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Dave Loebsack
David Loebsack.jpg
U.S. House, Iowa, District 2
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 schoolEast High School, Sioux City, Iowa
Bachelor'sIowa State University
Master'sIowa State University
Ph.D.University of California, Davis
Date of birthDecember 23, 1952
Place of birthSioux City, Iowa
Office website
Personal website
Dave Loebsack campaign logo
David Wayne "Dave" Loebsack (b. December 23, 1952) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives representing Iowa's 2nd congressional district. Loebsack was first elected to the House in 2006. Loebsack defeated Joe Seng in the Democratic primary on June 5, 2012 and was re-elected in Novemebr 2012.[1][2]

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Loebsack is a "rank-and-file Democrat".[3]


Loebsack was born in 1952 in Sioux City, Iowa, where he also attended high school. He earned his B.S. and M.A. Iowa State University in 1974 and 1976, respectively, and received his Ph.D. from UC Davis in 1985. Prior to his political career, Loebsack worked as a professor of political science.[4]


Committee assignments

U.S. House of Representatives


Loebsack served on the following House committees:[5]


Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Loebsack 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.[6]



See also: Iowa's 2nd congressional district elections, 2012

Loebsack ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Iowa's 2nd District. Loebsack won the nomination on the Democratic ticket.[7] Loebsack defeated Joe Seng in the Democratic primary.[1] He defeated John Archer in the general election, who defeated Dan Dolan in the Republican primary.[1] 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.[8]

U.S. House, Iowa District 2 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDave Loebsack Incumbent 55.6% 211,863
     Republican John Archer 42.5% 161,977
     Independent Alan Aversa 1.9% 7,112
Total Votes 380,952
Source: Iowa Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

U.S. House of Representatives Iowa, District 2 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDave Loebsack Incumbent 81.7% 17,467
Joe Seng 18.3% 3,913
Total Votes 21,380


Loebsack released this campaign ad on Sept. 20, 2012. It targets Archer for outsourcing.

Dave Loebsack, "The Problem"[9]

Dave Loebsack


Dave Loebsack vs. John Archer
Poll Dave Loebsack John ArcherUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Desmoines Register (June 25 to 27, 2012)
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Campaign Themes

The issues below are highlighted on Loebsack's campaign website.

  • Jobs

Excerpt: "We must take our economy back and ensure that the people on Main Street, the ordinary people who are the backbone of this nation, are able to once again live in a country where the American Dream is attainable."[10]

  • Education

Excerpt: "As the husband of a retired teacher, I am committed to increasing state and local flexibility balanced with strategic federal support and safeguards so that all Iowa students receive a top-quality education."[11]

  • Tax Relief

Excerpt: "In order to help Iowa families and small businesses move forward, I have pushed for a number of tax cuts and incentives. That includes tax cuts to help small businesses hire and invest in the equipment that will help them grow, as well as providing tax credits to employers who hire veterans."[12]

  • Healthcare

Excerpt: "I believe in a health care system that puts patients before insurance company profits. As a result of health care reform, insurers can no longer drop Iowans’ coverage when they get sick or deny coverage to children because of a preexisting condition."[13]


On November 2, 2010, Loebsack won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R), Gary Sicard (L), and Jon Tack (C) in the general election.[14]

U.S. House of Representatives, Iowa's 2nd Congressional District, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDave Loebsack Incumbent 51% 115,839
     Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks 45.9% 104,319
     Liberterian Gary Sicard 1.9% 4,356
     Constitution Jon Tack 1.1% 2,463
     Independent Write-In 0.1% 198
Total Votes 227,175

Campaign donors


Dave Loebsack (2012)[15] Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[16]April 15, 2012$451,960.55$210,300.97$(39,949.38)$622,312.14
Pre-Primary[17]May 24, 2012$622,312.14$113,399.99$(35,385.74)$700,326.39
Running totals

On October 15, 2012, quarterly reports were submitted by campaigns to the Federal Election Commission. The political blog Daily Kos did an analysis of the fundraising figures and found Republican challenger John Archer (Iowa 2) outraised Democratic incumbent Dave Loebsack in the third quarter. Archer raised $417,000 to Loebsack's $312,000.[18]


Breakdown of the source of Loebsack'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, Loebsack's campaign committee raised a total of $1,122,051 and spent $1,225,837.[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. Loebsack paid his congressional staff a total of $941,229 in 2011. He ranked 45th on the list of the lowest paid Democratic Representative Staff Salaries and he ranked 192nd overall of the lowest 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.[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, Loebsack's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $228,017 and $770,000. That averages to $499,008.50, which was lower than the average net worth of Democratic Representatives in 2010 of $4,465,875.[21]

Political Positions

Percentage voting with party

November 2011

Dave Loebsack voted with the Democratic Party 92.1% of the time, which ranked 117 among the 192 House Democratic members as of November 2011.[22]

Recent news

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Loebsack has four grown children with his wife, Terry.[23]

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 KCCI "June 5 Iowa State Primary Results" Accessed June 5, 2012
  2. Politico "2012 House Race Results"
  3. Gov Track "Loebsack" Accessed May 15, 2012
  4. Biographical Guide to Members of Congress "Dave Loebsack" Accessed November 5, 2011
  5. U.S. Congress House Clerk "House of Representatives Committee Assignments" Accessed November 5, 2011
  6. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  7. The Iowa Independent "Loebsack makes re-election hopes in new 2nd District official" Accessed December 16, 2011
  8. Iowa Secretary of State "2012 primary results"
  9. YouTube channel
  10. Dave Loebsack "Themes," Accessed: October 11, 2012
  11. Dave Loebsack "Themes," Accessed: October 11, 2012
  12. Dave Loebsack "Themes," Accessed: October 11, 2012
  13. Dave Loebsack "Themes," Accessed: October 11, 2012
  14. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010" Accessed November 5, 2011
  15. FEC Reports "Dave Loebsack Summary Reports" Accessed July 14, 2012
  16. FEC Reports "April Quarterly" Accessed July 13, 2012
  17. FEC Reports "Pre-Primary" Accessed July 13, 2012
  18. Daily Kos "Third quarter House fundraising: who's got the cash?" October 18, 2012
  19. Open Secrets "Dave Loebsack 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 5, 2011
  20. LegiStorm "Dave Loebsack"
  21. OpenSecrets.org, "Loebsack, (D-Iowa), 2010"
  22. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  23. Official House Site "Biography," Accessed November 5, 2011
Political offices
Preceded by
Jim Leach
U.S. House of Representatives - Iowa District 2
Succeeded by