Dave Loebsack


Dave Loebsack is currently Professor Emeritus at Cornell College and Distinguished Visiting Professor of Practice-Politics and Policy Research Program at the University of Iowa's Public Policy Center. In 2021, Dave retired from Congress after representing the 2nd congressional district of Iowa for 14 years. While in Congress, Dave served on the Armed Services, Education and Labor, and Energy and Commerce Committees. Among the many issues he focused on, Loebsack championed access to educational opportunities, expansion of broadband to underserved areas in rural America, greater understanding of the causes and consequences of mental illness, and making sure our veterans are treated with the dignity and respect they so richly deserve. In every instance, Loebsack did what he could to work across the aisle to bring members of Congress together to address the issues of the day.

Prior to his time in Congress, Dave taught political science at Cornell College for 24 years, retiring in 2006 as Professor of Politics. He earned his BS and MS in political science from Iowa State University and his PhD from the University of California, Davis. He also received numerous Fulbright and National Endowment for the Humanities grants to study at Brown University, the University of Wisconsin, Madison as well overseas in Brazil and Mexico. 

Headshot of Dave Loebsack speaking into a microphone