LEONARD BOSWELL: From Congressman To Citizen

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The new year marks a new chapter in the life of Leonard Boswell.  The 78-year-old lost his bid for re-election and just returned home from Washington after casting his last vote in Congress.  On The Insiders this morning, Boswell talked about what's next. 

“It is a big adjustment, that’s true,” says Boswell who lost to Republican Tom Latham last November.

The eight term Congressman made his last trip in office last week to vote on the last-minute fiscal cliff deal.

“I think we probably did the right thing for the moment, the best we could do,” he says.

Now, the work in Washington will get done without him leaving Boswell more free time than he’s had in a long time.

“I got an old airplane I'll fly a little bit, I hope and be around the farm and try not to get in the way of the people doing the hard work and help where I can.  For example, we're going to be selling some calves this week and for the first time in a long time I want to be able to help load them up and take them to town,” Boswell says.

While he gets used to his surroundings, Boswell says he looks forward to spending time with his family.  Other than that, it`s too early to know what will occupy the rest of his time.  Boswell admits that it will be hard to “turn things off” because he’s “very concerned about the future.”

”I would have liked to been there, but I’m not so I have to accept what is reality and I do.”

Boswell's greatest achievement in office was the passage of the Joshua Omvig Veterans Suicide Prevention Act which provides help to returning servicemen and women.

Before the holiday break, Latham organized a tribute to Boswell on the House floor.