LECLAIRE, IOWA — Former U.S. Rep. Bobby Schilling may try to be the first person in a half century to represent two different states in Congress.
The one-term House member who represented part of central Illinois from 2011-13 is apparently now mulling a run for a district in eastern Iowa, according to the Iowa City Press Citizen.
The story quotes him as saying he's "98 percent there" in deciding to seek the GOP nomination for the seat now held by retiring Democrat Dave Loebsack.
Schilling moved to LeClaire in 2017 to get away from what he told the paper were rising taxes in Illinois.
He'd been a Colona resident when he unseated U.S. Rep. Phil Hare in 2010 to represent the Quad Cities-centered district whose tendrils extended south to the Metro East, and through a tiny portion of Springfield into part of Decatur.
The district was redrawn following the 2010 Census and Republican Schilling was defeated for re-election by Democrat Cheri Bustos in 2012 for the new district that incorporated parts of Rockford and Peoria as well as the Quad Cities area. He then made an unsuccessful bid to reclaim the seat in 2014.
It's exceedingly rare for individuals to be elected in more than one state to serve at the federal level. Only a handful have done so, mostly in the 1800s while the United States was still growing westward. After the turn of the 20th century, only three people did.
The last person who was elected from two separate states to serve in the House was Ed Foreman, who represented the 16th District of Texas from 1963-65 and then New Mexico's 2nd District from 1969-71.