was raised by a single mom and grew up in a mobile home park. I watched my mom work hard and complete her teaching degree over nine years while raising three kids with the help of my grandmother - who herself worked in a union shoe factory well into her 70s. These strong women showed me what grit and determination look like.
Like my mom, I worked two jobs and took out a little in student loans to put myself through state college. I started my career as a newspaper reporter, worked my way up over 20 years in business to lead a workforce of 16,000 for a major Minnesota manufacturer. Today, my wife and I are moms to four amazing young men. My oldest recently completed trade school, two chose a traditional four-year college and one is at Rosemount High School.
I worked hard to get where I am, but I was pretty lucky, too. For too many Americans, hard work doesn’t pay off like it used to. College is unaffordable and technical training is unavailable. Healthcare costs too much. Incomes aren’t keeping up with the costs of groceries and prescription drugs. We can do better.
That’s why I ran for Congress, and that’s what I’m working on day-in, day-out since being elected. It’s disappointing that so many politicians seem content to sit back and do nothing but fight among themselves over petty politics.
Instead, I’ve prioritized listening to the concerns of the citizens I represent and working across the aisle to create stronger communities and an economy that works for every Minnesotan.
Since coming to Congress, I’m proud to have:
- Introduced 17 pieces of legislation, the first of which has passed the House
- Cosponsored more than 330 bills, over two-thirds of which are bipartisan
- Hosted 12 town halls in all six counties in the Second District
- Met with over 10,000 Minnesotans
I’ve fought to make healthcare more affordable for Minnesota families. I authored the State Health Care Premium Reduction Act, to lower the cost of health insurance in the individual marketplace. I was an original cosponsor of the PRICED Act, which would increase generic drug competition to lower costs for Minnesotans. And I cosponsored the Medicare X Choice Act of 2019, which would provide an affordable public health insurance option for Minnesota families and allow Medicare to negotiate for lower drug prices with pharmaceutical companies.
I’ve championed education equality in Minnesota. I worked across the aisle on the Individuals with Disabilities Education Full Funding Act (IDEA) with Republican Rep. Pete Stauber, and I’ve worked with Sen. Tina Smith to introduce the 21st Century Workforce Partnerships Act, which will give students the career skills and technical education they need to help fill the thousands of good paying, skilled job openings in Minnesota right now.
I’ve stood up for Minnesota’s farmers. I voted for a new US-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement and I introduced the bipartisan Feed Emergency Enhancement During Disasters (FEEDD) Act, which would give farmers and ranchers additional emergency harvest flexibility and help alleviate feed concerns. I’m also working with a bipartisan group of cosponsors on the Seeding Rural Resilience Act to help bring rural communities the mental health resources they need.
I never planned for a career in politics – but I did want to serve my community, and maybe change how Washington works a little in the process. My bill, the HUMBLE Act, would permanently ban Members of Congress from serving as lobbyists. And I fought for an amendment to stop Members of Congress from receiving a pay raise this year.
I’m running for re-election because the work has only begun to help build a Minnesota for all of us - where every member of every family has an outstanding education, the career training or retraining for a good job and the opportunity to earn a good life. I’m running because I’ve spent over 20 years working in healthcare and have the experience to contribute meaningfully to immediately fixing what’s wrong with healthcare today, lower the cost and work to expand healthcare to every family.
My wife, Cheryl, and I chose Minnesota as our home because as Minnesotans, we uniquely understand the importance of family, community and caring for each other. I live in Eagan, attend church in Apple Valley, and our youngest is in high school in Rosemount. I’m a Rotarian and have served on several local boards over the years.
This is my community.
I will never give up on the Minnesota and America that we can create by working together. I humbly ask for your vote in November 2020 to continue to represent you in Congress and advance this important work.