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Leonard L. Boswell
Leonard Boswell Congressional Candidate Iowa District 3
Congressman Leonard Boswell was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1996. In his tenure as a Member of Congress, Boswell has supported meaningful tax relief to working families, secured support and services for military families and veterans, and has been instrumental in crafting aviation security legislation. He continues to fight to keep small businesses and rural communities vital, focusing on real priorities of Iowa’s families and restoring fiscal accountability to government. During the 112th Congress, Boswell is committed to work with his colleagues and the Administration to move our country forward by fighting for legislation that invests in producing American goods with American hands, grows Iowa’s industries and small businesses, and stops the outsourcing of U.S. jobs. As a senior member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Boswell will continue to build upon the successes and job creation opportunities that he has brought to the 3rd District in order to provide the jobs and economic growth that our nation needs.
Boswell is serving as the Ranking Member of the powerful Agriculture Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management. In his position as Ranking Member, he will play an integral role in guaranteeing that producers have risk management tools that truly work, while ensuring that consumers have a safe and affordable food supply, as they work toward the 2012 Farm Bill. The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure named Boswell to serve on two subcommittees: the Subcommittee Aviation and the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, which will position Boswell to play an integral role in writing the next highway bill.
Boswell’s legislative career began in 1985 in the Iowa State Senate. He was instrumental in passing significant spending reform legislation that put Iowa’s finances back on track, ensuring a government that was both fiscally responsible and responsive to the needs of Iowans. In 1992, he was elected as Senate President, and once again in 1994 by the unanimous vote of his colleagues. He also served as chairman of the Appropriations Committee.
Prior to his legislative career, Boswell spent twenty years in the Army. He was drafted in the Army in 1956 as a private. He later graduated from Artillery Officers Candidate School, eventually rising to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. During his long and distinguished military career (earning him two Distinguished Flying Crosses, the Soldier’s Medal, two Bronze Stars, an Air Medal with V device, and numerous other awards and decorations) Boswell saw the world. He served two one-year tours of duty as an assault helicopter pilot in Vietnam. He also served two NATO tours of duty in Europe, first for four years in Germany, and later three years in Portugal. Boswell, who was a student and instructor at the Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, was recently inducted in to its Hall of Fame.
Leonard Boswell was born January 10, 1934, and raised in Ringgold and Decatur counties. He attended public school where he learned the tremendous value of Iowa’s exceptional teachers and education system and graduated from Lamoni High School. He later received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Graceland College, where he met his future wife Dody. This dedication to a quality education continues today as he diligently works to see to it that the quality of Iowa schools, teachers, and students continue to improve upon their nationally recognized high level. He supported increasing Pell Grants to the level they are today, more than double the level they were when he was first elected to Congress, providing students with the means they need to continue their education and strive for a better future.
Boswell still maintains an interest in agriculture through his operation of the family farm. He has three children and four grandchildren with Dody.
Biography of Leonard Boswell from Boswell for Congress
Democratic Congressman Leonard Boswell was reelected in November of 2010 to serve his eighth term in the United States House of Representatives as a respected voice and advocate for Iowa’s Third Congressional District.
Boswell believes in the importance of public service and has spent his life serving his country and his neighbors. Leonard has committed himself to working for the people including 20 distinguished years in the United States Army, 12 years in the Iowa Senate, and eight terms in the halls of Congress.
Leonard is a Member of the House Committee on Agriculture, where he presently serves as Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Farm Commodities and Risk Management. His seniority and leadership position on the Agriculture Committee have further enabled him to be a voice for Iowa’s farmers and producers as he helps to shape the next Farm Bill. As one of the few farmers in the House, Boswell has used his influence and his background in agriculture to advocate for expanding America’s homegrown energy industry, increased conservation, mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (COOL), increased transparency in the marketplace, and stronger food safety standards.
Boswell was also named to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, where he serves on the Subcommittees on Aviation, and Highways and Transit. Leonard has used his position on the Transportation Committee to advocate for a stronger transportation and infrastructure investment that creates good-paying, quality jobs, increases safety, and fosters commerce. Leonard has directed much-needed federal resources to rebuild and repair Iowa’s transportation infrastructure, which is critical in creating jobs and ensuring Iowa’s competitiveness.
Having served two tours in Vietnam as a combat assault helicopter pilot, two tours of duty in Europe with NATO, and having earned two Distinguished Flying Crosses, two Bronze Stars, the Soldier’s Medal, and numerous other awards, Congressman Boswell is a respected voice on military and veterans affairs in the House of Representatives. He has used his influence to shepherd through Congress the Joshua Omvig Veterans Suicide Prevention Act, which provides a comprehensive suicide prevention program for our nation’s veterans. Congressman Boswell has also vigorously spoken out in favor of redeploying our forces from Iraq, and fought for increased benefits for our nation’s veterans.
Leonard Boswell was born and raised in Ringgold and Decatur counties where he attended public schools and graduated from Lamoni High School. He later earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Graceland College. A committed family man, Leonard and his wife Dody have been married over fifty years and together they have three children.