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In his spare time, Blum coached high school basketball, served as a board member for the Hoover Presidential Library, trained as a student pilot and wrote a political column in the Dubuque Telegraph Herald. (3) He was Dubuque County GOP chairman from 1995 to 1997 and a Republican National Convention delegate in 1996. (4)
In 2014 describing himself as a political outsider, Blum defeated Democrat Patrick J. MURPHY in a tight race for Iowa's 1st Congressional District. In winning the election, Blum succeeded U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Waterloo, who vacated his seat in an unsuccessful campaign for the United States Senate. Blum won with just more than 51 percent of the vote in the closest of Iowa's five federal races on the ballot. (4) Blum had run for the same office in 2012, losing in the primary.
In 2015 Blum was a member of the House Budget Committee Oversight and Government Reform Committee Subcommittee on Information Technology. (5) In March, 2018 he received the 2018 Spirit of Enterprise Award from the U. S. Chamber of Commerce for his pro-business votes in Congress. In the same month, he returned $102,109 in unspent federal funds to the United States Treasury to pay down the national debt.(6)
In 2018 Blum was defeated in a campaign for his third term by Abby FINKENHAUER for a third term in Congress.
1. Ballotpedia: The Encyclopedia of American Politics, Online: http://ballotpedia.org/Rod_Blum
2. Bergstrom, Kathy, "EDSC Helps Companies Automate," Telegraph Herald, June 6, 1993, p. 6
5. Jackson, Sharyn. "Rod Blum Wins 1st Congressional District Race," Des Moines Register, November 5, 2014, Online: http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/elections/2014/11/05/iowa-first-congressional-district-rod-blum-pat-murphy-election/18433935/
6. Barton, Thomas A. "Awards and Recognition," Telegraph Herald, March 25, 2018, p. 22A