Bruce Braley

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U.S. Representative

Bruce Braley (D)


Leadership: No leadership position
Committees: House Committee on Energy and Commerce
(subcommittees and past assignments)
Next election: Nov. 6, 2012

Primary challenge: No

Incumbent running: Yes

2012 candidates for IA-01

Confirmed: Benjamin Lange, Bruce Braley
Possible: None so far
Out: None so far
(more info & editing for IA-01)
On the Web
Official website

Bruce Braley is a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives representing the First Congressional District of Iowa since 2007.


Record and controversies

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Organization 2007 Scorecard
Score - Agree ratio
2008 Scorecard
Score - Agree ratio
American Civil Liberties Union not avail. not avail.
American Conservative Union 0 - 0/25 not avail.
AFSCME not avail. not avail.
Americans for Democratic Action 90 - 18/20 90 - 18/20
Club for Growth not avail. not avail.
Drum Major Institute not avail. not avail.
Family Research Council not avail. not avail.
Information Technology Industry Council not avail. not avail.
League of Conservation Voters not avail. not avail.
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People not avail. not avail.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce 63 - 12/20 not avail.

Iraq War

For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.

Environmental record

For more information on environmental legislation, see the Energy and Environment Policy Portal


Born in Brooklyn, IA, Braley earned a Bachelor's Degree from Iowa State University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Iowa. He worked as an attorney with the law firm of Dutton, Braun, Staack, and Hellman. He and his wife Carolyn have three children.

Before running for Congress, Braley had not previously held elected office. As an attorney, Braley served as president of the Iowa Trial Lawyers Association. He and his wife were named couple of the year by Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Northeastern Iowa. Braley and his wife, Carolyn, have three children, Lisa, David and Paul.

Weekly radio address

On July 8, 2006, Braley was chosen to deliver the Democrats' weekly radio address. He criticized the Republican attempts to privatize Social Security.

2006 congressional election

Braley defeated Republican Mike Whalen to replace Rep. Jim Nussle (R-Iowa), who vacated the seat to make a failed run for governor.

Money in politics

This section contains links to – and feeds from – money in politics databases. For specific controversies, see this article's record and controversies section.

Top Contributors to during the 2008 Election Cycle
DonorAmount (US Dollars)
Weitz & Luxenberg$ 39,675
League of Conservation Voters$ 30,005
Herman, Herman et al$ 29,200
Waters & Kraus$ 27,700
Beasley, Allen et al$ 17,700
Regan, Zambri & Long$ 15,650
Banafsheh, Danesh & Javid$ 15,600
Robbins, Geller et al$ 15,600
Institute of Cardiovascular Excellence$ 14,400
American Assn for Justice$ 14,000
Source: The Center for Responsive Politics' site.
Note: Contributions are not from the organizations themselves, but are rather from
the organization's PAC, employees or owners. Totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.
Links to more campaign contribution information for Bruce Braley
from the Center for Responsive Politics' site.
Fundraising profile: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by industry: 2008 election cycle Career totals

Committees and Affiliations

More Background Data


DC office
  • 1727 Longworth House Office Building Washington, DC 20515
    Ph: 202-225-2911 Fax: 202-225-6666
    Webform email
District offices
  • 501 Sycamore St., Suite 623, Waterloo, IA 50703
    Ph: (319) 287-3233 Fax: (none entered)
  • 209 W. 4th St., Suite 104, Davenport, IA 52801
    Ph: (563) 323-5988 Fax: (none entered)
  • 350 W. 6th St., Suite 222, Dubuque, IA 52001
    Ph: (563) 557-7789 Fax: (none entered)
On the Web
Campaign office
  • No campaign website entered.
  • No campaign webform email entered.
  • No campaign office information entered.

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