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Rep. David Loebsack

Former Representative for Iowa’s 2nd District

pronounced DAY-vid // LOHB-sak

Loebsack was the representative for Iowa’s 2nd congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 2007 to 2020.

Photo of Rep. David Loebsack [D-IA2, 2007-2020]


Legislative Metrics

Read our 2020 Report Card for Loebsack.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Loebsack is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2020 positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Loebsack sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2015 to Dec 28, 2020. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Loebsack was the primary sponsor of 3 bills that were enacted:

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Does 3 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 sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Education (30%) Health (26%) Armed Forces and National Security (16%) Science, Technology, Communications (9%) Labor and Employment (9%) Energy (5%) Emergency Management (5%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Loebsack recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

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 Dec 2020, Loebsack missed 217 of 9,830 roll call votes, which is 2.2%. This is on par with the median of 2.3% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2020. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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

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Primary Sources

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