Dave Loebsack

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U.S. Representative

Dave Loebsack (D)


Leadership: No leadership position
Committees: House Committee on Armed Services, House Committee on Education and Labor
(subcommittees and past assignments)
Next election: Nov. 6, 2012

Primary challenge: No

Incumbent running: Yes

2012 candidates for IA-02

Confirmed: John Archer, Dave Loebsack
Possible: None so far
Out: None so far
(more info & editing for IA-02)
On the Web
Official website

Dave Loebsack has been a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives representing the Second Congressional District of Iowa since 2007.


Record and controversies

On Sept. 22, Rep. Dave Loebsack caved in to political pressure to return $5,000 in campaign contributions from New York Rep. Charlie Rangel's Political Action Committee. Rep. Rangel is facing scrutiny for several alleged ethics violations. Rep. Loebsack's GOP opponent, Dr. Marianette Miller-Meeks, had been calling for Loebsack to return or donate the funds.[1] As of June 30, 2008, 62% ($424,414) of Rep. Loebsack's campaign funds have come from PACs.[2]

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


Loebsack was born in 1952 in Sioux City, Iowa. He graduated from East High School then attended college at Iowa State University at Ames. Here, Loebsack earned his bachelor degree in 1974, and a master in political science in 1976. He later received a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. Loebsack took a faculty position at Cornell College, a small, elite liberal arts school in Mount Vernon, Iowa. Since becoming a professor, he has been active in a variety of left-leaning political organizations. He and his wife, Theresa, met when he was in Ames. She is a second grade schoolteacher. They have four grown children. . [3]

Congressional career

2006 election

Loebsack defeated Republican Rep. Jim Leach 51%-49% to take control of his seat in the 2006 congressional elections. [4]

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)
University of Iowa$ 39,950
JStreetPAC$ 21,535
Rockwell Collins Inc$ 14,000
American Health Care Assn$ 13,000
AEGON NV$ 11,500
Operating Engineers Union$ 11,000
National Education Assn$ 10,250
American Federation of Teachers$ 10,000
American Fedn of St/Cnty/Munic Employees$ 10,000
American Optometric Assn$ 10,000
Source: The Center for Responsive Politics' www.OpenSecrets.org 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 Dave Loebsack
from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org 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

As of June 30, 2008, Rep. Loebsack has raised $683,387. 62% of his funds ($424,414) came from PAC contributions, while individual contributions comprise only 37% ($250,418). These figures stand in stark contrast to his 2006 campaign where individual contributions made up 66% ($341,760) of the $521,636 his campaign raised. PAC contributions made up 33% ($173,991) of total funds raised.[5]

Committees and Affiliations


Committees in the 110th Congress (2007-2008)

More Background Data

Background information on Jim Leach, whom Dave Loebsack challenged in the 2006 congressional elections:


DC office
  • 1527 Longworth House Office Building Washington, DC 20515
    Ph: 202-225-6576 Fax: 202-226-0757
    Webform email
District offices
  • 125 South Dubuque Street Iowa City, IA 52240-4003
    Ph: 319-351-0789 Fax: (none entered)
  • 150 1st Avenue, NE Suite 375 Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
    Ph: 319-364-2288 Fax: (none entered)
On the Web
Campaign office
  • No campaign website entered.
  • No campaign webform email entered.
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