|U.S. House, Iowa, District 1|
|January 3, 2007-Present|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||8|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||November 7, 2006|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|High school||B.G.M. High School, Brooklyn, Iowa|
|Bachelor's||Iowa State University|
|J.D.||University of Iowa|
|Date of birth||October 30, 1957|
|Place of birth||Grinnell, Iowa|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Career
- 3 Committee assignments
- 4 Issues
- 5 Elections
- 6 Campaign donors
- 7 Analysis
- 8 Recent news
- 9 Personal
- 10 External links
- 11 References
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. In 1983, Bradley married Carolyn Kalb and moved to Waterloo, Iowa.
- 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. 
Braley serves on the following committees:
Braley served on the following committees
- Oversight and Government Reform Committee
- Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs, Stimulus Oversight and Government Spending
- Subcommittee on National Security, Homeland Defense and Foreign Operations
- Veterans' Affairs Committee
- Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity Ranking Member
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.
Braley ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Iowa's 1st District. Braley won the nomination on the Democratic ticket. Braley ran unopposed in the Democratic primary. He defeated Ben Lange in the general election, who defeated Rod Blum 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.
|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"|
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."
The following is a political TV ad launched by Bruce Braley's campaign.
Ben Lange, "Brooklyn, Iowa"
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.
|Bruce Braley (2012) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2012||$627,426.33||$323,998.11||$(122,891.66)||$828,532.78|
|Pre-Primary||May 24, 2012||$828,532.78||$101,027.64||$(125,442.43)||$804,117.99|
|July Quarterly||July 15, 2012||$804,117.99||$342,675.48||$(51,407.16)||$1,095,386.31|
|October Quarterly||October 15, 2012||$1,095,386.31||$481,099.13||$(1,001,700.88)||$574,784.56|
|Pre-General||October 25, 2012||$574,784.56||$104,369.86||$(302,451.42)||$376,703.00|
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.
|U.S. House of Representatives, Iowa's 1st Congressional District, 2010 - Bruce Braley Campaign Contributions|
|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|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Building Trade Unions||$61,000|
|Public Sector Unions||$60,200|
Congressional Staff Salaries
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.
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.
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. Braley ranked 87th in the liberal rankings.
Percentage voting with party
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.
This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term Bruce + Braley + Iowa + House
- All stories may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of the search engine.
Braley and his wife Carolyn (nee Kalb) have been married since 1983. They have three children and live in Waterloo, Iowa.
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- Politico "2012 House Race Results"
- Gov Track "Braley" Accessed Sept. 10, 2012
- Biographical Guide to Members of Congress "Bruce Braley" Accessed November 5, 2011
- Biography "Bruce Braley" Accessed November 5, 2011
-  Official Biography
- CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
- :U.S. Congress House Clerk "House of Representatives Committee Assignments" Accessed November 5, 2011
- U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
- 'Desmoines Register, "Register Exclusive: Bruce Braley weighs bid for governor," January 13, 2013
- The Iowa Republican "Ben Lange Prepares to make another run at Braley" December 16, 2011
- KCCI "Iowa Primary Results"
- WCF Courier "Lange wins GOP nomination and rematch with Braley"
- THOnline.com "Iowa delegation reacts harshly to Siemens layoffs"
- Campaign Website
- Des Moines Register "1st District challenger Ben Lange announces complaint against incumbent Bruce Braley"
- YouTube channel
- U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010" Accessed November 5, 2011
- FEC Reports "Bruce Braley Summary Reports" Accessed July 13, 2012
- FEC Reports "April Quarterly," Accessed July 13, 2012
- FEC Reports "Pre-Primary," Accessed July 13, 2012
- FEC Reports "July Quarterly," Accessed October 31, 2012
- FEC Reports "October Quarterly," Accessed October 31, 2012
- FEC Reports "Pre-General," Accessed October 31, 2012
- Open Secrets "Bruce Braley 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 5, 2011
- LegiStorm "Bruce Braley"
- OpenSecrets.org, "Braley, (D-Iowa), 2010"
- National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
- OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
- Official House Site "Bruce at a Glance," Accessed November 5, 2011
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