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|Birthday = October 30, 1957
 
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|Place of birth = Grinnell, Iowa
 
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}}{{tnr}}'''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 [[U.S. House]] in 2006.  
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}}{{tnr}}'''Bruce Braley''' (b. October 30, 1957, in Grinnell, Iowa) is a [[Democratic]] member of the [[U.S. House of Representatives]] representing [[Iowa's 1st Congressional District]]. Braley was elected to the [[U.S. House]] in 2006.  
  
Braley was unopposed in the Democratic primary on June 5, 2012 and was re-elected on [[Iowa's 1st congressional district elections, 2012|November 6, 2012]].<ref>[http://www.politico.com/2012-election/map/#/House/2012/ ''Politico'' "2012 House Race Results"]</ref>  
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Braley was unopposed in the Democratic primary on June 5, 2012, and was re-elected on [[Iowa's 1st Congressional District elections, 2012|November 6, 2012]].<ref>[http://www.politico.com/2012-election/map/#/House/2012/ ''Politico'', "2012 House Race Results," accessed November 6, 2012]</ref>  
  
He is not running for re-election to the U.S. House in [[United States House of Representatives elections, 2014|2014]]. Braley plans to run for the [[U.S. Senate]] seat currently held by veteran Sen. [[Tom Harkin]]. [[Tom Harkin|Harkin]] will retire at the end of his current term, leaving the seat open for the [[United States Senate elections, 2014|2014 election]].<ref>[http://www.desmoinesregister.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2013301130049&nclick_check=1 '''Desmoines Register,'' "Register Exclusive: Bruce Braley weighs bid for governor," January 13, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://blogs.desmoinesregister.com/dmr/index.php/2013/02/15/breaking-vilsack-will-not-seek-u-s-senate-seat-in-2014/article ''The Des Moines Register,'' "Vilsack will not seek U.S. Senate seat in 2014," February 15, 2013]</ref>
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He is not running for re-election to the U.S. House in [[United States House of Representatives elections, 2014|2014]]. Braley plans to run for the [[United States Senate|U.S. Senate]] seat currently held by veteran Sen. [[Tom Harkin]]. [[Tom Harkin|Harkin]] will retire at the end of his current term, leaving the seat open for the [[United States Senate elections, 2014|2014 election]].<ref>[http://www.desmoinesregister.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2013301130049&nclick_check=1 '''Des Moines Register,'' "Register Exclusive: Bruce Braley weighs bid for governor," accessed January 13, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://blogs.desmoinesregister.com/dmr/index.php/2013/02/15/breaking-vilsack-will-not-seek-u-s-senate-seat-in-2014/article ''The Des Moines Register'', "Vilsack will not seek U.S. Senate seat in 2014," accessed February 15, 2013]</ref> Braley joins a growing [[list of U.S. Congress incumbents not running for re-election in 2014]].
  
 
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==Biography==
 
==Biography==
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.<ref name="bioguide"> [http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=b001259 ''Biographical Guide to Members of Congress'' "Bruce Braley" Accessed November 5, 2011]</ref> In 1983, Bradley married Carolyn Kalb and moved to Waterloo, Iowa.<ref name="Campaign Website"> [http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=b001259 ''Biography'' "Bruce Braley" Accessed November 5, 2011]</ref>
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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.<ref name="bioguide">[http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=b001259 ''Biographical Guide to Members of Congress'', "Bruce Braley," accessed November 5, 2011]</ref> In 1983, Bradley married Carolyn Kalb and moved to Waterloo, Iowa.<ref name="Campaign Website"> [http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=b001259 ''Bruce Braley'', "Biography," accessed November 5, 2011]</ref>
  
 
==Career==
 
==Career==
*[[U.S. House of Representatives]], [[Iowa's 1st congressional district]], 2007-Present
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*[[U.S. House of Representatives]], [[Iowa's 1st Congressional District]], 2007-Present
* In 2009, Bruce founded the House Populist Caucus and serves as its Chairman. <ref>[http://braley.house.gov/issues/populist-caucus ''U.S. House'' "Official Biography" Accessed January 2013]</ref>
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* In 2009, Bruce founded the House Populist Caucus and serves as its Chairman.<ref>[http://braley.house.gov/issues/populist-caucus ''U.S. House'', "Official Biography," accessed January 2013]</ref>
  
 
==Committee assignments==
 
==Committee assignments==
 
===U.S. House===
 
===U.S. House===
 
====2013-2014====
 
====2013-2014====
Braley serves on the following committees:<ref>[http://media.cq.com/pub/committees/ ''CQ.com,'' "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"]</ref>
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Braley serves on the following committees:<ref>[http://media.cq.com/pub/committees/ ''CQ.com'', "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/committee_info/oal.aspx ''U.S. House of Representatives'', "Committee Assignments," accessed March 29, 2014]</ref>
 
*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce|Committee on Energy and Commerce]]
 
*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce|Committee on Energy and Commerce]]
 
**Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations
 
**Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations
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====2011-2012====
 
