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On November 21,1977, Republican State Representative Thomas TAUKE announced he would challenge Blouin for Iowa's Second District seat. This established the first intra-city election battle since the 1848 elections saw George Wallace JONES campaign against Thomas S. WILSON. In an upset, Tauke defeated Blouin in November 1978, by winning in ten of the eleven counties in the district.
Mike lost his seat in 1978, and in 1979 was appointed by the Carter Administration to be Director of Information and Security Oversight, dealing with worldwide classified information. He took leave to help in the Iowa and Maine caucuses, and then returned to Washington as Assistant Director of the Community Services Administration.
Mike returned to Iowa in 1981, working six years for Kirkwood Community College as Director of Grants and Governmental Regulations, responding to needs for workforce development. He remained there for six years and then worked from 1987-1999 with the Cedar Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce. He moved to Des Moines and from 1999-2003 served as CEO of the Greater Des Moines Partnership. In January 2003, Blouin was named director of the Iowa Department of Economic Development by Governor Tom Vilsack.
In 2007 Blouin was recruited to become president of the GREATER DUBUQUE DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION. He was instrumental in community development including attracting IBM to the city in 2008. Blouin retired in 2012.
Both of the Blouins were inducted into the Dubuque County Democrats Hall of Fame in 2012.
See: Suzanne BLOUIN
Dubuque County Democrats. Online: http://www.dbqdemocrats.org/halloffameinductees.php#CarolineKoppes