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FOTB SPOTLIGHT:
 Rep. Rod Blum (IA)

Representative Rod Blum was first elected to Congress in 2014 and is facing a tough re-election for a third term. 
 
He finds himself in a five-person race in
 Iowa's First Congressional District and it is shaping up to be one of the nation's most closely watched races.  
The seat was recently reclassified by The Cook Political Report to "Toss Up." 
 
Blum has served on the board of directors of American Bank & Trust in Dubuque and is a businessman in the area; he has supported tax and regulatory relief for Iowa banks; and he stepped up to be the lead sponsor of the bill that exempts income from small farm real estate and small business loans from taxation. 
 
"Congressman Blum certainly deserves the support and respect of our country's traditional bankers,"  said Iowa Bankers Association President and CEO John Sorensen. "Thanks to his real-world experience running a successful business and serving on a bank board, he appreciates how his constituents benefit from tailored regulation and fair tax policy for all financial institutions."   
Learn more and support Rep. Blum at his website: 
Rep. Blum Continues to be a Friend
 
Congressman Rod Blum is a native Iowan and career small businessman who represents Iowa's First District. Blum attended Loras College where he earned a Bachelor's in Finance, and the University of Dubuque where he earned a Master's degree in Business Administration. Blum is a former CEO of Eagle Point Software (1990-2000), a company that grew from 5 to over 300 employees under his direction in just 5 years. As a result, he was named Iowa Entrepreneur of the Year. Since 2000, Blum has been the owner of Digital Canal, a construction estimating and home building software company. 
 
He is a member of the Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Government Operations. Chairman of the Small Business Subcommittee on Agriculture Energy and Trade and serves as a member of the Small Business Subcommittee on Investigations, Oversight, and Regulations. 
 
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