====2011-2012====
Braley served on the following committees<ref>:[http://clerk.house.gov/committee_info/oal.aspx ''U.S. Congress House Clerk'' "House of Representatives Committee Assignments" Accessed November 5, 2011]</ref>
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Braley served on the following committees:<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/committee_info/oal.aspx ''U.S. Congress House Clerk'', "House of Representatives Committee Assignments," accessed November 5, 2011]</ref>
 
*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform|Oversight and Government Reform Committee]]
 
*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform|Oversight and Government Reform Committee]]
 
**Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs, Stimulus Oversight and Government Spending
 
**Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs, Stimulus Oversight and Government Spending
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==Issues==
 
==Issues==
===Specific votes===
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====Fiscal Cliff====
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====Comments on Grassley====
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[[Republican]] opposition research firm ''America Rising'' released a videotape on March 25, 2014, that showed Braley make disparaging comments about [[United States Senate|Sen.]] [[Chuck Grassley]].<ref name="grassley"/>
Braley voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels.  He was one of 172 Democrats that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2012/roll659.xml ''U.S. House'' "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.]</ref>
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“If you help me win this race, you may have someone with your background, your experience, your voice — someone who’s been literally fighting tort reform for 30 years in a visible and public way on the Senate Judiciary Committee...Or you might have a farmer from Iowa who never went to law school, never practiced law, serving as the next chair of the Senate Judiciary. Because if Democrats lose the majority, Chuck Grassley will be the next chair of the Senate Judiciary,” said Braley.<ref name="grassley">[http://www.politico.com/story/2014/03/bruce-braley-chuck-grassley-farmer-with-no-law-degree-105010.html#ixzz2x4vVpoWv ''Politico'', "Bruce Braley on Chuck Grassley: A ‘farmer’ with no law degree," accessed March 26, 2014]</ref>
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Braley apologized in a statement: “I apologize to Senator Grassley and anyone I may have offended. I respect Senator Grassley and enjoy our working relationship even though we disagree on some issues."<ref>[http://blogs.desmoinesregister.com/dmr/index.php/2014/03/25/video-captures-braley-criticizing-grassley/article ''Des Moines Register'', "Video captures Braley criticizing Grassley as ‘a farmer from Iowa’," accessed March 26, 2014]</ref>
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====Congressional gym and towel service====
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{{youtube|title=Y9MSVhOjbDg|size=250|caption=Braley on The Bill Press Show in October 2013.}}
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In an effort to defend keeping the [[Congress|congressional]] gym open during the government shutdown, Braley commented on the gym's service cutbacks, including a cancellation of towel service.<ref name="towel"/>
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He commented on a letter circulated by some of his [[Democratic]] colleagues calling for the gym to close until the government can reopen.<ref name="towel"/>
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"They must not have been down to the gym lately... There's hardly anybody working down there. There's no towel service, we're doing our own laundry down there. And we pay a fee to belong to the House gym. So this is no different than if you're working for an employer that offers a wellness program. You pay a fee to belong, that's what we do there."
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Braley said he was glad the gym had stayed open because it is one of the few places Democrats and Republicans build relationships.<ref name="towel"/>
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[[Republican]] challenger [[David Young]] jumped on Braley's comment, saying, "It's unfortunate that Congressman Braley is more concerned with the towel service at the Members Only gym than he is getting government back to work for Iowa taxpayers... If elected to the U.S. Senate, I will bring my own towel to my gym, and I will do everything I can to make sure the federal government passes on time budgets, gets our fiscal house in order, and averts government shutdowns."<ref name="towel"/>
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In a statement, Braley's office said the congressman's larger point had "nothing" to do with the House gym.<ref name="towel"/>
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"Bruce’s point had nothing to do with the gym, but that the government shutdown is causing real pain for thousands of Iowa workers and the Iowa economy. People want Congress to get serious about ending the shutdown and are sick and tired of political attacks from Republicans that do nothing to bring people together," said Braley spokesman Jeff Giertz.<ref name="towel">[http://thehill.com/video/campaign/327583-braley-complains-about-shutdowns-impact-on-house-gym-towel-service#ixzz2hQYndKzb ''The Hill'', "Rep. Braley complains about shutdown's impact on House gym's towel service," accessed October 11, 2013]</ref>
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===Legislative actions===
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====113th Congress====
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====National security====
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=====American response in Syria=====
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: ''See also: [[United States involvement in Syria]]''
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{{Syria letter|Name=Braley}}
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=====DHS Appropriations=====
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{{Support vote}} Braley voted in favor of HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.<ref name="votes">[http://votesmart.org/candidate/key-votes/57382/bruce-braley#.UlhdnVN0I7I ''Project Vote Smart'', "Bruce Braley Key Votes," accessed October 11, 2013]</ref>
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{{Support vote}} Braley voted in favor of House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.<ref name="votes"/>
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{{Oppose vote}} Braley voted against HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.<ref>[http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/F?c113:4:./temp/~c113vMEvNq:e679: ''The Library of Congress'', "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013]</ref> The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.<ref name="votes"/>
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{{Support vote}} Braley voted in support of HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.<ref name="votes"/>
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====Economy====
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{{House Farm Bill Dem Yes|Name=Braley}}
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=====2014 Budget=====
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{{House Budget 2014 Dem Yes|Name=Braley}}
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=====Government shutdown=====
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{{Oppose vote}} On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2013/roll504.xml ''Clerk of the U.S. House'', "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013]</ref> At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. [[Harry Reid]] rejected the call to conference.<ref>[http://www.buzzfeed.com/katenocera/government-shutdown-how-we-got-here?bffb ''Buzzfeed'', "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013]</ref> Braley voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2013/roll504.xml ''Clerk of the U.S. House'', "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013]</ref>
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{{Support vote}} The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the [[United States Senate|Senate]]. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by [[United States Senate|Senate Democrats]] was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/house-effort-to-end-fiscal-crisis-collapses-leaving-senate-to-forge-last-minute-solution/2013/10/16/1e8bb150-364d-11e3-be86-6aeaa439845b_story_1.html ''The Washington Post'', "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013]</ref> The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from [[Republican]] members. Braley voted for HR 2775.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2013/roll550.xml ''U.S. House'', "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013]</ref>
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=====Morton Memos Prohibition=====
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{{Oppose vote}} Braley voted against House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States. The vote largely followed party lines.<ref name="votes"/>
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====Healthcare====
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=====Healthcare Reform Rules=====
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{{Oppose vote}} Braley voted against House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.<ref name="votes"/>
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{{Oppose vote}} Braley voted against HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act of 2013.  The bill passed through the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 232-185.  The bill would prevent the IRS and Treasury Secretary from enforcing the powers provided to them in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The vote largely followed party lines.<ref name="votes"/>
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====Social issues====
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=====Amash amendment=====
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{{Support vote}} Braley voted in favor of House Amendment 413 - Prohibits the National Security Agency from Collecting Records Under the Patriot Act. The amendment failed on July 4, 2013, by a vote of 205-217.  The amendment would have prohibited the collection of records by the National Security Agency under the Patriot Act.  Both parties were split on the vote.<ref name="votes"/>
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====Previous congressional sessions====
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=====Fiscal Cliff=====
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{{Support vote}} Braley voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels.  He was 1 of 172 Democrats who voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2012/roll659.xml ''U.S. House'', "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013]</ref>
  
