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Iowa Congressional Delegation Split in Its Endorsements

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Democratic Congressman Dave Loebsack—in his first term representing Iowa's 2nd District—endorsed Senator Barack Obama for president today, to make an even 1-1-1 split among the top Democratic rivals - reflective of the close 3-way race heading into the last few weeks before the January 3rd caucuses.

Last Friday, Hillary Clinton received the nod from 6-term Democrat Leonard Boswell (IA-03). Earlier in the month, on December 3rd, John Edwards received the endorsement of 1-term Democratic Representative Bruce Braley (IA-01).

On the Republican side, 3-term Representative Steve King (IA-05) endorsed Fred Thompson today. King is one of the leading proponents of tough immigration reform on the Hill, but did not endorse his colleague and fellow crusader Congressman Tom Tancredo, who is polling in 7th place in Iowa in most surveys.

The only Representative from the Hawkeye State who has not yet endorsed a presidential candidate is 7-term Republican Tom Latham (IA-04).

Other prominent Iowa office holders have said they do not plan to make a caucus endorsement, including Republican Senator Charles Grassley and Democratic Governor Chet Culver. Iowa's first lady, Mari Culver, lent her endorsement today to Edwards.

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Gender Equality in the US House: A State-by State Quarter-Century Report Card (1989-2014)

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Small Club in St. Paul

Mark Dayton is one of just three Minnesotans ever elected to three different statewide offices. Dayton, of course, had previously served as State Auditor (1991-1995) and U.S. Senator (2001-2007) before winning the governorship in 2010. At that time, he joined Republicans Edward Thye and J.A.A. Burnquist on this very short list. Burnquist was elected lieutenant governor in 1914 but then became governor after the death of Democrat Winfield Hammond in 1915. He then won the gubernatorial elections of 1916 and 1918 and eight terms as attorney general two decades later (1939-1955). Thye was similarly first elected lieutenant governor of the Gopher State and became governor after the resignation of fellow GOPer Harold Stasson in 1943. Thye won one additional full term as governor in 1944 and then two terms to the U.S. Senate (1947-1959). Twenty Minnesotans have been elected to two different statewide offices.


Respect Your Elders?

With retirement announcements this year by veteran U.S. Representatives such as 30-term Democrat John Dingell of Michigan, 20-term Democrat George Miller of California, and 18-term Republican Tom Petri of Wisconsin, it is no surprise that retirees from the 113th Congress are one of the most experienced cohorts in recent decades. Overall, these 24 exiting members of the House have served an average of 11.0 terms - the second longest tenure among retirees across the last 18 cycles since 1980. Only the U.S. Representatives retiring in 2006 had more experience, averaging 11.9 terms. (In that cycle, 10 of the 11 retiring members served at least 10 terms, with GOPer Bill Jenkins of Tennessee the lone exception at just five). Even without the aforementioned Dingell, the average length of service in the chamber of the remaining 23 retirees in 2014 is 10.2 terms - which would still be the third highest since 1980 behind the 2006 and 2012 (10.5 terms) cycles.


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