
Votes: 17,467
Percent: 81.7%
Joe Seng (D)
Votes: 3,913
Percent: 18.3%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (51%), 2008 (57%), 2006 (51%)
Dave Loebsack Votes and Bills
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National Journal’s rating system is an objective method of analyzing voting. The liberal score means that the lawmaker’s votes were more liberal than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The conservative score means his votes were more conservative than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The composite score is an average of a lawmaker’s six issue-based scores. See all NJ Voting

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2013 2012 2011
Economic 63 (L) : 37 (C) 61 (L) : 39 (C) 64 (L) : 36 (C)
Social 66 (L) : 32 (C) 63 (L) : 37 (C) 76 (L) : 23 (C)
Foreign 71 (L) : 27 (C) 73 (L) : 26 (C) 73 (L) : 26 (C)
Composite 67.3 (L) : 32.7 (C) 65.8 (L) : 34.2 (C) 71.3 (L) : 28.7 (C)
Interest Group Ratings

The vote ratings by 10 special interest groups provide insight into a lawmaker’s general ideology and the degree to which he or she agrees with the group’s point of view. Two organizations provide just one combined rating for 2011 and 2012, the two sessions of the 112th Congress. They are the ACLU and the ITIC. About the interest groups.

20112012
FRC00
LCV9469
CFG733
ITIC-58
NTU2027
20112012
COC25-
ACLU-100
ACU416
ADA8570
AFSCME86-
Key House Votes

The key votes show how a member of Congress voted on the major bills of the year. N indicates a "no" vote; Y a "yes" vote. If a member voted "present" or was absent, the bill caption is not shown. For a complete description of the bills included in key votes, see the Almanac's Guide to Usage.

    • Pass GOP budget
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • End fiscal cliff
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Extend payroll tax cut
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Find AG in contempt
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Stop student loan hike
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Repeal health care
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Raise debt limit
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Pass cut, cap, balance
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Defund Planned Parenthood
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Repeal lightbulb ban
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Add endangered listings
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Speed troop withdrawal
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Regulate financial firms
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Pass tax cuts for some
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Stop detainee transfers
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Legalize immigrants' kids
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Repeal don't ask, tell
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Limit campaign funds
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Overturn Ledbetter
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass $820 billion stimulus
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Let guns in national parks
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass cap-and-trade
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Bar federal abortion funds
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass health care bill
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Bail out financial markets
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2008
    • Repeal D.C. gun law
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2008
    • Overhaul FISA
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2008
    • Increase minimum wage
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Expand SCHIP
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Raise CAFE standards
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Share immigration data
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Foreign aid abortion ban
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Ban gay bias in workplace
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Withdraw troops 8/08
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • No operations in Iran
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Free trade with Peru
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
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