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Iowa's 1st Congressional District elections, 2014

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Iowa's 1st Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
June 3, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Bruce Braley Democratic Party
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 1st congressional district of Iowa will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.

Iowa has a mostly closed primary system: voters must be registered with the Democratic or Republican party in order to vote in the primary, but they may switch their party affiliation on election day.

Heading into the election the incumbent is Bruce Braley (D), who was first elected in 2006. Braley is not seeking re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He plans to run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Tom Harkin.[1]

Iowa's 1st Congressional District covers the northeastern part of the state. The district includes Worth, Mitchell, Howard, Winneshiek, Allamakee, Clayton, Fayette, Bremer, Black Hawk, Buchanan, Delaware, Dubuque, Jackson, Jones, Linn, Benton, Iowa, Poweshiek, Marshall and Tama counties.[2]


Note: Prior to the signature filing deadline, candidates will be added when Ballotpedia writers come across declared candidates. If you see a name of a candidate who is missing, please email us and we will add that name. As the election draws closer, more information will be added to this page.

Announced candidates

Rumored candidates

Withdrew from race

Declined to run

District history


On November 6, 2012, Bruce Braley (R) won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Ben Lange, Gregory Hughes, and George Todd Krail II in the general election.

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"


On November 2, 2010, Bruce 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.[25]

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

See also

External links


  1. 'Desmoines Register, "Register Exclusive: Bruce Braley weighs bid for governor," January 13, 2013
  2. Iowa Redistricting Map "Map" accessed July 24, 2012
  3. Des Moines Register "Democrat Dave O’Brien running for Congress" accessed July 10, 2013
  4. TH Herald, "Pat Murphy to run for Congress," February 13, 2013
  5. Bleeding Heartland "IA-01: Democrat Monica Vernon is in" accessed June 5, 2013
  6. Marion Patch "A Return to Election Politics for Swati Dandekar?" accessed May 22, 2013
  7. Des Moines Register "Dandekar joins race for congressional seat" accessed July 26, 2013
  8. KWWL "State Rep. Anesa Kajtazovic explores run for U.S. House" accessed July 9, 2013
  9. The Gazette, "Anesa Kajtazovic formally entering Iowa 1st District Democratic race," accessed August 20, 2013
  10. Marion Patch "Rod Blum Enters First Congressional District Race" accessed March 28, 2013
  11. 11.0 11.1 Politics1 "Iowa's 1st Congressional District" accessed April 22, 2013
  12. Gail Boliver for Congress, "Home," accessed January 13, 2014
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 The DesMoines Register, "Pat Murphy to run for Congress," February 13, 2013
  14., "Iowa state senator announces plans to run for Braley's House seat," March 9, 2013
  15. Sioux City Journal, "Iowa's U.S. House 1st District GOP field doubles; Pate, Rogers join race," accessed September 16, 2013
  16. CT post, "State Rep. Walt Rogers of Iowa quits US House race," accessed March 1, 2014
  17. WCF Courier, "Cedar Falls State Rep. Walt Rogers forms group to probe run for Congress," accessed September 16, 2013
  18. Daily Iowan, "Rep. Walt Rogers throws his hat in the ring," accessed September 27, 2013
  19. Des Moines Register "Handful of Democrats eyeing Braley seat in northeast Iowa" accessed May 22, 2013
  20. The Gazette "Paulsen confirms he’s considering 2014 U.S. House 1st District race" accessed May 29, 2013
  21. Des Moines Register, "Iowa House Speaker Kraig Paulsen will not run for Congress," accessed August 9, 2013
  22. Dubuque Telegraph Herald, "Iowa House Speaker Paulsen will not run for 1st District seat," accessed August 9, 2013
  23. TH Online, "Lange says he will not run for Congress in 2014," accessed June 24, 2013.
  24. Iowa Republican "First Congressional Race" accessed April 22,2 013
  25. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010" Accessed November 5, 2011