Bruce Braley

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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, 2015
Years in position 8
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 7, 2006
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
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]


Committee assignments

U.S. House


Braley serves on the following committees:[6]


Braley served on the following committees[7]


Specific votes

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 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.[8]



See also: Iowa gubernatorial election, 2014 and United States Senate elections in Iowa, 2014

Braley is considered a potential 2014 candidate for Governor of Iowa as well as U.S. Senate in light of veteran Sen. Tom Harkin's announcement that he will retire at the end of his current term.[9]


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.[10] Braley ran unopposed in the Democratic primary. He defeated Ben Lange in the general election, who defeated Rod Blum in the Republican Primary.[11] 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.[12]


Braley has been very vocal in his support of a wind energy tax credit in Iowa that is set to expire in 2013.[13] A full list of Braley's policy positions can be found at his campaign website.[14]

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."[15]


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

Ben Lange, "Brooklyn, Iowa"[16]


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.[17]

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)[18] Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[19]April 15, 2012$627,426.33$323,998.11$(122,891.66)$828,532.78
Pre-Primary[20]May 24, 2012$828,532.78$101,027.64$(125,442.43)$804,117.99
July Quarterly[21]July 15, 2012$804,117.99$342,675.48$(51,407.16)$1,095,386.31
October Quarterly[22]October 15, 2012$1,095,386.31$481,099.13$(1,001,700.88)$574,784.56
Pre-General[23]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.[24]


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 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.[25]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - 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.[26]

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.[27]

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.[28]

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.[29]

External links


  1. Politico "2012 House Race Results"
  2. Gov Track "Braley" Accessed Sept. 10, 2012
  3. Biographical Guide to Members of Congress "Bruce Braley" Accessed November 5, 2011
  4. Biography "Bruce Braley" Accessed November 5, 2011
  5. [1] Official Biography
  6., "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  7. :U.S. Congress House Clerk "House of Representatives Committee Assignments" Accessed November 5, 2011
  8. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  9. 'Desmoines Register, "Register Exclusive: Bruce Braley weighs bid for governor," January 13, 2013
  10. The Iowa Republican "Ben Lange Prepares to make another run at Braley" December 16, 2011
  11. KCCI "Iowa Primary Results"
  12. WCF Courier "Lange wins GOP nomination and rematch with Braley"
  13. "Iowa delegation reacts harshly to Siemens layoffs"
  14. Campaign Website
  15. Des Moines Register "1st District challenger Ben Lange announces complaint against incumbent Bruce Braley"
  16. YouTube channel
  17. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010" Accessed November 5, 2011
  18. FEC Reports "Bruce Braley Summary Reports" Accessed July 13, 2012
  19. FEC Reports "April Quarterly," Accessed July 13, 2012
  20. FEC Reports "Pre-Primary," Accessed July 13, 2012
  21. FEC Reports "July Quarterly," Accessed October 31, 2012
  22. FEC Reports "October Quarterly," Accessed October 31, 2012
  23. FEC Reports "Pre-General," Accessed October 31, 2012
  24. Open Secrets "Bruce Braley 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 5, 2011
  25. LegiStorm "Bruce Braley"
  26., "Braley, (D-Iowa), 2010"
  27. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  28. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  29. Official House Site "Bruce at a Glance," Accessed November 5, 2011
Political offices
Preceded by
Jim Nussle
U.S. House of Representatives - Iowa District 1
Succeeded by