 
==Elections==
 
==Elections==
 
===2014===
 
===2014===
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:: ''See also: [[United States Senate elections in Iowa, 2014]]''
  
Braley plans to run for the [[U.S. Senate]] seat currently held by veteran Sen. [[Tom Harkin]]. Harkin will retire at the end of his current term, leaving the seat open for the 2014 election.<ref>[http://www.desmoinesregister.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2013301130049&nclick_check=1 '''Desmoines Register,'' "Register Exclusive: Bruce Braley weighs bid for governor," January 13, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://blogs.desmoinesregister.com/dmr/index.php/2013/02/15/breaking-vilsack-will-not-seek-u-s-senate-seat-in-2014/article ''The Des Moines Register,'' "Vilsack will not seek U.S. Senate seat in 2014," February 15, 2013]</ref>
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Braley {{2014isrunning}} for the [[United States Senate|U.S. Senate]] seat currently held by veteran Sen. [[Tom Harkin]]. Harkin will retire at the end of his current term, leaving the seat open for the 2014 election.<ref>[http://www.desmoinesregister.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2013301130049&nclick_check=1 '''Desmoines Register,'' "Register Exclusive: Bruce Braley weighs bid for governor," accessed January 13, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://blogs.desmoinesregister.com/dmr/index.php/2013/02/15/breaking-vilsack-will-not-seek-u-s-senate-seat-in-2014/article ''The Des Moines Register,'' "Vilsack will not seek U.S. Senate seat in 2014," accessed February 15, 2013]</ref> Braley is running as a [[Democratic]] candidate for the [[United States Senate]] in the [[United States Senate elections in Iowa, 2014|2014 elections]] in [[Iowa]]. The general election takes place on November 4, 2014.
  
 
====Endorsements====
 
====Endorsements====
Retiring [[U.S. Senate|Sen.]] [[Tom Harkin]] formally endorsed Braley as his replacement.<ref name="harkinendorse">[http://wcfcourier.com/news/state-and-regional/iowa/article_89dd72f4-5f50-5c4c-841c-4e4fd66a49a5.html ''WCF Courier'' "Harkin endorses Braley for Iowa US Senate seat" Accessed April 25, 2013]</ref> In a statement on April 20, 2013, [[Tom Harkin|Harkin]] endorsed the [[U.S. House|Representative]], saying "Braley has fought for working people and the struggling middle class."<ref name="harkinendorse"/>
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Retiring [[U.S. Senate|Sen.]] [[Tom Harkin]] formally endorsed Braley as his replacement.<ref name="harkinendorse">[http://wcfcourier.com/news/state-and-regional/iowa/article_89dd72f4-5f50-5c4c-841c-4e4fd66a49a5.html ''WCF Courier'', "Harkin endorses Braley for Iowa US Senate seat," accessed April 25, 2013]</ref> In a statement on April 20, 2013, [[Tom Harkin|Harkin]] endorsed the him, saying "Braley has fought for working people and the struggling middle class."<ref name="harkinendorse"/>
  
