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Rep. Leonard L. Boswell (D-Iowa)

District: 3rd District
Political Highlights: Iowa Senate, 1985-97; sought Democratic nomination for U.S. House, 1986; Iowa Democratic Central Committee, 1992-96; Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor, 1994
Born: Jan. 10, 1934; Harrison County, Mo.
Residence: Des Moines
Religion: Community of Christ
Family: Wife, Dody Boswell; three children
Education: Graceland College, B.A. 1969
Military Service: Army, 1956-76
Start of Service: Elected: 1996 (8th term)
Committee Assignments: Agriculture (General Farm Commodities & Risk Management - Ranking Member; Livestock & Foreign Agriculture); Transportation & Infrastructure (Aviation; Highways & Transit)

Election History
2012generalTom Latham (R) 202,00052.2
Leonard Boswell (D) 168,63243.6
Scott Batcher (NPA) 9,3522.4
David Rosenfeld (SW) 6,2861.6
2010generalLeonard Boswell (D) 122,14750.7
Brad Zaun (R) 111,92546.5
Rebecca Williamson (SW) 6,2582.6
2008generalLeonard Boswell (D) 176,90456.3
Kim Schmett (R) 132,13642.1
Frank Forrestal (SW) 4,5991.5
2006generalLeonard Boswell (D) 114,55851.8
Jeff Lamberti (R) 103,16646.6
Helen Meyers (SW) 3,4261.5
2004generalLeonard Boswell (D) 168,00755.2
Stan Thompson (R) 136,09944.7
2002generalLeonard Boswell (D) 115,36753.4
Stan Thompson (R) 97,28545.0
Jeffrey Smith (LIBERT) 2,6891.3
Edwin Fruit (SW) 5690.3
2000generalLeonard Boswell (D) 156,32762.8
Jay Marcus (R) 83,81033.7
Sue Atkinson (INDC) 5,5632.2
Joe Seehusen (LIBERT) 2,2630.9
Jim Hennager (EF) 8510.3
1998generalLeonard Boswell (D) 107,94756.9
Larry McKibben (R) 78,06341.1
Charles Connolly (REF) 2,1801.1
Joe Seehusen (I) 1,4940.8
1996generalLeonard Boswell (D) 115,91449.4
Mike Mahaffey (R) 111,89547.6
Jay Marcus (NL) 3,1941.4
Edward Rusk (WC) 2,5341.1
Dick Kruse (LIBERT) 1,2610.5
Roll Call Vitals


Iowa is 23rd on Roll Call's Clout Index, which measures influence in Congress by state.


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