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Tom Emmer

Tom Emmer

Statement about running for governor:

“We will develop our policy agenda guided by our core principles of limited government, economic freedom, and individual liberty. Government needs to be redesigned and reformed; only by listening to the people can we ensure that the reforms meet the needs of Minnesotans.”  -- May 26, 2010 Capitol press conference

Party: Republican

Current government position: State representative, District 19B

Elected: 2004

Term: 3rd

Occupation: Attorney


Birth date: March 3, 1961

Home: Delano

Education: B.A., history/political science, University of Alaska, Fairbanks; J.D., William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul

Website: Campaign website


Key issues and priorities: According to his website, Emmer has authored legislation on "truancy reform, sweeping health care reforms, stringent penalties and alternative treatment options for the worst of the worst convicted sex offenders." Emmer's website also lists these "Statement of Principles."

Political experience:
Member of Independence and Delano City councils, 1994-2004

Background articles:

Emmer on state budget problems

Emmer on "Glenn Beck Show"

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