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Bruce Braley
Bruce Braley.jpg
U.S. House, Iowa, District 1
In office
January 3, 2007-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2013
Years in position 8
Base salary$174,000
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 7, 2006
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
High schoolB.G.M. High School, Brooklyn, Iowa
Bachelor'sIowa State University
J.D.University of Iowa
Date of birthOctober 30, 1957
Place of birthGrinnell, Iowa
Office website
Campaign website
Bruce Braley campaign logo
Bruce Braley (b. October 30, 1957) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives representing Iowa's 1st congressional district. Braley was elected to the House in 2006. Braley was unopposed in the Democratic primary on June 5, 2012 and was re-elected in November 2012.[1]

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Braley is a "rank-and-file Democrat".[2]


Braley was born in 1957 in Grinnell, Iowa, and raised in Brooklyn, Iowa. He earned his B.A. from Iowa State University in 1980 and his J.D. from University of Iowa Law School in 1983. Prior to his political career, Braley was a practicing attorney.[3] In 1983, Bradley married Carolyn Kalb and moved to Waterloo, Iowa.[4]




See also: Iowa's 1st congressional district elections, 2012

Braley ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Iowa's 1st District. Braley won the nomination on the Democratic ticket.[5] Braley ran unopposed in the Democratic primary. He defeated Ben Lange in the general election, who defeated Rod Blum in the Republican Primary.[6] 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.


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"

Race Background

Braley defeated current challenger Ben Lange in 2010 general election. Braley won by approximately 2% of the vote.[7]


Braley has been very vocal in his support of a wind energy tax credit in Iowa that is set to expire in 2013.[8] A full list of Braley's policy positions can be found at his campaign website.[9]

On August 1st Ben Lange filed an ethics complaint against 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."[10]


The following is a political TV ad launched by Bruce Braley's campaign.

Ben Lange, "Brooklyn, Iowa"[11]


On November 2, 2010, Braley won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Benjamin M. Lange (R), Rob J. Petsche (L), and Jason A. Faulkner (I) in the general election.[12]

U.S. House of Representatives, Iowa's 1st Congressional District, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBruce Braley Incumbent 49.5% 104,428
     Republican Benjamin M. Lange 47.5% 100,219
     Liberterian Rob J. Petsche 1.9% 4,087
     Independent Jason A. Faulkner 1% 2,092
     Independent Write-In 0% 76
Total Votes 210,902

Campaign donors


Bruce Braley (2012)[13] Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[14]April 15, 2012$627,426.33$323,998.11$(122,891.66)$828,532.78
Pre-Primary[15]May 24, 2012$828,532.78$101,027.64$(125,442.43)$804,117.99
July Quarterly[16]July 15, 2012$804,117.99$342,675.48$(51,407.16)$1,095,386.31
October Quarterly[17]October 15, 2012$1,095,386.31$481,099.13$(1,001,700.88)$574,784.56
Pre-General[18]October 25, 2012$574,784.56$104,369.86$(302,451.42)$376,703.00
Running totals


Breakdown of the source of Braley's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Braley won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Braley's campaign committee raised a total of $2,098,471 and spent $2,357,364.[19]


Congressional Staff Salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Braley paid his congressional staff a total of $1,068,191 in 2011. He ranks 73rd on the list of the highest paid Democratic Representative Staff Salaries and he ranks 94th overall of the highest paid Representative Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, Iowa ranks 16th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[20]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Braley's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $206,016 and $665,000. That averages to $435,508, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Representatives in 2010 of $4,465,875.[21]

Political Positions

Percentage voting with party

November 2011

Bruce Braley voted with the Democratic Party 92.5% of the time, which ranked 101 among the 192 House Democratic members as of November 2011.[22]

Recent news

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Braley and his wife Carolyn (nee Kalb) have been married since 1983. They have three children and live in Waterloo, Iowa.[23]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Jim Nussle
U.S. House of Representatives - Iowa District 1
Succeeded by