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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
PredecessorJim Leach (R)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 7, 2006
Next primaryJune 3, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$4,093,410
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
Net worth$610,009
Office website
Personal website
Dave Loebsack campaign logo
David Wayne "Dave" Loebsack (b. December 23, 1952, in Sioux City, Iowa) 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 on November 6, 2012.[1][2]

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


Loebsack was born on December 23, 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.[3]


Committee assignments

U.S. House


Loebsack serves on the following committees:[4]


Loebsack served on the following House committees:[5]


Legislative actions

113th Congress


The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 224 out of the 3215 introduced bills (7 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session.[6] For more information pertaining to Loebsack's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[7]

National security

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

More than 100 House lawmakers signed a letter urging President Barack Obama to call Congress back into session if he planned to use military force in Syria.[8]

Rep. Scott Rigell wrote in the letter in August 2013, “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.”[8][9]

The members of Congress believed that Obama should have asked Congress for permission before engaging in Libya. The letter asked, “If the use of 221 Tomahawk cruise missles, [sic] 704 Joint Direct Attack Munitions, and 42 Predator Hellfire missiles expended in Libya does not constitute ‘hostilities,’ what does?”[9]

The letter stated, “If you deem that military action in Syria is necessary, Congress can reconvene at your request. 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."[9]

A total of 98 Republicans signed the letter. Loebsack was one of 18 Democratic members to sign the letter.[9]

On August 29, 2013, more than 50 House Democrats signed a letter written by California Rep. Barbara Lee that called for a congressional resolution on strikes, and cautioned that the dire situation in Syria "should not draw us into an unwise war—especially without adhering to our constitutional requirements."[9][10] The letter also called on the Obama administration to work with the U.N. Security Council “to build international consensus” condemning the alleged use of chemical weapons. Loebsack was one of the 50 Democrats in the House to sign the letter.[9][10]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Loebsack 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.[11]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "Yes" Loebsack 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.[11]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "No" Loebsack 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.[12] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[11]


Voted "Yes" Loebsack 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.[11]


Farm bill

Yea3.png 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.[13] 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.[14][15] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[15] Loebsack voted with 88 other Democratic representatives in favor of the bill.

2014 Budget

Yea3.png 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.[16][17] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[17] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[18] It included a 1 percent 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 the protection of the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. Loebsack joined with the majority of the Democratic party and voted in favor of the bill.[16][17]

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.[19] 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.[20] Dave Loebsack voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[21]

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 funds 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.[22] 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. Loebsack voted for HR 2775.[23]


Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "No" Loebsack 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.[11]


Healthcare Reform Rules

Voted "No" Loebsack 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.[11]

Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act

Voted "No" Loebsack 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.[11]

Social issues

Amash amendment

Voted "Yes" Loebsack 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.[11]

Previous congressional sessions

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 1 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.[24]



See also: Iowa's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2014

Loebsack is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If he runs, he will seek the Democratic nomination in the primary election. The general election took place November 4, 2014.


See also: Iowa's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2012

Loebsack ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Iowa's 2nd District. Loebsack won the nomination on the Democratic ticket.[25] 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.[26]

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, 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"[27]

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."[28]

  • 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."[29]

  • 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."[30]

  • 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."[31]

Full history

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Loebsack is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Loebsack raised a total of $4,093,410 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 7, 2013.[35]

Dave Loebsack's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (Iowa, District 2) Won $1,562,539
2010 U.S. House (Iowa, District 2) Won $1,122,051
2008 U.S. House (Iowa, District 2) Won $887,184
2006 U.S. House (Iowa, District 2) Won $521,636
Grand Total Raised $4,093,410


Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Loebsack's reports.[36]


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

Loebsack won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Loebsack's campaign committee raised a total of $1,562,539 and spent $1,544,560.[42] This is more than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[43]

Cost per vote

Loebsack spent $7.29 per vote received in 2012.


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

Loebsack 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.[44]


Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Loebsack is a "rank-and-file Democrat," as of June 18, 2013.[45]

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.[46]

Loebsack most often votes with:

Loebsack least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Loebsack missed 133 of 5,226 roll call votes from January 2007 to March 2013. This amounts to 2.5%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[47]

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 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.[48]

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, Loebsack's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $298,018 and $922,000. That averages to $610,009, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Loebsack ranked as the 253rd most wealthy representative in 2012.[49]

Dave Loebsack Yearly Net Worth
YearAvg. Net Worth% Difference from previous year

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.


Loebsack ranked 154th in the liberal rankings in 2012.[50]


Loebsack ranked 137th in the liberal rankings.[51]

Voting with party

June 2013

Dave Loebsack voted with the Democratic Party 92.7% of the time, which ranked 151st among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[52]


Loebsack has four grown children with his wife, Terry.[53]

Recent news

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See also

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. Biographical Guide to Members of Congress "Dave Loebsack" Accessed November 5, 2011
  4. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  5. U.S. Congress House Clerk "House of Representatives Committee Assignments" Accessed November 5, 2011
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  8. 8.0 8.1 Yahoo, "65 Lawmakers Ask Obama to Consult on Syria," accessed August 28, 2013
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 Politico, "33 lawmakers: Congress must approve Syria action," accessed August 28, 2013
  10. 10.0 10.1 Washington Post, "More than 50 House Democrats also want Syria strike resolution," accessed September 2, 2013
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 11.5 11.6 11.7 Project Votesmart, "Dave Loebsack Key Votes," accessed October 11, 2013
  12. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  13. Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
  14. Politico, "House clears farm bill," accessed February 12, 2014
  15. 15.0 15.1 NY Times, "Senate Passes Long-Stalled Farm Bill, With Clear Winners and Losers," accessed February 12, 2014
  16. 16.0 16.1 CNN.com, "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
  18. Roll Call, "House passes $1.1 trillion omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
  19. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  20. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  21. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  22. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  23. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  24. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  25. The Iowa Independent "Loebsack makes re-election hopes in new 2nd District official" Accessed December 16, 2011
  26. Iowa Secretary of State "2012 primary results"
  27. YouTube channel
  28. Dave Loebsack "Themes," Accessed: October 11, 2012
  29. Dave Loebsack "Themes," Accessed: October 11, 2012
  30. Dave Loebsack "Themes," Accessed: October 11, 2012
  31. Dave Loebsack "Themes," Accessed: October 11, 2012
  32. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  33. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  34. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  35. Open Secrets "Dave Loebsack" Accessed April 7, 2013
  36. Federal Election Commission "Dave Loebsack 2014 Summary reports," Accessed July 24, 2013
  37. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly" accessed July 25, 2013
  38. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly" accessed July 25, 2013
  39. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 24, 2013
  40. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 17, 2014
  41. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  42. Open Secrets "David Loebsack 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 20, 2013
  43. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  44. Open Secrets "David Loebsack 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 5, 2011
  45. Gov Track "Loebsack" Accessed June 18, 2013
  46. OpenCongress, "Rep. Dave Loebsack," Accessed August 1, 2013
  47. GovTrack, "Dave Loebsack," Accessed April 1, 2013
  48. LegiStorm "Dave Loebsack"
  49. OpenSecrets.org, "Loebsack (D-IA), 2012"
  50. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  51. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  52. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  53. Official House Site "Biography," Accessed November 5, 2011
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Preceded by
Jim Leach
U.S. House of Representatives - Iowa District 2
Succeeded by