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Former U.S. Rep. Leonard Boswell dies at 84

Rep. Leonard Boswell, IA-D 2006 photo
Rep. Leonard Boswell, IA-D 2006 photo
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Former U.S. Rep. Leonard Boswell, an Iowa Democrat whose political career spanned decades, has died, a family spokesman confirmed Friday.

Boswell, 84, was found unresponsive in his Decatur County home sometime after 2 a.m. Friday, said Grant Woodard, Boswell’s former chief of staff and a family spokesman. Boswell was flown to an undisclosed hospital in Des Moines.

Many politicians have shared their condolences and memories of Boswell since his passing.

In a statement issued by current Rep. Dave Loebsack he said, “Leonard Boswell set the bar high for what it meant to be a Member of Congress. From the day I was first elected, Leonard was always there to lend a hand and provide counsel and advice. But Leonard’s service and dedication to our nation began well before he was elected to Congress. Leonard served in the U.S. Army for 20 years after being drafted on his 22nd birthday. During that time, he served two tours in Vietnam as a commander of a helicopter battalion. Leonard truly defined what it meant to serve our nation and I am proud that I had the opportunity to serve with him. My wife Terry and I send Dody and the entire Boswell family our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”

The Iowa Democratic Party has also issued a statement which reads:

“Today, we remember the life and legacy of a wonderful Iowa leader. From serving in our armed forces to serving the people of Iowa, Congressman Leonard Boswell brought unparalleled integrity, grit, and much needed levity to everything he did. He left this world a better place than when he found it. His advocacy for veteran suicide prevention saves lives to this day, and we hope that all Iowa elected officials will take this moment to rededicate themselves to that cause.

Congressman Boswell’s legacy will live on in each and every one of us. Our hearts go out to his wife, Dody, and their children. They will always have a family of support in the Iowa Democratic Party.”

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