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The U.S. Representative for Iowa's 2nd congressional district, serving since 2007.
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ENG: David Wayne "Dave" Loebsack (born December 23, 1952) is the U.S. Representative for Iowa's 2nd congressional district, serving since 2007. He is a member of the Democratic Party. The district is located in southeastern Iowa and includes Cedar Rapids, Iowa City and Ottumwa. Prior to entering Congress, he was a professor of political science. Early life, education and career Loebsack was born in Sioux City, Iowa and was raised in a single parent, lower class household. He graduated from East High School and attended college at Iowa State University. There, Loebsack earned both a bachelor's and a master's degree in political science. After receiving a PhD from the University of California, Davis, Loebsack took a job as a political science professor at Cornell College, a small ...
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Attorney to challenge Loebsack in new 2nd District

A Quad-Cities attorney and school board member has announced plans to challenge U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack in Iowa’s new 2nd District. John Archer, 39, senior legal counsel for John Deere and a member of the Pleasant Valley School Board, said Wednesday he has filed formed a campaign committee in the new 24-county district that includes Johnson County. More information can be found at www.ArcherforCongress.com. “It’s time for the United States to get serious about winning the future, and I’m ready to lead,” Archer said in his announcement. “We can no longer ...

Loebsack abandons Iowa farmers

John Archer called out Congressman Dave Loebsack for abandoning Iowa farmers in opposing the most recent free trade agreements with Columbia, Panama and South Korea. “Congressman Loebsack’s ‘no vote’ underscores his inability to understand how government can actually help our economy recover. America is first-rate at producing food and goods, but we need additional markets to enhance the opportunities to sell our goods, which will ultimately lead to job creation. Loebsack’s ‘no vote’ was a thumb in the eye to Iowa’s family farmer, and our ...

Loebsack sees long-term benefit of national flood center

Despite concerns about the federal budget, Iowa Congressman Dave Loebsack said Monday in Iowa City he thinks federal funding for a proposed national flood center is important and could provide savings in the long term. The research of flood preparation and mitigation that would happen at a national flood center could lead to some prevention of flood damage to property and eventual savings by lessening the federal money needed to help people after flood disasters, and by creating efficiencies in government agency cooperation, Loebsack said. Climate change, increased development and changing ...

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Loebsack, Bacon Reintroduce Legislation to Cut Member Pay
Congressman Dave Loebsack (IA-02) announced today that he has reintroduced legislation that would cut Member’s pay for the first time since the Great Depression. Loebsack was joined by Rep. Don Bacon (NE-02) in cosponsoring the legislation. The bipartisan Congressional Halt in Pay Increases (CHIP IN) and Cut Congressional Pay Act (HR 1786) would cut their pay by 10 percent and repeal automatic pay increases that currently take place. “I came to Washington to fight on behalf of hard working Iowans and I strongly believe that those elected to serve shouldn’t be in it to line their own pockets. That is why it is time to cut Members’ pay and stop the automatic increases that come along with it,” said Loebsack. “As part of my commitment, I will continue to fight to hold Members of Congress accountable and ensure they are doing the job they were sent to Washington to do. It is time to end the pay system that has prevented any cut in Congressional pay since 1933 – over eight
Loebsack Statement on the House Republicans Pulling the ACA Repeal Bill
Congressman Dave Loebsack released the following statement today after House Republicans pulled the legislation that would repeal the ACA. “Today is the inevitable result of seven years of choosing cynical political rhetoric over honest policy debate. I remain committed today, just as I have been every day, to work in good faith with anyone in an honest attempt to improve the lives and healthcare of hardworking Iowans.”
Loebsack Announces 2017 Congressional High School Art Competition
Congressman Dave Loebsack announced today that high school students in the Iowa’s Second Congressional District may now submit their original artwork to be considered for the 2017 Congressional Art Competition. The annual competition is hosted by the United States House of Representatives to recognize talented young artists from across the nation. The winning student from each district is invited to Washington, D.C. to attend a reception held in their honor and will have his or her artwork displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year. The deadline for entries to be received is April 21st. “The vast amount of talent that Iowa’s students display year after year continues to amaze me. The creativity of our talented young artists demonstrates that the arts are thriving in Iowa,” said Loebsack. “For a young artist, having your artwork displayed in the U.S. Capitol is quite a remarkable accomplishment. I look forward to seeing this year’s entries and meeting the winning student.
Loebsack Statement on Delaying the Healthcare Repeal Vote
Congressman Dave Loebsack released the following statement after House Republicans pushed back a scheduled vote on their plan to repeal the ACA. Republican leaders have been saying for the past week that there would be a vote on their repeal bill this evening.   “After seven years and a billion dollars in campaign advertisements spent, Republicans still haven’t been able to come up with a plan to provide quality, affordable healthcare to Americans. The legislation they’re trying to pass, which was cobbled together late in the night and behind closed doors, rips healthcare coverage from 24 million Americans, rations care for the nations most disadvantaged, including seniors, children, people with disabilities and the working poor, puts increased pressure on rural hospitals and implements an “age-tax”, all to give a tax break to millionaires, billionaires and corporations. I am hopeful that Republicans will now put this farce behind them and start talking about issues t

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