 
Other endorsements include [[Democrats]] [[Iowa House of Representatives|Iowa Rep.]] [[Dave Loebsack]], former [[U.S. House| congressman]] [[Leonard Boswell]], [[Attorney General of Iowa|Iowa Attorney General]] [[Tom Miller]] and [[Treasurer of Iowa|Treasurer]] [[Michael Fitzgerald]].<ref name="harkinendorse"/>
 
Other endorsements include [[Democrats]] [[Iowa House of Representatives|Iowa Rep.]] [[Dave Loebsack]], former [[U.S. House| congressman]] [[Leonard Boswell]], [[Attorney General of Iowa|Iowa Attorney General]] [[Tom Miller]] and [[Treasurer of Iowa|Treasurer]] [[Michael Fitzgerald]].<ref name="harkinendorse"/>
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At [[Tom Harkin]]'s 36th Annual Steak Fry in September 2013, the proceeds of which go toward To Organize a Majority PAC, several key [[Democratic]] members endorsed Braley for [[Tom Harkin|Harkin's]] seat.<ref name="steak">[http://www.iowastatedaily.com/news/article_13669bfc-1e5e-11e3-8bf7-001a4bcf887a.html ''Iowa State Daily'', "Joe Biden endorses Bruce Braley’s campaign for senator at Tom Harkin's Steak Fry," accessed September 16, 2013]</ref>
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“Folks, you have been so kind and generous to me in all of the years I have represented you in both the House and 30 years in the Senate,” [[Tom Harkin]] said. “I want you to know there is only one person I want to pass that baton to, and that’s our next United States’ senator, Bruce Braley.”<ref name="steak"/>
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Vice President [[Joe Biden]] also endorsed Braley.<ref name="steak"/>“I’ve gotten to get to know Bruce,” Biden said. “Tom admires him, and it’s why I think he is going to be a great senator. He is absolutely authentic. I told Bruce I would come campaign for him or against him, whichever would help him most.”<ref name="steak"/>
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[[Gabrielle Giffords]], and her husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly, took part in a fundraiser in Des Moines on October 27, 2013.<ref name="giffords">[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/13/gabrielle-giffords-bruce-braley_n_3920188.html ''Huffington Post'', "Gabrielle Giffords To Campaign For Bruce Braley," accessed September 16, 2013]</ref>
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====Washington Post top 10 races====
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===2012===
 
===2012===
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Braley ran in the [[U.S. Congress elections, 2012|2012 election]] for the [[U.S. House elections, 2012|U.S. House]], representing [[United States House of Representatives elections in Iowa, 2012|Iowa's]] [[Iowa's 1st congressional district elections, 2012|1st District]]. Braley won the nomination on the Democratic ticket.<ref>[http://theiowarepublican.com/2011/ben-lange-prepares-to-make-another-run-at-braley/ ''The Iowa Republican'' "Ben Lange Prepares to make another run at Braley" December 16, 2011] </ref> Braley ran unopposed in the Democratic primary.  He defeated  [[Ben Lange]] in the general election, who defeated [[Rod Blum]] in the Republican Primary.<ref>[http://www.kcci.com/news/politics/June-5-Iowa-State-Primary-Results/-/9356970/14434408/-/80ypfkz/-/index.html KCCI "Iowa Primary Results"]</ref>  Candidates wishing to run were required to file by the [[Signature requirements and deadlines for 2012 U.S. Congress elections|signature filing deadline]] of March 16, 2012. The primary elections took place on June 5, 2012.
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Braley ran in the [[U.S. Congress elections, 2012|2012 election]] for the [[U.S. House elections, 2012|U.S. House]] to represent [[United States House of Representatives elections in Iowa, 2012|Iowa's]] [[Iowa's 1st Congressional District elections, 2012|1st District]]. Braley won the nomination on the Democratic ticket.<ref>[http://theiowarepublican.com/2011/ben-lange-prepares-to-make-another-run-at-braley/ ''The Iowa Republican'', "Ben Lange Prepares to make another run at Braley," accessed December 16, 2011] </ref> Braley ran unopposed in the Democratic primary.  He defeated  [[Ben Lange]] in the general election, who defeated [[Rod Blum]] in the Republican Primary.<ref>[http://www.kcci.com/news/politics/June-5-Iowa-State-Primary-Results/-/9356970/14434408/-/80ypfkz/-/index.html ''KCCI'', "Iowa Primary Results," accessed 2012]</ref>  Candidates wishing to run were required to file by the [[Signature requirements and deadlines for 2012 U.S. Congress elections|signature filing deadline]] of March 16, 2012. The primary elections took place on June 5, 2012.
  
