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Rep. David Loebsack

Representative for Iowa’s 2nd District

pronounced DAY-vid // LOHB-sak

Loebsack is the representative for Iowa’s 2nd congressional district (view map) and is a Democrat. He has served since Jan 4, 2007. Loebsack is next up for reelection in 2020.

Photo of Rep. David Loebsack [D-IA2]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2018 Report Card for Loebsack.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Loebsack is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Loebsack has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2015 to Nov 15, 2019. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Committee Membership

David Loebsack sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Loebsack was the primary sponsor of 2 bills that were enacted:

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Does 2 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Loebsack sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Education (33%) Health (25%) Armed Forces and National Security (15%) Science, Technology, Communications (12%) Labor and Employment (6%) Energy (4%) Emergency Management (4%)

Recent Bills

Some of Loebsack’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Loebsack voted Yea

Passed 338/88 on May 13, 2015.

The USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048, Pub.L. 114–23) is a U.S. law enacted on June 2, 2015 that restored in modified form several provisions of ...

Loebsack voted Nay

Passed 219/206 on Dec 11, 2014.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 [pdf], which was approved by the House on December ...

Loebsack voted Aye

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Loebsack voted No

Failed 173/246 on Jul 30, 2011.

Loebsack voted Aye

Passed 304/117 on Jun 23, 2011.

The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is a United States federal statute that was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Barack ...

Missed Votes

From Jan 2007 to Nov 2019, Loebsack missed 207 of 9,500 roll call votes, which is 2.2%. This is on par with the median of 2.1% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.

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Primary Sources

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