Dave Loebsack wins reelection in Iowa's second congressional district

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IOWA CITY, Iowa (KCRG) - Rep. Dave Loebsack, the Democrat representing Iowa’s second U.S. congressional district, was reelected on Tuesday. Loebsack defeated Republican candidate Dr. Christopher Peters.

Congressman Dave Loebsack (COURTESY PHOTO)

This is the second time Loebsack beat Peters in the second district race. Loebsack originally defeated Peters in the 2016 campaign by a margin of 53.7 percent to 46.2 percent. He has held the seat since 2007, making this his seventh term in the United States House of Representatives.

Loebsack campaigned on character, claiming that his experience growing up in poverty had focused his efforts on ensuring that people have access to, and training for, jobs. He also highlighted related legislative achievements, including getting the SECTORS Act signed into law. It helps workers gain the training that employers hiring for skilled positions desire. He has also championed affordable healthcare in rural communities with the Behavioral Health Care Integration Act. It gives grants to hospitals to enhance primary and mental health care, in order for people to receive complete health treatment.

Loebsack, 65, is originally from Sioux City, Iowa. He holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree from Iowa State University in political science. He currently lives in Iowa City with his wife, Terry.

He will start his next term in January 2019.