 
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====Race Background====
 
====Race Background====
Braley defeated 2012 challenger [[Ben Lange]] in 2010 general election.  Braley won by approximately 2% of the vote.<ref>[http://wcfcourier.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/update-lange-wins-gop-nomination-and-rematch-with-braley/article_9146bb18-af8a-11e1-a9f1-001a4bcf887a.html ''WCF Courier'' "Lange wins GOP nomination and rematch with Braley"]</ref>
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Braley defeated 2012 challenger [[Ben Lange]] in 2010 general election.  Braley won by approximately 2% of the vote.<ref>[http://wcfcourier.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/update-lange-wins-gop-nomination-and-rematch-with-braley/article_9146bb18-af8a-11e1-a9f1-001a4bcf887a.html ''WCF Courier'', "Lange wins GOP nomination and rematch with Braley," accessed 2012]</ref>
  
 
====Issues====
 
====Issues====
Braley has been very vocal in his support of a wind energy tax credit in Iowa that is set to expire in 2013.<ref>[http://www.thonline.com/blogs/tri_state_politics/article_acc9bf98-01d8-11e2-8df7-001a4bcf6878.html THOnline.com "Iowa delegation reacts harshly to Siemens layoffs"]</ref>  A full list of Braley's policy positions can be found at his campaign website.<ref>[http://braley.house.gov/issues Campaign Website]</ref>
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Braley has been very vocal in his support of a wind energy tax credit in Iowa that is set to expire in 2013.<ref>[http://www.thonline.com/blogs/tri_state_politics/article_acc9bf98-01d8-11e2-8df7-001a4bcf6878.html ''THOnline.com'', "Iowa delegation reacts harshly to Siemens layoffs," accessed 2012]</ref>  A full list of Braley's policy positions were available on his campaign website.<ref>[http://braley.house.gov/issues ''Campaign Website'', "Isssues," accessed 2012]</ref>
  
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."<ref>[http://blogs.desmoinesregister.com/dmr/index.php/2012/08/09/1st-district-challenger-ben-lange-files-complaint-against-incumbent-bruce-braley ''Des Moines Register'' "1st District challenger Ben Lange announces complaint against incumbent Bruce Braley"]</ref>
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On August 1, 2012, [[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."<ref>[http://blogs.desmoinesregister.com/dmr/index.php/2012/08/09/1st-district-challenger-ben-lange-files-complaint-against-incumbent-bruce-braley ''Des Moines Register'', "1st District challenger Ben Lange announces complaint against incumbent Bruce Braley," acccessed 2012]</ref>
 
====Media====
 
====Media====
 
The following is a political TV ad launched by Bruce Braley's campaign.
 
The following is a political TV ad launched by Bruce Braley's campaign.
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|{{#ev:youtube|stCMfywLSWs|400}}<br><span style="font-size:80%">Ben Lange, "Brooklyn, Iowa"<ref>[https://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=stCMfywLSWs ''YouTube channel'', "Video," accessed 2012]</ref></span>
 
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===2014===
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Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Braley's reports.<ref>[http://query.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/fecimg/?C00541417 ''Federal Election Commission'', "Bruce Braley 2014 Summary reports," accessed November 12, 2013]</ref>
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===2012===
 
===2012===
 
[[File:Bruce Braley 2012 Donor Breakdown.PNG|right|375px|thumb|Breakdown of the source of Braley's campaign funds before the 2012 election.]]
 
[[File:Bruce Braley 2012 Donor Breakdown.PNG|right|375px|thumb|Breakdown of the source of Braley's campaign funds before the 2012 election.]]
Braley won re-election to the [[U.S. House]] in 2012. During that election cycle, Braley's campaign committee raised a total of $2,687,007 and spent  $2,664,440.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cid=N00027464&cycle=2012 ''Open Secrets'' "Bruce Braley 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 20, 2013]</ref>
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Braley won re-election to the [[U.S. House]] in 2012. During that election cycle, Braley's campaign committee raised a total of $2,687,007 and spent  $2,664,440.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cid=N00027464&cycle=2012 ''Open Secrets'', "Bruce Braley 2012 Election Cycle," accessed February 20, 2013]</ref> This is more than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/news/2013/06/2012-overview.html ''Open Secrets'', "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," accessed June 19, 2013]</ref>
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====Cost per vote====
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Braley spent $11.98 per vote received in 2012.
  
 
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===2010===
 
===2010===
 
[[File:Bruce_Braley_2010_Donor_Breakdown.PNG|right|375px|thumb|Breakdown of the source of Braley's campaign funds before the 2010 election.]]
 
[[File:Bruce_Braley_2010_Donor_Breakdown.PNG|right|375px|thumb|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.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cycle=2010&type=I&cid=N00027464&newMem=N ''Open Secrets'' "Bruce Braley 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 5, 2011]</ref>
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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.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cycle=2010&type=I&cid=N00027464&newMem=N ''Open Secrets'', "Bruce Braley 2010 Election Cycle," accessed November 5, 2011]</ref>
  
 
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:: ''See also: [[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking]]''
  
Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by ''GovTrack'', Braley is a "[[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking|rank-and-file Democrat]]," as of June 18, 2013.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/bruce_braley/412208 ''Gov Track'' "Braley" Accessed June 18, 2013]</ref>
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Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by ''GovTrack'', Braley is a "[[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking|rank-and-file Democrat]]," as of June 18, 2013.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/bruce_braley/412208 ''GovTrack'', "Braley" accessed June 18, 2013]</ref>
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===Like-minded colleagues===
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The website ''OpenCongress'' tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.<ref>[http://www.opencongress.org/people/show/412208_Bruce_Braley ''OpenCongress'', "Rep. Bruce Braley," accessed August 1, 2013]</ref>
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===Lifetime voting record===
 
