Statement about running for governor: Haas announced he will run for governor, saying: “People are fed up with the way campaigns have been run in the past. I have never attacked my opponent nor will I. That reflects back on my integrity.” — Star Tribune, June, 10, 2009
Current government position: None
Occupation: Employee Benefits Broker/Consultant (health insurance), registered lobbyist for some northern Minnesota Indian tribes
Birth date: June 25, 1949
Education: University of Minnesota, A.A., math/biology
Key issues and priorities: While a state representative, Haas supported small businesses’ efforts to reduce health care costs, opposed the Northstar line and was involved in casino and fishing and wildlife legislation.
Political experience: State representative, 1995-2002 (District 48A); 2003-2004 (District 47A); mayor of Champlin, 1992-1994
“Republican lawmakers get wake-up call”