A Conversation with Iowa's 1st District Rep. Rod Blum

Oct 30, 2018

During this River to River interview, Ben Kieffer talks with Iowa’s 1st District Congressman, Rep. Rod Blum (R) of Dubuque. He was first elected in 2014, re-elected in 2016, and is now seeking his 3rd term in office.

Blum says his top achievements in office include the recent GOP tax package, securing federal funding for a Cedar Rapids flood wall, and a whistleblower protections bill he co-authored with Rep. Elijah Cummings (D) of Maryland.

During the interview, Blum is also asked to speak to his relationship with the news media, the House Ethics Committee’s inquiry into whether he failed to disclose his involvement in Tin Moon, an Dubuque-based marketing company, and his belief that Congress should harness the free market to lower health care costs.