Across rural Iowa, folks who live away from urban centers often have struggles getting assistance from Emergency Medical Services (EMS) when an emergency occurs. Patients in rural areas have the same acute and chronic medical conditions requiring an emergency response as those in urban areas do, however many rural EMS agencies face unique challenges in delivering quality care. Additionally, rural EMS agencies may be the closest, or even the only healthcare provider for these areas.

I am pleased to announce that voting for the 2018 Congressional Art Contest has begun! The high school student you select as the 2018 People’s Choice Award winner will represent Iowa’s Second District and have his or her art work displayed for one year in the tunnel leading to the U.S. Capitol. There is no doubt that it is going to be a tough choice for you to make. With so many talented artists in our high schools, you have a lot of high quality pieces to choose from.

Recently, there have been many revelations about Facebook and the way it’s collecting and handling your personal data. I have many concerns and many questions remain unanswered. 

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack released the following statement today after the House passed the FY2018 Omnibus Appropriations Act, bipartisan legislation to ensure the government remains open and provides funding for the rest of the current Fiscal Year.


As your Representative, I have fought to make dealing with the federal government more accessible and transparent to the American people. I have long championed the Plain Writing Act, which passed into law and requires federal agencies to write forms and other public documents in simple, easy-to-understand language.

One of the biggest decisions that our high school juniors and senior have to face is what to do once they graduate. Whether they choose to attend a university, go to a local community college, work toward a certificate, or enter the workforce, getting an education beyond high school is more important than ever in our 21st Century economy.

This year, as many of you have heard or may have experienced firsthand, Iowa has seen a particularly large number of folks who have been adversely affected by this year’s flu virus. In fact, the most recent figures show that so far 43 people have tragically died in Iowa alone because of the flu virus, making this one of the worst flu seasons in years.

Throughout the month of February, we recognize the achievements of remarkable African American men and women, including many great leaders here in Iowa. This month provides an important opportunity to commemorate the contributions made to our country by these brave men and women, and to rededicate ourselves to making our nation more just and equal for everyone.

This past weekend, Hurricane Harvey devastated Texans with flooding, high winds, and heavy rains. As many as 30,000 may be forced into shelters and 450,000 are likely to seek some form of disaster relief as more rain continues to fall.