Iowa Congressman Dave Loebsack has announced he intends to retire after the current Congress. The 66-year-old Democrat was elected in 2006. He is also a political science professor emeritus at Cornell College.
Loebsack released the following statement today (Friday):
“I have enjoyed beyond my expectations serving the people of Iowa’s Second District for the past 13 years. Having grown up in poverty, I never would have imagined having the honor of serving as the voice of Iowans in the U.S. House of Representatives. To best achieve that, I made it a point to meet with folks where they live, work and play in order to focus on improving their lives. I have worked hard to ensure ALL Iowans have had their voice heard.
“When first elected, I had planned to serve no more than 12 years. However, after Donald Trump assumed the presidency, it became apparent that I needed to run for at least one more term in the hopes that I could provide a check on his worst impulses. Currently, there are nearly two years remaining in this term and I look forward to playing an important role in the new House majority, not only to prevent further damage done by President Trump, but to also help set the stage for a new Democratic president to be inaugurated in January of 2021.
“In the remainder of my service, I will continue to serve the people of Iowa with the same energy and commitment that I have devoted to this job from the beginning. In particular, I will continue to focus on growing the middle class and helping provide opportunity to folks seeking to move into the middle class. To that end, I will keep up my efforts to ensure access to affordable, quality healthcare for all; increase access to quality education at all levels to provide the opportunity to achieve; and expand access to quality broadband, especially in rural communities and for those who would be unable to achieve the American dream if they can’t receive the service they need.
“Finally, I will never forget our veterans. These men and women were willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for our nation and we must ensure that we care for them with the same dignity and honor with which they served.”
The Iowa Democratic Party released the following statement following Congressman Dave Loebsack's announcement that he will not seek re-election in 2020:
“Congressman Loebsack has been a strong leader for Iowans in the second district. For over a decade, he has been a tireless advocate for veterans, worked to grow Eastern Iowa's wind and energy sectors, and has stood up for Iowa’s hardworking families. And for several years, he was the lone Democratic voice in Washington fighting for Iowa common sense.
“We know that he will continue to fight for accessible health care, public schools, veterans rights, and an economy that expands opportunities for the middle-class during the remainder of his term.
“We look forward to continuing our work with Congressman Loebsack over the next 19 months on our key values, and we are confident that we will keep Eastern Iowa blue and elect another progressive voice to represent the second district in 2020.”