===Lifetime voting record===
 
::''See also: [[Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
 
::''See also: [[Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
According to the website ''GovTrack,'' Braley missed 286 of 5,226 roll call votes from Jan 2007 to Mar 2013.  This amounts to 5.5%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/bruce_braley/412208 ''GovTrack,'' "Bruce Braley," Accessed April 1, 2013]</ref>
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According to the website ''GovTrack,'' Braley missed 286 of 5,226 roll call votes from January 2007 to March 2013.  This amounts to 5.5%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/bruce_braley/412208 ''GovTrack'', "Bruce Braley," accessed April 1, 2013]</ref>
  
 
===Congressional staff salaries===
 
===Congressional staff salaries===
 
::''See also: [[Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
 
::''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 ranked 73rd on the list of the highest paid Democratic Representative Staff Salaries and he ranked 94th overall of the highest paid Representative Staff Salaries in 2011.  Overall, [[Iowa]] ranked 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.<ref>[http://www.legistorm.com/member/826/Rep_Bruce_Braley.html LegiStorm "Bruce Braley"]</ref>
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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 ranked 73rd on the list of the highest paid Democratic representative staff salaries and ranked 94th overall of the highest paid representative staff salaries in 2011.  Overall, [[Iowa]] ranked 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.<ref>[http://www.legistorm.com/member/826/Rep_Bruce_Braley.html ''LegiStorm'', "Bruce Braley," accessed 2012]</ref>
  
 
===Net worth===
 
===Net worth===
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Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics'', Braley's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $222,019 and $770,000. That averages to $496,009, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Representatives in 2011 of $5,107,874. His average net worth increased by 13.89% from 2010.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00027464&year=2011 ''OpenSecrets.org'', "Braley (D-Iowa), 2011"]</ref>
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====2010====
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Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org'', Braley's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $216,071 and $1,406,000. That averages to '''$811,035.50,''' which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Braley ranked as the 229th most wealthy representative in 2012.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00027464&year=2012 ''OpenSecrets'', "Braley (D-IA), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014]</ref>
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 was lower than the average net worth of Democratic Representatives in 2010 of $4,465,875.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00027464&year=2010''OpenSecrets.org'', "Braley, (D-Iowa), 2010"]</ref>
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===National Journal vote ratings===
 
===National Journal vote ratings===
 
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:: ''See also: [[National Journal vote ratings]]''
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====2012====
 
====2012====
Each year ''National Journal'' publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Braley ranked 102nd in the liberal rankings in 2012.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/2012-vote-ratings ''National Journal,'' "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013]</ref>
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Braley ranked 102nd in the liberal rankings in 2012.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/2012-vote-ratings ''National Journal'', "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013]</ref>
  
 
====2011====
 
====2011====
Each year ''National Journal'' publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Braley ranked 87th in the liberal rankings.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/voteratings2011/searchable-vote-ratings-tables-house-20120223 ''National Journal,'' "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012]</ref>
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Braley ranked 87th in the liberal rankings.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/voteratings2011/searchable-vote-ratings-tables-house-20120223 ''National Journal'', "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012]</ref>
  
 
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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.<ref>[http://braley.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=462&Itemid=83 ''Official House Site'', "Bruce at a Glance," accessed November 5, 2011]</ref>
  
 
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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.<ref>[http://braley.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=462&Itemid=83 ''Official House Site'' "Bruce at a Glance," Accessed November 5, 2011]</ref>
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Bruce Braley
Bruce Braley.jpg
U.S. House, Iowa, District 1
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2007-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 7
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorJim Nussle (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$11.98 in 2012
First electedNovember 7, 2006
Next primaryJune 3, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$8,421,503
Term limitsN/A
Education
High schoolB.G.M. High School, Brooklyn, Iowa
Bachelor'sIowa State University
J.D.University of Iowa
Personal
BirthdayOctober 30, 1957
Place of birthGrinnell, Iowa
ProfessionAttorney
Net worth$811,035.50
ReligionPresbyterian
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Bruce Braley campaign logo
Bruce Braley (b. October 30, 1957, in Grinnell, Iowa) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives representing Iowa's 1st Congressional District. Braley was elected to the U.S. House in 2006.

Braley was unopposed in the Democratic primary on June 5, 2012, and was re-elected on November 6, 2012.[1]

He is not running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. Braley plans to run for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by veteran Sen. Tom Harkin. Harkin will retire at the end of his current term, leaving the seat open for the 2014 election.[2][3] Braley joins a growing list of U.S. Congress incumbents not running for re-election in 2014.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Braley is an average Democratic member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Democratic Party on the majority of bills.

