With competitive congressional races across Minnesota, here’s what you need to know about the candidates

With competitive congressional races across Minnesota, here’s what you need to know about the candidates

Minnesota’s U.S. House delegation is loaded with newbies. Five of the eight members are in their first terms, and some of them are in very competitive election contests this year. The U.S. House elections not only decide who represents you in Congress but also which party — Democrats or Republicans — controls the chamber where laws are made and money is raised and spent. Here’s a look at the races: 1ST DISTRICT The contest in Minnesota’s congressional district that extends along the Iowa border from Wisconsin to South Dakota is a rematch between first-term Republican Rep. Jim Hagedorn of Blue Earth and Democratic challenger Dan Feehan of North Mankato. Hagedorn won the seat vacated by now-Gov. Tim Walz in 2018 by just 0.4 percentage points. Hagedorn, 58, is a conservative and outspoken supporter of President Donald Trump, who carried the district by 15 points in 2016. He started his career as a congressional aide and later was a Treasury Department official. He currently serves on the House agriculture and small business committees. He is married to Minnesota Republican Party Chair Jennifer Carnahan. Feehan, 38, takes liberal positions on such issues as abortion, health care and gun control but said he’d be an “independent voice in Washington.” He earned a bachelor’s degree at Georgetown and a master’s degree at Harvard. He joined the Army and served two combat tours in Iraq, and then spent two years as a teacher before becoming an assistant secretary of defense at the Pentagon. After […]

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