Former state Rep. Dan Severson is expected to announce today that he’ll run against U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar in 2012.
He’ll be the first Republican to formally announce a run against Klobuchar, considered a tough incumbent to beat.
Severson ran for secretary of state last year, losing to incumbent Mark Ritchie.
He served four terms in the House from Sauk Rapids from 2003 to 2010. He’s a retired Navy pilot and helped form the Minnesota Organization of Republican Veterans, designed to recruit military veterans for elected office.