|U.S. House, Minnesota, District 8|
|Elections and appointments|
|Next primary||August 12, 2014|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Profession||Vice President of Mills Fleet Farm|
Mills is the grandson of Mills Fleet Farm founder Stewart Mills Sr. Mills Fleet Farm is a retail chain located in the Midwest. Mills has worked for his family business in various capacities since he was 14. He is currently vice president of the business. Mills has started various other projects, including an indoor shooting range and a television series. He has been a board member of the Minnesota Fraternal Order of Police Foundation and is the creator of the Louis Hostager Award, given by the Brainerd Family YMCA.
- B.A., Business Administration, Northwood University
Mills has criticized his opponent, Rick Nolan, for voting against funding for the United States Department of Veteran Affairs and against the Keystone Pipeline.
Mills is a strong advocate for gun rights, and is well known for a YouTube video from January 2013 in which he speaks out against Rick Nolan's position on gun control. Nolan, the current representative from Mills' district, wanted to crack down on assault weapons in response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Mills responded with a video in which he compared the damage done by a shotgun to the damage done by a Huldra AR-15, saying that a shotgun is actually more destructive, and that limiting Second Amendment rights is not the proper solution to prevent school shootings.
He has not taken a position on same-sex marriage because "the state has already decided the issue."
Mills' long hair has caused a variety of responses from both the media and voters. Whereas some see his hair as making him look youthful and attractive, others think that it makes him look immature and unprofessional. Regardless, it has won him acclaim as the "Brad Pitt of the Republican Party." Mills is not concerned by the criticism, instead embracing the differences between him and other candidates. In one interview, he compared himself with the typical candidate, stating, "I don’t look the part. I don’t shave every day, I have long hair, I don’t necessarily want to wear a suit unless I have to. I don’t feel comfortable with cookie-cutter molds of what is considered a traditional candidate." While this image could help him in his bid against incumbent Rick Nolan, Mills also runs the risk of voters focusing more on his appearance than the political message of his campaign. His proposed solution is to focus his energy on a serious campaign, while letting others "promote the novelty of it."
Mills is running in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Minnesota's 8th District. Mills is seeking the Republican nomination in the primary on August 12, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.
The National Republican Congressional Committee added Mills to their "On the Radar" list in November 2013. According to the NRCC, candidates that make this list receive "...the tools they need to run successful, winning campaigns against their Democratic opponents."
Mills has received the following endorsements:
- Sixteen Minnesota state legislators, including Kurt Daudt, Michelle Benson, Sean Nienow and Carrie Ruud
- The Minnesota Gun Owners PAC
- Minnesota's 8th Congressional District Republicans
- Mills released his first television ad in May 2014, discussing his history with Mills Fleet Farm and how his experience has affected his views on Obamacare.
- In a June 2014 campaign ad, Mills' wife praises him for his community involvement, including the "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes" event to raise money for victims of domestic violence.
|Stewart Mills (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|October Quarterly||October 15, 2013||$0||$243,826.30||$(9,383.77)||$234,442.53|
|Year-End||January 31, 2014||$234,442.53||$205,263.98||$(133,416.76)||$306,289.75|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2014||$306,289.75||$211,694.14||$(162,245.00)||$355,738.89|
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- Stewart Mills for Congress, "About Stewart Mills," accessed March 17, 2014
- CBS Minnesota, "Grandson Of Fleet Farm Founder Eyes Congress Bid," June 26, 2013
- Roll Call, "Brad Pitt and Minnesota’s 8th District," June 10, 2013
- Star Tribune, "Mills Fleet Farm exec hopes to oust U.S. Rep. Nolan, D-Minn," June 26, 2013
- Pioneer Press, "Stewart Mills wins GOP endorsement for 8th District race against Rick Nolan," April 13, 2014
- YouTube, "Duck Hunting Shotgun Proven To Be more Dangerous Than A Huldra AR-15," accessed March 18, 2014
- CBS Minnesota, "YouTube Video: Hunting Rifles More Dangerous Than Semi-Automatics," accessed March 18, 2014
- Star Tribune, "Mills Fleet Farm executive to vie for Congress," June 5, 2013
- Politico, "The Brad Pitt of the Republican Party," accessed June 27, 2014
- Minnesota Public Radio, "Stewart Mills to run for 8th Dist. seat," accessed July 17, 2013
- Roll Call, "House Republicans Put 36 Recruits ‘On the Radar’," accessed November 21, 2013
- NRCC Young Guns, "List," accessed March 20, 2014
- Politics in Minnesota, "Stewart Mills announces GOP endorsements for CD 8 bid," accessed November 23, 2013
- Stewart Mills for Congress, "Stewart Mills Announces the Endorsements of 16 Minnesota State Legislators," accessed May 24, 2014
- Minnesota Gun Owners Political Action Committee, "Press Release: MN Gun Owners PAC endorses Stewart Mills for Minnesota’s 8th Congressional District," accessed May 24, 2014
- Brainerd Dispatch, "Stewart Mills endorsed for Congress by 8th District GOP," accessed May 24, 2014
- YouTube, "In Her Shoes," accessed June 30, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "Stewart Mills Summary Report," accessed April 23, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "Stewart Mills October Quarterly," accessed March 19, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "Stewart Mills Year-End," accessed March 19, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "Stewart Mills April Quarterly," accessed April 23, 2014