Leonard Boswell

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Leonard Boswell
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U.S. House, Iowa, District 3
In office
January 3, 1997-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2013
Years in position 18
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 5, 1996
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Iowa State Senate
High schoolLamoni High School
Bachelor'sGraceland College
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Army
Years of service1956-1976
Date of birthJanurary 10, 1934
Place of birthHarrison County, Missouri
ReligionCommunity of Christ
Office website
Campaign website
Leonard Boswell campaign logo
Leonard L. Boswell (b. October 30, 1957) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives representing Iowa's 3rd congressional district. Boswell was first elected to the House in 1996.


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.[1]


Below is an abbreviated outline of Boswell's professional and political career[1]:

Prior to his political career, Boswell worked as a farmer.

Committee assignments

U.S. House of Representatives


Boswell serves on the following House committees:[2]


Political Positions

Percentage voting with party

November 2011

Leonard Boswell voted with the Democratic Party 85.5% of the time, which ranked 167 among the 192 House Democratic members as of November 2011.[3]



See also: Iowa's 3rd congressional district elections, 2012

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.[4] 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.

Opponent targeted

Boswell's Republican opponent, Rep. Tom Latham, has been targeted by the Super PAC House Majority PAC.[5] 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.[6][7]

"House Majority PAC ad against Tom Latham: 'Valentine's Day'"

"House Majority PAC ad against Tom Latham: 'Headlines'"

"House Majority PAC ad against Tom Latham: 'Bad Idea'"


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.[8]

U.S. House of Representatives, Iowa's 3rd Congressional District, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngLeonard Boswell Incumbent 50.7% 122,147
     Republican Brad Zaun 46.5% 111,925
     Socialist Workers Rebecca Williamson 2.6% 6,258
     Write-in 0.2% 426
Total Votes 240,756

Campaign donors


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

Boswell won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Boswell's campaign committee raised a total of $2,098,471 and spent $2,357,364.[9]

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Boswell and his wife, Dody, have three children and four grandchildren.[10]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Jim Lightfoot
U.S. House of Representatives - Iowa, District 3
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Iowa State Senate
Succeeded by