Office: Minnesota U.S. senator Seat 1
City of residence: Minneapolis
Background: As the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate in Minnesota’s history and a former Hennepin County attorney, I put Minnesota first to get things done. I am a strong advocate for middle-class families and worked for economic growth, job creation, and fiscal responsibility.
Endorsements: DFL Party; Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association; Minnesota Fraternal Order of Police; Minnesota Professional Fire Fighters /International Association of Firefighters; Minnesota Farm Bureau; Minnesota Farmers Union; Minnesota Nurses Association; AFL-CIO; Steelworkers
Most important issue: We need an economy that is built to last and that creates economic opportunity for all Americans. I have been working to advance a competitive agenda for America that promotes long-term economic growth and private-sector jobs, including revitalizing America’s innovative edge, educating the next generation of American innovators, opening up new markets abroad for U.S. producers, cutting through regulatory red tape, developing homegrown energy, and reducing our nation’s debt in a balanced way. I will continue to work with Minnesota businesses, workers and farmers to ensure they have the support they need to succeed.
More information: Candidate website
Candidates were asked to respond to statements on five policy issues. They were given seven options: "Strongly agree", "Somewhat agree", "Have mixed feelings", "Somewhat disagree", "Strongly disagree", "Have no opinion" and "Do not wish to respond."
Congress should extend the Bush tax cuts to all earners. Somewhat disagree
Congress should seek to reduce the deficit through a combination of spending cuts and tax increases. Strongly agree
The eligibility age for Social Security should be raised for younger workers to sustain those programs over time. Somewhat agree
Congress should raise the 18.4 cents-per-gallon federal gasoline tax to rebuild the nation’s aging roads and bridges. Strongly disagree
Now that the Supreme Court has upheld the Affordable Care Act, individuals who fail to purchase health insurance should have to pay a tax or penalty based on their income, as called for by the law. Somewhat agree
The Minnesota amendment ballot question reads should "photo identification be required for voting."
The Minnesota amendment ballot question reads should "the recognition of marriage be solely between one man and one woman."