Office: Minnesota District 6 U.S. representative
City of residence: St. Cloud
Background: A St. Cloud native, I came from a middle-class, Catholic family. After receiving my degree in education (St. Cloud State), I founded the AmericInn™ Hotel chain and went on to create hundreds of small businesses and thousands of jobs throughout the region. Married, three children, seven wonderful grandchildren.
Endorsements: No endorsements listed.
Most important issue: My top priority is strengthening the economy by bringing good paying jobs to MN06. As a businessman, I understand what it'll take to create jobs. I'll work to foster an atmosphere of economic growth by cutting meaningless red-tape and ensuring that small businesses have access to capital. I'll work to curb the cost of health care by promoting transparency and by implementing free-market principles. I'll support strengthening the workforce of the future by ensuring our children have access to a quality education and that students get the job training needed to become flourishing members of society.
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 agree
Congress should seek to reduce the deficit through a combination of spending cuts and tax increases. Somewhat disagree
The eligibility age for Social Security should be raised for younger workers to sustain those programs over time. Somewhat disagree
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. Do not wish to respond
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."