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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

A familiar name in Iowa state politics is now running for Congress.

Pat Murphy, the former speaker of the Iowa House says his record proves he can lead the 1st Congressional District.

"So that's one of the big reasons I'm running, but I also think I can make a difference and I have a long history of making a difference in the legislature having been the speaker of the house, raising the minimum wage, doing universal preschool, advancing healthcare," said Murphy. 

But it's not the first time the Democrat is vying for this seat. just two years ago, he lost to Republican Congressman Rod Blum in a narrow general election.

Murphy admits he and Blum both want to grow Iowa's economy, but disagree on how to get there. "The Congressman would probably say it would be through tax cuts, I would argue that we've got to invest in education, invest in our infrastructure."

Murphy says he'll fight for the middle class by raising the minimum wage, equal pay for women and raising the social security cap.

But to do this, he'll have to beat Monica Vernon, his opponent in the primary election, which is just nearly one week away.

"More importantly, Mrs. Vernon  was a Republican when I was passing all this legislation in Des Moines. I know she talks about not having labels, but I think it's important to have somebody that's a strong Democrat, that will stand with the Democratic party through thick and thin," added Murphy.

On other issues, Murphy says he supports equal rights for the LGBT community. 

He added he's against free trade agreements.

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