Congressman Bruce Braley was born in Grinnell, Iowa in 1957 and grew up in nearby Brooklyn, Iowa.
Since he was in third grade, Bruce has been working hard and getting things done. No job too big or small, Bruce delivered newspapers, drove dump trucks, mowed yards, detassled corn and bailed hay. To help pay his way through college and law school, Bruce built roads and bridges for the Poweshiek County Roads Department.
Bruce and his wife Carolyn moved to Waterloo in 1983, where he practiced law for 23 years. He made a career representing hardworking people, including those who lost their jobs due to corporate downsizing and employees who challenged dangerous safety standards.
First elected in November of 2006, Bruce is now serving his second term representing the First District of Iowa in Congress.
Since then, Bruce has been fighting to bring about the change we need, introducing legislation to help our veterans and troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, fighting to boost investment in Iowa's clean energy economy and working to create more opportunity for Iowa's families and small businesses. In March of 2010, President Barack Obama signed into law a tax cut Bruce introduced to encourage small businesses to create jobs and hire previously unemployed workers.
Bruce fought the Pentagon bureaucracy when nearly 600 Iowa National Guard soldiers returning home from Iraq were denied full GI Bill education benefits. He took on the Pentagon again when more than 700 Iowa National Guards were denied their Respite Leave benefits, introducing legislation that resulted in thousands of National Guard troops across the country receiving the benefits they had earned
To increase transparency and make government more accountable, Bruce introduced and passed legislation to simplify government forms like tax returns and benefit applications.
Currently, Bruce sits on the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee. As Vice-Chairman of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, Bruce works to hold corporations accountable and protect families from unsafe food and drugs and defective products.
Bruce lives in Waterloo with his wife Carolyn, who grew up in Dubuque and teaches at West High School in Waterloo. Their daughter, Lisa, is a recent graduate of Iowa State University. Their sons, David and Paul, are currently attending Iowa State and the University of Iowa, respectively.