Rep. Dave Loebsack (D-IA) announces he will retire after current term

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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- Congressman Dave Loebsack (D-IA) says he will retire from Congress at the end of his current term.

In a Friday afternoon press release Loebsack said, “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."

Loebsack continued, “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."

Loebsack was first elected to Congress in 2006, and will have served 14 years when his current term ends.

He defeated Republican challenger Chris Peters by 12 points in 2018.

Our Washington Bureau's David Ade spoke with Loebsack on Thursday in Virginia. Loebsack discussed a wide range of issues, including his feelings on the state of the House Democratic caucus. That full interview is posted above.

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