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Loebsack, Braley react to house seat loss

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (KWWL) -- Dropping from five to four representatives puts Iowa at the lowest number of seats since 1850, just four years after Iowa became a state and had just two representatives.

The change in congressional seats was related to the 2010 census which was released on Tuesday.

Rep. Dave Loebsack released the following statement about Iowa's loss of a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

"As the 2010 Census results show us, Iowans once again led the way in participating in the Census, which is critical for Iowa to get its fair share of federal funding. However, the Census also shows us that Iowa is not growing as fast as the rest of the nation. I have long said that we must reverse the ‘brain drain' that has caused our state to lose talented young Iowans to other parts of the country, which has set the current redistricting in motion. To reverse this trend, we must ensure that there are good paying jobs here at home. That is why I have strongly supported our state's cutting-edge renewable energy industry, have worked to reinvigorate our manufacturing base so that we start to build things in America again, and have worked tirelessly to support small businesses, which are the drivers of our economy. I will continue to work to support and promote good-paying jobs for Iowans and will continue to work to make sure that our state not only competes in, but leads, the 21st century economy," Loebsack said.

Congressman Bruce Braley's chief of staff, John Davis, issued this remark.

"While today's news was not unexpected, it certainly reinforces Congressman Braley's commitment to listen, work hard and get things done," said Davis.

KWWL Reporter:  Kera Mashek

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