|U.S. House, Iowa, District 3|
|January 3, 1997-Present|
|January 3, 2013|
|Years in position||16|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 2, 2010|
|First elected||November 5, 1996|
|Next election||November 6, 2012|
|Iowa State Senate|
|High school||Lamoni High School|
|Years of service||1956-1976|
|Birthday||Janurary 10, 1934|
|Place of birth||Harrison County, Missouri|
|Religion||Community of Christ|
Boswell was born in 1934 in Harrison County, Missouri, and was raised in Lamoni, Iowa, where he also attended high school. He earned his B.A. from Graceland College in 1969 and served in the U.S. Army from 1956-1976.
Below is an abbreviated outline of Boswell's professional and political career:
- 1997-Present: U.S. House of Representatives, Iowa's 3rd congressional district
- 1979-1993: Board of Directors of the Local Farmer’s Cooperative
- 1984-1996: Iowa State Senate
- 1956-1976: U.S. Army
Prior to his political career, Boswell worked as a farmer.
U.S. House of Representatives
Boswell serves on the following House committees:
- Transportation and Infrastructure Committee
- Subcommittee on Aviation
- Subcommittee on Highways and Transit
- Agriculture Committee
- Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management Ranking Member
Percentage voting with party
The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Leonard Boswell has voted with the Democratic Party 85.5% of the time, which ranked 167 among the 192 House Democratic members as of November 2011.
Boswell is running in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Iowa's 3rd District. Boswell is seeking re-election on the Democratic ticket. Because of redistricting, Boswell faces 4th district Republican incumbent Tom Latham. Boswell is running unopposed in the Democratic primary. Latham is running unopposed in the Republican primary. Candidates wishing to run were required to file by the signature filing deadline of March 16, 2012. The primary elections will be held on June 5, 2012.
Boswell's Republican opponent, Rep. Tom Latham, has been targeted by the Super PAC House Majority PAC. Latham has a 4-1 campaign funding advantage over Boswell, but the Democratic-allied PAC has spent about $400,000 on defeating Latham, primarily through TV ads.
On November 2, 2010, Boswell won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Brad Zaun (R), Rebecca Williamson (Socialist Workers), and the write-in candidates in the general election.
|U.S. House of Representatives, Iowa's 3rd Congressional District, 2010 - Leonard Boswell Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by General Election Opponent||$682,761|
|Total Spent by General Election Opponent||$681,870|
|Top contributors to Leonard Boswell's campaign committee|
|Principal Financial Group||$15,400|
|National Auto Dealers Assn||$13,000|
|American Assn of Crop Insurers||$11,000|
|Rain & Hail Insurance Society||$11,000|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
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- Iowa keeping partisanship off the map - Boston Globe
- Obradovich: Latham challenger isn't afraid of change - DesMoinesRegister.com
- Jefferson embraces governor's veterans jobs initiative - Carroll Daily Times Herald
- Des Moines teacher seeks to oust Congressman Latham in GOP primary - DesMoinesRegister.com
- OUR OPINION: Cheers and Jeers - Sioux City Journal
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Boswell and his wife, Dody, have three children and four grandchildren.
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- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Biographical Guide to Members of Congress "Leonard L. Boswell" Accessed November 5, 2011
- ↑ U.S. Congress House Clerk "House of Representatives Committee Assignments" Accessed November 5, 2011
- ↑ OpenCongress "Voting With Party"
- ↑ WhoTV.com "POSITIVE OUTLOOK: Boswell said he feels confident about his chances" Accessed December 16, 2011
- ↑ Open Secrets "House Majority PAC Independent Expenditures," Accessed May 4, 2012
- ↑ Bloomberg "Super-PACs Ramp Up Spending on Races Where Control of Congress Is at Stake," March 8, 2012
- ↑ House Majority PAC "Our Ads," Accessed May 4, 2012
- ↑ U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010" Accessed November 5, 2011
- ↑ Open Secrets "Bruce Braley 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 5, 2011
- ↑ Official House Site "Biography," Accessed November 5, 2011
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