Ben Lange

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Ben Lange
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Candidate for
U.S. House, Iowa, District 1
Place of birthWaterloo, Iowa
Campaign website
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Ben Lange was a 2012 Republican candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 1st Congressional District of Iowa. Lange defeated Rod Blum in the Republican primary on June 5, 2012.[1] He lost to incumbent Bruce Braley in the general election on November 6, 2012.[2]


Lange was born in Waterloo, Iowa, and raised in Quasqueton, Iowa.[3] He graduated from Southwestern University with a bachelor's degree in 2001 and earned a law degree from Hamline University in 2005.[4]


Lange operates a small law practice in Independence, Iowa.[3]



See also: Iowa's 1st Congressional District elections, 2014

Despite speculation that he would run, Lange announced in June 2013 that he would not run for the 2014 Republican nomination for Iowa's 1st Congressional District.[5]


See also: Iowa's 1st Congressional District elections, 2012

Lange ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Iowa's 1st District. Rod Blum was defeated by Lange in the Republican primary.[1] Lange was defeated by incumbent Bruce Braley (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[6]

U.S. House, Iowa District 1 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBruce Braley Incumbent 56.9% 222,422
     Republican Ben Lange 41.6% 162,465
     Independent Gregory Hughes 1.2% 4,772
     Independent George Todd Krail II 0.2% 931
Total Votes 390,590
Source: Iowa Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S. House, Iowa, District 1 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBen Lange 53.4% 13,217
Rod Blum 46.6% 11,551
Total Votes 24,768

Race Background

Ben Lange was previously defeated by Bruce Braley in 2010 general election. Lange lost by approximately 2% of the vote.[7]

On August 1, 2012, Lange filed an ethics complaint against Bruce Braley, on the ground that he had used government resources to aid his campaign by inviting voters to "Deficit Workshops." John Davis, Bradley's Chief of Staff, described the claim as "without merit."[8]


In August, 2012 Lange launched the first campaign ad which focused on the national debt.[9] Lange stated that he ran for office to "Restore the Generational Compact."[10] This proposal includes,

  • "A balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution that requires Congress to limit projected expenses to projected revenue, with reasonable exceptions."
  • "Restructuring federal entitlement programs that are fiscally unsustainable for the benefit of future generations."
  • "Replacing Obamacare with a patient-centered model that addresses rising health care costs by reducing market distortions and providing greater transparency, competition, and choice for patients."[11]

Lange also circulated a 10 page pamphlet that concisely articulated his elections goals, it is titled "A Compact with Iowans: My Promise and Plan."[12]


The following is a political ad launched by Ben Lange's campaign, it targets incumbent Bruce Braley.

Ben Lange, "Ad: Braley's Broken Promises"[13]

Campaign donors


Breakdown of the source of Lange's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Lange lost election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Lange's campaign committee raised a total of $1,073,617 and spent $1,073,725.[14]


Lange is married to his wife Kelly and is a father to three girls – Addison, Emelia and Charlotte.[3]

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