- Associated Press - Friday, October 3, 2014

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - 1st CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT

NAME: Pat Murphy

AGE: 55

POLITICAL PARTY: Democrat

RESIDENCE: Dubuque

OCCUPATION: Legislator

EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree from Loras College.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Served in Legislature for 25 years.

POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: State Representative since winning special election in 1989. Served as House Minority leader from 2003 to 2006 and as Speaker from 2007 to 2011.

TOP GOALS IF ELECTED: Protecting Social Security, raising the minimum wage, providing equal pay.

QUOTE: “If you look at my record, I have a history of working with Republicans.”

NAME: Rod Blum

AGE: 59

POLITICAL PARTY: Republican

RESIDENCE: Dubuque

OCCUPATION: Co-owner of software company Digital Canal Corporation.

EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree from Loras College, MBA from the University of Dubuque.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Software business. Served as basketball coach at Dubuque Senior High from 2003 through 2008.

POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: Chair of Dubuque County GOP in 1995.

TOP GOALS IF ELECTED: Lowering business taxes, simplifying the tax code, balancing the federal budget.

QUOTE: “My number one goal is to re-ignite the economy.”

2nd CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT

NAME: Dave Loebsack

AGE: 61

POLITICAL PARTY: Democrat

RESIDENCE: Iowa City

OCCUPATION: Congressman

EDUCATION: Iowa State University, bachelors and masters degrees. PhD from University of California, Davis.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Previously worked as a political science professor at Cornell College in Iowa.

POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: First elected to represent the 2nd District in 2006, defeating Republican incumbent Jim Leach. When redistricting meant that his home in Mount Vernon, put him in the 1st District, represented by Democrat Bruce Braley, he moved to Iowa City before the 2012 election, to remain in the 2nd District.

TOP GOALS IF RE-ELECTED: Investing in education, clean energy, improving the economy.

QUOTE: “I think this race is about what all my races have been about. About the middle class and doing everything we can to protect the middle class.”

NAME: Mariannette Miller-Meeks

AGE: 59

POLITICAL PARTY: Republican

RESIDENCE: Ottumwa

OCCUPATION: Ophthalmologist, candidate.

EDUCATION: Bachelor’s from Texas Christian University. Master’s Degree from the University of Southern California. Medical degree from University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Ophthalmologist, Director of Iowa Department of Public Health from January 2011 through January 2014, served in U.S. Army from 1974 through 1999, both in the reserves and on active duty.

POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: This is her third bid for the 2nd Congressional District.

TOP GOALS IF ELECTED: Better health care reform, increase take home pay.

QUOTE: “I have a lifetime and a career in nursing and in medicine and in serving people and being trusted to care for people. I think I bring all that experience to fixing a dysfunctional mess in Washington DC.”

3rd CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT

NAME: David Young

AGE: 46

POLITICAL PARTY: Republican

RESIDENCE: Van Meter and Washington

OCCUPATION: Full-time candidate.

EDUCATION: Bachelor’s from Drake University.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Chief of staff for Sen. Charles Grassley from 2006-2013; previously worked in Congress and on campaigns.

POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: Senate, congressional campaign experience.

TOP GOALS IF ELECTED: Reduce debt, simplify regulations and tax code.

QUOTE: “Having worked alongside Sen. Grassley for Iowa in the Senate, I bring experience. I can be ready on day one.”

NAME: Staci Appel

AGE: 48

POLITICAL PARTY: Democrat

RESIDENCE: Ackworth

OCCUPATION: Full-time candidate.

EDUCATION: High school diploma.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Financial consultant, state lawmaker.

POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: Served one term in state Senate from 2006-2010.

TOP GOALS IF ELECTED: Raise the minimum wage, invest in education and provide equal pay to women.

QUOTE: “We are looking to who is best going to represent Iowa’s middle class families. They want somebody who wants to work hard and get things done.”

4th CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT

NAME: Steve King

AGE: 65

POLITICAL PARTY: Republican

RESIDENCE: Kiron

OCCUPATION: Congressman

EDUCATION: Attended Northwest Missouri State University but did not graduate.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Founded an earth moving company in 1975 now run by his son.

POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: Elected to Iowa Senate in 1996. Elected to Congress in 2002.

TOP GOALS IF RE-ELECTED: Repeal Obamacare. Bring presidential candidates to Iowa. Pass a “Fair Tax,” that would eliminate federal income taxes with a national sales tax.

QUOTE: “My role in the Iowa Senate and the U.S. Congress emerged as the conscience of the conservatives. You’re not looking for consensus, you’re defending principle.”

NAME: Jim Mowrer

AGE: 28

POLITICAL PARTY: Democrat

RESIDENCE: Boone

OCCUPATION: Full-time candidate.

EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree from American Military University. Master’s degree from George Mason University

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Iowa National Guard from 2003 through 2009, with service in Iraq from 2006 to 2007. Served in a civilian role in Iraq in 2009, then worked at the Pentagon.

POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: Cites degrees in political science and public policy, time in military, at Pentagon.

TOP GOALS IF ELECTED: Raise the minimum wage, pass an infrastructure bill.

QUOTE: “When I travel around the district, the one thing I hear from Democrats and Republicans alike is that they know Washington is broken.”

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