Biography

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.[4] In 1983, Bradley married Carolyn Kalb and moved to Waterloo, Iowa.[5]

Career

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Braley serves on the following committees:[7][8]

2011-2012

Braley served on the following committees:[9]

Issues

Controversy

Comments on Grassley

Republican opposition research firm America Rising released a videotape on March 25, 2014, that showed Braley make disparaging comments about Sen. Chuck Grassley.[10]

“If you help me win this race, you may have someone with your background, your experience, your voice — someone who’s been literally fighting tort reform for 30 years in a visible and public way on the Senate Judiciary Committee...Or you might have a farmer from Iowa who never went to law school, never practiced law, serving as the next chair of the Senate Judiciary. Because if Democrats lose the majority, Chuck Grassley will be the next chair of the Senate Judiciary,” said Braley.[10]

Braley apologized in a statement: “I apologize to Senator Grassley and anyone I may have offended. I respect Senator Grassley and enjoy our working relationship even though we disagree on some issues."[11]

Congressional gym and towel service


Braley on The Bill Press Show in October 2013.

In an effort to defend keeping the congressional gym open during the government shutdown, Braley commented on the gym's service cutbacks, including a cancellation of towel service.[12]

He commented on a letter circulated by some of his Democratic colleagues calling for the gym to close until the government can reopen.[12]

"They must not have been down to the gym lately... There's hardly anybody working down there. There's no towel service, we're doing our own laundry down there. And we pay a fee to belong to the House gym. So this is no different than if you're working for an employer that offers a wellness program. You pay a fee to belong, that's what we do there."

Braley said he was glad the gym had stayed open because it is one of the few places Democrats and Republicans build relationships.[12]

Republican challenger David Young jumped on Braley's comment, saying, "It's unfortunate that Congressman Braley is more concerned with the towel service at the Members Only gym than he is getting government back to work for Iowa taxpayers... If elected to the U.S. Senate, I will bring my own towel to my gym, and I will do everything I can to make sure the federal government passes on time budgets, gets our fiscal house in order, and averts government shutdowns."[12]

In a statement, Braley's office said the congressman's larger point had "nothing" to do with the House gym.[12]

"Bruce’s point had nothing to do with the gym, but that the government shutdown is causing real pain for thousands of Iowa workers and the Iowa economy. People want Congress to get serious about ending the shutdown and are sick and tired of political attacks from Republicans that do nothing to bring people together," said Braley spokesman Jeff Giertz.[12]

Legislative actions

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1%) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[13] For more information pertaining to Braley's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[14]

National security

American response in Syria
See also: United States involvement in Syria

More than one hundred House lawmakers signed a letter urging President Barack Obama to call Congress back into session if he plans to use military force in Syria.[15]

Rep. Scott Rigell wrote in the letter in August 2013 that “engaging our military in Syria when no direct threat to the United States exists and without prior congressional authorization would violate the separation of powers that is clearly delineated in the Constitution.”[15][16]

The letter notes that the lawmakers believe Obama should have asked Congress for permission when he sent cruise missiles and bombs into Libya. “If the use of 221 Tomahawk cruise missles, 704 Joint Direct Attack Munitions, and 42 Predator Hellfire missiles expended in Libya does not constitute ‘hostilities,’ what does?” the signers ask.[16]

“If you deem that military action in Syria is necessary, Congress can reconvene at your request,” the letter reads. “We stand ready to come back into session, consider the facts before us, and share the burden of decisions made regarding U.S. involvement in the quickly escalating Syrian conflict.”[16]

Ninety-eight of the signers of the letter were Republicans. Braley was one of eighteen Democratic members to sign the letter.[16]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Braley voted in favor of HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[17]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "Yes" Braley voted in favor of House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.[17]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "No" Braley voted against HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[18] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[17]

NDAA

Voted "Yes" Braley voted in support of HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[17]

Economy

Farm bill

Voted "Yes" On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, also known as the Farm Bill.[19] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill reformed and continued various programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop.[20][21] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[21] Braley voted with 88 other Democratic representatives in favor of the bill.

2014 Budget

Voted "Yes" On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[22][23] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and 3 Democrats voting against the bill.[23] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[24] It included a 1% increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and left the Affordable Care Act without any drastic cuts. Braley joined with the majority of the Democratic party and voted in favor of the bill.[22][23]

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "No" On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[25] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[26] Braley voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[27]

Voted "Yes" The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[28] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Braley voted for HR 2775.[29]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "No" Braley voted against House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States. The vote largely followed party lines.[17]

Healthcare

Healthcare Reform Rules

Voted "No" Braley voted against House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[17]

Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act

Voted "No" Braley voted against HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act of 2013. The bill passed through the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 232-185. The bill would prevent the IRS and Treasury Secretary from enforcing the powers provided to them in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The vote largely followed party lines.[17]

Social issues

Amash amendment

Voted "Yes" Braley voted in favor of House Amendment 413 - Prohibits the National Security Agency from Collecting Records Under the Patriot Act. The amendment failed on July 4, 2013, by a vote of 205-217. The amendment would have prohibited the collection of records by the National Security Agency under the Patriot Act. Both parties were split on the vote.[17]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Braley voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was 1 of 172 Democrats who voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[30]

Elections

2014

See also: United States Senate elections in Iowa, 2014

Braley is running for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by veteran Sen. Tom Harkin. Harkin will retire at the end of his current term, leaving the seat open for the 2014 election.[31][32] Braley is running as a Democratic candidate for the United States Senate in the 2014 elections in Iowa. The general election takes place on November 4, 2014.

