Congressman Bruce Braley is a trial lawyer who was elected to represent Iowa’s First District on November 7, 2006. He currently serves on the Energy and Commerce committee, the oldest standing committee of the U.S. House of Representatives. Congressman Braley holds important subcommittee assignments, including Health, Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection, and is Vice Chair of the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee. He also serves as Vice Chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC).
Before serving in Congress, Bruce practiced law for twenty-three years in Waterloo, Iowa. He served as President of the Iowa Trial Lawyers Association, President of the Iowa Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates, and was serving on the boards of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (n/k/a AAJ) and Iowa Legal Aid when he was elected to Congress.
Congressman Braley was inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers and was Board-certified in Civil Trial Advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. While he was President of the Iowa Trial Lawyers, he started a scholarship fund for injured workers and their families in memory of his father, who suffered a severe leg injury during a fall at a grain elevator when Bruce was a young boy.
Congressman Braley has spoken at more than 75 continuing legal education programs, and was a prolific contributor on trial lawyer listserves. He has taken his fight for justice to the halls of Congress, where he has earned a reputation as someone you don’t want to face in a Committee hearing if you’ve got something to hide. (Ask Roger Clemons and former GSA Administrator, Lurita Doan.)
One of Congressman Braley’s proudest moments came when he took on an entire panel of tort reformers, including Lisa Rickard, the President of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for Legal Reform.
Bruce and his wife, Carolyn, continue to live in Waterloo. They have three children, Lisa, David and Paul. The home screen on Bruce’s cell phone reads, “Be a Good Dad,” to remind him of his most important job in life.