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Bruce L. Braley

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Iowa's 1st district
Assumed office 
January 3, 2007
Preceded by Jim Nussle

Born October 30, 1957 (1957-10-30) (age 52)
Grinnell, Iowa
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Carolyn Braley
Children Lisa Braley
David Braley
Paul Braley
Darnell Roberts
Ashley Hemmen
Brite Woodruff
Residence Waterloo, Iowa
Alma mater Iowa State University; University of Iowa
Occupation Attorney
Religion Presbyterian

Bruce Braley (born October 30, 1957) is the Democratic Congressman for Iowa's first Congressional District, first elected in the 2006 election. The district lies in northeastern Iowa and includes Davenport, Bettendorf, Cedar Falls, Waterloo, Dubuque, and Clinton.

Braley was born in Grinnell, Iowa. His family owned a farm in nearby Brooklyn, Iowa. Braley attended college at Iowa State University, and he earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Iowa. While in college, he worked in agribusiness and in highway maintenance. He was admitted to the bar and has served as a trial lawyer in Waterloo since 1983. Braley specialized in representing workers who had been injured on the job or were terminated unfairly.

As an attorney, Braley served as president of the Iowa Trial Lawyers Association. He and his wife were named couple of the year by Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Northeastern Iowa. Braley and his wife, Carolyn, reside in Waterloo and have three children, Lisa, David and Paul.

Braley won this open seat after eight-term Republican congressman Jim Nussle stepped down to make an unsuccessful run for Governor in 2006. The 1st district had been trending Democratic for some time despite the fact that it had been represented by Republican congressmen for almost three decades. The district has supported the Democratic candidate for president in every election since 1988. The district, numbered as the 2nd District for most of the time from statehood until 2003, became even more Democratic with the addition of Davenport and Bettendorf.

In the 2006 midterm election, Braley defeated Republican opponent Mike Whalen, a Quad City businessman. [1] Braley is the first Democrat to represent the district since 1979.

On July 8, 2006, Braley was chosen to deliver the Democrats' weekly radio address. He spoke on the issue of Social Security. [1]

On December 5, 2007, Braley became the first member of Iowa's congressional delegation to issue an endorsement, announcing his support for former North Carolina Senator John Edwards in a press conference in Waterloo. On April 30, 2008, Braley changed his endorsement to support Senator Barack Obama following Edwards' withdrawal from the race.

On February 11, 2009 he founded the Populist Caucus within the House of Representatives which now has 27 members.


Committee assignments

Electoral history

Year Party Incumbent Status Party Candidate Votes  %
2008 Democratic Bruce Braley re-elected Democratic Bruce Braley 178,229 64%
Republican David Hartsuch 99,447 35%
Year Party Incumbent Status Party Candidate Votes  %
2006 Republican Jim Nussle ran for Iowa Governor Democratic Bruce Braley 113,724 55%
Republican Mike Whalen 89,471 43%


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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Jim Nussle
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Iowa's 1st congressional district

Succeeded by


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