Endorsements

Retiring Sen. Tom Harkin formally endorsed Braley as his replacement.[33] In a statement on April 20, 2013, Harkin endorsed the him, saying "Braley has fought for working people and the struggling middle class."[33]

Other endorsements include Democrats Iowa Rep. Dave Loebsack, former congressman Leonard Boswell, Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller and Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald.[33]

At Tom Harkin's 36th Annual Steak Fry in September 2013, the proceeds of which go toward To Organize a Majority PAC, several key Democratic members endorsed Braley for Harkin's seat.[34]

“Folks, you have been so kind and generous to me in all of the years I have represented you in both the House and 30 years in the Senate,” Tom Harkin said. “I want you to know there is only one person I want to pass that baton to, and that’s our next United States’ senator, Bruce Braley.”[34]

Vice President Joe Biden also endorsed Braley.[34]“I’ve gotten to get to know Bruce,” Biden said. “Tom admires him, and it’s why I think he is going to be a great senator. He is absolutely authentic. I told Bruce I would come campaign for him or against him, whichever would help him most.”[34]

Gabrielle Giffords, and her husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly, took part in a fundraiser in Des Moines on October 27, 2013.[35]

Washington Post top 10 races

According to an analysis by The Washington Post, the U.S. Senate election in Iowa is considered one of the top 10 Senate races of 2014 as of December 2013. By late 2013 Republican candidate fundraising had not put up impressive fundraising. However, Rep. Braley had been continuing to put up high numbers.[36]

2012

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

Braley ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Iowa's 1st District. Braley won the nomination on the Democratic ticket.[37] Braley ran unopposed in the Democratic primary. He defeated Ben Lange in the general election, who defeated Rod Blum in the Republican Primary.[38] 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 2012 challenger Ben Lange in 2010 general election. Braley won by approximately 2% of the vote.[39]

Issues

Braley has been very vocal in his support of a wind energy tax credit in Iowa that is set to expire in 2013.[40] A full list of Braley's policy positions were available on his campaign website.[41]

On August 1, 2012, 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."[42]

Media

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


Ben Lange, "Brooklyn, Iowa"[43]

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Braley is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Braley raised a total of $8,421,503 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 17, 2013.[47]

Bruce Braley's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Iowa, District 1) Won $2,687,007
2010 US House (Iowa, District 1) Won $2,098,471
2008 US House (Iowa, District 1) Won $1,150,967
2006 US House (Iowa, District 1) Won $2,485,058
Grand Total Raised $8,421,503

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Braley's reports.[48]

Bruce Braley (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[49]April 15, 2013$0.00$1,035,875.92$(31,259.28)$1,004,606.64
July Quarterly[50]July 13, 2013$1,004,606.64$1,258,495.47$(257,324.01)$2,005,778.10
October Quarterly[51]October 15, 2013$2,005,778.10$2,906,320.60$(582,969.55)$2,323,351.05
Year-end[52]January 31, 2014$2,323,351$1,020,227$(732,786)$2,610,791
Running totals
$6,220,918.99$(1,604,338.84)

2012

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

Braley won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Braley's campaign committee raised a total of $2,687,007 and spent $2,664,440.[53] This is more than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[54]

Cost per vote

Braley spent $11.98 per vote received in 2012.

2010

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.[55]

U.S. House, Iowa District 1, 2010 - Bruce Braley Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $2,098,471
Total Spent $2,357,364
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $519,505
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $515,562
Top contributors to Bruce Braley's campaign committee
Waters & Kraus$13,950
American Assn for Justice$13,750
Searcy, Denney et al$13,200
JStreetPAC$11,650
VGM Group$11,650
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Lawyers/Law Firms$793,517
Health Professionals$138,500
Leadership PACs$69,322
Building Trade Unions$61,000
Public Sector Unions$60,200

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Braley is a "rank-and-file Democrat," as of June 18, 2013.[56]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[57]

Braley most often votes with:

Braley least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Braley missed 286 of 5,226 roll call votes from January 2007 to March 2013. This amounts to 5.5%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[58]

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 ranked 73rd on the list of the highest paid Democratic representative staff salaries and ranked 94th overall of the highest paid representative staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Iowa ranked 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.[59]

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, Braley's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $216,071 and $1,406,000. That averages to $811,035.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Braley ranked as the 229th most wealthy representative in 2012.[60]

Bruce Braley Yearly Net Worth
YearAvg. Net WorthAvg. Citizen Net Worth
2012$811,035.50$71,000

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year.

2012

Braley ranked 102nd in the liberal rankings in 2012.[61]

2011

Braley ranked 87th in the liberal rankings.[62]

Voting with party

June 2013

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Bruce Braley has voted with the Democratic Party 94.1% of the time, which ranked 125th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[63]

Personal

Braley and his wife Carolyn (nee Kalb) have been married since 1983. They have three children and live in Waterloo, Iowa.[64]

Recent news

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See also

External links


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U.S. House of Representatives - Iowa District 1
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