Rod Blum

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Rod Blum
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Iowa's 1st district
In office
January 3, 2015 – January 3, 2019
Preceded byBruce Braley
Succeeded byAbby Finkenauer
Personal details
Rodney Leland Blum

(1955-04-26) April 26, 1955 (age 68)
Dubuque, Iowa, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Karen Blum
EducationLoras College (BA)
University of Dubuque (MBA)

Rodney Leland "Rod" Blum (born April 26, 1955) is an American businessman and politician. He worked as United States Representative for the 1st congressional district of Iowa. Blum is a Republican.

Blum won the Republican primary in 2014. He defeated Patrick Murphy in the November 4, 2014 general election with 51% of votes.

Blum ran for reelection in 2016.[1] He faced the Democrat Monica Vernon in the general election. He defeated Vernon with 54% of the vote.[2]

Blum calls himself a Tea Party Republican. He said "The Tea Party is what the Republican Party should have always been".[3]

Blum favors getting rid of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).[4] In 2017, he didn't support the original version of the American Health Care Act of 2017, or Trumpcare. Trumpcare was the Republicans' bill to get rid of and replace Obamacare. Blum said the original Trumpcare didn't do enough to lower premiums for hard-working Americans.[5]

As of November 1, 2018, Blum was under investigation by the United States House Ethics Committee Committee. That's because he might have violated certain ethics rules. He might have done so by not disclosing his ownership of a digital marketing company, Tin Moon.[6]

Blum was born in Dubuque, Iowa.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Blum Says Others Will Support Him if Republicans Don't". Roll Call. Archived from the original on November 4, 2018. Retrieved November 1, 2018.
  2. "Iowa U.S. House 1st District Results". The New York Times. Retrieved November 1, 2018.
  3. Rod Blum Thinks Economy is Key (Report). WCF Courier. Retrieved November 1, 2018.
  4. "Rod Blum's Issue Positions". Vote Smart. Retrieved November 1, 2018.
  5. "King Lone Yes Vote on Health Care Bill". Des Moines Register. Retrieved November 1, 2018.
  6. Rod Blum under Investigation (Report). WHOTV Channel 13. Retrieved November 1, 2018.