Democratic Representative Leonard Boswell was reelected in November of 2006 to serve his sixth term in the United States House of Representatives as a respected voice and advocate for Iowa's Third Congressional District.
Congressman Boswell has spent his life serving his country and his neighbors. Whether it was during his twenty distinguished years in the United States Army, twelve years in the Iowa Senate, or during his six terms in halls of Congress, Leonard has committed himself to serving the people.
Congressman Boswell is a Member of the House Committee on Agriculture, where he presently serves as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy and Poultry. His seniority and leadership position on the Agriculture Committee have further enabled Leonard to advocate for the needs of Iowa's farmers and producers as he helps shape the next Farm Bill.
Congressman Boswell is one of the few farmers in the House, and has used his influence and his background in agriculture to advocate for increased conservation, expanding alternative energy, mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (COOL), increased transparency in the marketplace, and stronger food safety standards.
Congressman Boswell was also named to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, where he serves on the Subcommittee on Aviation, as well as the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials. Leonard has used his position on the Transportation Committee to advocate for a stronger transportation infrastructure investment that will increase safety, commerce, and create good paying quality jobs. Leonard has also been able to direct much needed federal resources to rebuild and repair Iowa's transportation infrastructure, which is critical in creating jobs and ensuring Iowa's competitiveness.
Congressman Boswell also serves on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, where he presently serves as the Vice Chair of the Subcommittee on Terrorism/Human Intelligence, Analysis and Counterintelligence. Given his extensive military background and Top Secret clearance, Leonard had a comfortable transition as he took on his committee responsibilities. Those responsibilities include providing our intelligence community with the tools they need to actively combat terrorism, engaging in active and thorough oversight of the intelligence community, and ensuring that our intelligence community acts within the bounds of the Constitution to ensure that the civil liberties of Americans are protected.
Having served two tours in Vietnam as a combat assault helicopter pilot, two tours of duty in Europe with NATO, and having been awarded 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.
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