|U.S. House, Iowa, District 1|
|Place of birth||Waterloo, Iowa|
Lange was born in Waterloo, Iowa and raised in Quasqueton, Iowa. He graduated from Southwestern University with a bachelor's degree in 2001 and earned a law degree from Hamline University in 2005.
Lange ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Iowa's 1st District. Lange won the nomination on the Republican ticket. Bruce Braley ran unopposed in the Democratic primary. Rod Blum was defeated by Lange in the Republican primary. Candidates wishing to run were required to file by the signature filing deadline of March 16, 2012. The primary elections took place on June 5, 2012. Lange was defeated by incumbent Bruce Braley (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.
|U.S. House, Iowa District 1 General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Bruce Braley Incumbent||56.9%||222,422|
|Independent||George Todd Krail II||0.2%||931|
|Source: Iowa Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
|U.S. House, Iowa, District 1 Republican Primary, 2012|
On August 1st, 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."
- "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."
Lange has also circulated a 10 page pamphlet that concisely articulates his elections goals, it is titled "A Compact with Iowans: My Promise and Plan."
The following is a political ad launched by Ben Lange's campaign, it targets incumbent Bruce Braley.
Ben Lange, "Ad: Braley's Broken Promises"
|U.S. House, Iowa , District 1, 2012 - Ben Lange Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by Election Winner||$2,687,008|
|Total Spent by Election Winner||$2,664,440|
|Top contributors to Ben Lange's campaign committee|
|Freedom & Security PAC||$12,500|
|Denny Elwell Investments||$10,000|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Crop Production & Basic Processing||$39,850|
Lange is married to his wife Kelly and father to three girls – Addison, Emelia, and Charlotte.
- KCCI "June 5 Iowa State Primary Results" Accessed June 5, 2012
- Politico "2012 House Race Results"
- Lange for Congress "About" Accessed March 1, 2012
- QC Times "Ben Lange Biography"
- TH Online, "Lange says he will not run for Congress in 2014," Accessed June 24, 2013.
- Eastern Iowa Government.com "Lange: Rematch with Braley in Iowa 1st like an open seat race" Accessed December 16, 2011
- Iowa Secretary of State "2012 primary results"
- WCF Courier "Lange wins GOP nomination and rematch with Braley"
- Des Moines Register "1st District challenger Ben Lange announces complaint against incumbent Bruce Braley"
- The Gazette "Lange launches first TV ad in Iowa 1st District rematch"
- Campaign Website
- The Iowa Republican "Why I'm Running: Restoring the Generational Compact"
- A Compact with Iowans
- YouTube channel
- OpenSecrets "2012 Election" Accessed March 23, 2013