Brian Barnes

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Brian Barnes
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Candidate for
U.S. House, Minnesota, District 3
Bachelor'sUnited States Merchant Marine Academy
Master'sWashington University in St. Louis
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Naval Reserve
Years of service2000-2011
Campaign website
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Brian Barnes was a 2012 Democratic candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 3rd Congressional District of Minnesota.


Barnes earned his undergraduate degree from the Merchant Marine Academy. He was a Lt. Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserves for 11 years.[1]


  • Global Salesman/Marketer at Cummins (2007-present)
  • Midshipman, United States Merchant Marine Academy
  • Lieutenant Commander, United States Navy Reserve



See also: Minnesota's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2012

Barnes ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Minnesota's 3rd District. He was defeated by Republican incumbent Erik Paulsen in the November general election.

U.S. House, Minnesota District 3 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngErik Paulsen Incumbent 58.1% 222,335
     Democratic Brian Barnes 41.8% 159,937
     NA Write-in 0.1% 433
Total Votes 382,705
Source: Minnesota Secretary of State, "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election" (dead link)


Below is a profile video released by Barnes.[2]

Brian Barnes, "Meet Brian Barnes"[3]

Campaign issues

The following issues were highlighted by Barnes on his campaign website.[4]

  • Job Creation and Growing our Economy

Excerpt: "We are the most innovative and enterprising nation in the world, and we shouldn’t accept anything less. It’s time we invest in America again. With a new national commitment to world-class infrastructure and world-class education, we will spur long-term economic growth and out-compete the rest of the world."[5]

  • Fiscal Responsibility and Balancing our Budget

Excerpt: "Brian is committed to bipartisan action for responsible solutions, such as Simpson-Bowles. Brian believes we start with cutting wasteful spending, closing tax loopholes, reforming our dysfunctional tax code, and rejecting government handouts to Big Oil and other special interests. Brian knows we must solve this problem immediately, and it will take a shared sacrifice to do it."[6]

  • Bipartisanship and Reforming Congress

Excerpt: "Partisan politics and the influence of money have broken our system. Brian is committed to ending the influence of money in Congress, and he will always vote on what’s right, not what he’s told will get him re-elected."[7]

  • Protecting Medicare and Social Security

Excerpt: "Seniors earned their Medicare and Social Security through a lifetime of work, and it’s a promise Brian is committed to keep. While we can manage spending by increasing efficiency, Brian believes any changes should only strengthen the care seniors receive, and preserve them for our children and grandchildren."[8]

  • Women’s Rights

Excerpt: "Brian wants his daughter to have the same opportunities to succeed as he had. He will always stand up for her basic rights and freedom, and will accept nothing less than full equality and equal protection for women."[9]

  • Healthcare

Excerpt: "While Brian believes the Affordable Care Act is not perfect and doesn’t do enough to address costs, he will work in a bipartisan effort to fix and improve it."[10]

Campaign donors


Above is a breakdown of funds for the 2012 election, according to source.

Barnes lost the United States House of Representatives election in 2012. During that election cycle, Barnes' campaign committee raised a total of $400,435 and spent $397,940.[11]


Barnes lives in Edina, MN, with his wife, Jennifer.[12]

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