|U.S. House, Minnesota, District 6|
|January 3, 2015 - Present|
|January 7, 2017|
|Years in position||0|
|Predecessor||Michele Bachmann (R)|
|Elections and appointments|
|First elected||November 4, 2014|
|Next general||November 8, 2016|
|Minnesota House of Representatives District 19B|
Tom Emmer was born in South Bend, Indiana but grew up in Edina, Minnesota. His family had roots in the state; his great grandfather founded Emmer Brothers Lumber in 1907. The company is today known as Viking Forest Products and Mark's brother, Jack, manages the business. Mark joined JROTC and attended an all-male college prep school, the St. Thomas Academy before attending college at Boston College and the University of Alaska. He played hockey for both schools and continues to be an avid player.
Emmer earned a Juris Doctorate in 1988 and spent several years practicing as a trial attorney before founding his own law firm. He served on the Delano City Council from 2003-2004 and the Independence City Council from 1995-2002. In 2004, he won election to the Minnesota State House of Representatives, and he held this seat until 2011.
Emmer is a member of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Minnesota State Bar Association, North Dakota State Bar Association, and Wisconsin State Bar Association.
He has been married to Jacqueline Emmer since 1986; they have seven children.
Below is an abbreviated outline of Emmer's academic, professional and political career:
- 1984: Graduated from University of Alaska at Fairbanks with a B.A.
- 1988: Graduated from William Mitchell College of Law with a J.D.
- 1995-2002: Member of the Independence City Council, Minnesota
- 2003-2004: Member of the Delano City Council, Minnesota
- 2004-2010: Minnesota State House of Representatives
- 2007-2008: Deputy Minority Leader, Minnesota State House of Representatives
- 2015-Present: U.S. House Representative, Minnesota's 6th Congressional District
Minnesota House of Representatives
Prior to leaving the house, he served on the following committees:
- State and Local Government Operations Reform, Technology and Elections (Lead GOP)
- Healthcare and Human Services Finance Division
- Healthcare and Human Services Policy and Oversight
- Licensing Division
Minimum wage and tips
Along with six other states, Minnesota requires employers to pay minimum wage to tipped employees, such as waiters. Emmer proposed a change to this law that would count tips toward the minimum wage requirement. However, Emmer received negative media attention when he allegedly stated, "With the tips that they get to take home, there are some people earning over $100,000 a year. More than the very people providing the jobs and investing not only their life savings but their families' future." After the negative feedback, Emmer decided to meet with servers around the state to discuss the issue in more depth.
Emmer ran for election to the U.S. House representing the 6th Congressional District in Minnesota. Emmer won the Republican nomination in the primary on August 12, 2014. He defeated Joe Perske (D) and John Denney (Independence Party of America) in the general election on November 4, 2014.
|U.S. House, Minnesota District 6 General Election, 2014|
|Source: Minnesota Secretary of State|
|U.S. House, Minnesota District 6 Republican Primary, 2014|
|Source: Minnesota Secretary of State|
Emmer was endorsed by the following groups and individuals:
Emmer ran for governor in 2010. He faced Mark Dayton (D), Farheen Hakeem (G), and Tom Horner (Independence) in the general election on November 2, 2010. Emmer was defeated by Democratic candidate Mark Dayton.
Tom Emmer raised $22,127 for his campaign.
|Minnesota House of Representatives, District 19B (2008)|
|Tom Emmer (R)||17,455||60.81%|
|Christine Brazelton (DFL)||11,194||39.00%|
As of July 15, 2013, Emmer had raised $225,000.
|Tom Emmer (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|July Quarterly||October 11, 2013||$0.00||$220,946.40||$(22,035.64)||$198,910.76|
|October Quarterly||January 30, 2014||$198,910.76||$158,270.50||$(76,749.93)||$280,431.33|
|Year-End||January 31, 2014||$280,431.33||$247,082.71||$(191,788.31)||$335,725.73|
|July Quarterly||July 15, 2014||$252,737.00||$278,955.00||$(273,743.00)||$259,929.00|
Listed below are the two largest contributors to Tom Emmer's 2008 campaign.
|Wright County Republican Party||$2,000|
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- Governor of Minnesota
- Minnesota gubernatorial election, 2010
- United States House of Representatives
- Minnesota's 6th Congressional District elections, 2014
- Minnesota's 6th Congressional District
- United States House of Representatives elections in Minnesota, 2014
- Tom Emmer's campaign website
- Minnesota House of Representatives - Rep. Emmer
- Legislative Profile from Project Vote Smart
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign Contributions: 2008, 2004
- Tom Emmer on Facebook
- Tom Emmer on Twitter
- Campaign website, "About" accessed June 10, 2013
- Associated Press, "Minnesota - 2014 Primary Results," accessed August 12, 2014
- Politico, "House Elections Results," accessed November 11, 2014
- Project Vote Smart - Rep. Emmer
- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "Tom Emmer," accessed January 26, 2015
- Talking Points Memo, "Emmer In Damage Control Mode: Meeting Waiters After Claiming They Made $100K In Tips," accessed April 15, 2014
- Star Tribune, "Republicans endorse Emmer for Sixth District," accessed April 15, 2014
- Star Tribune, "Bachmann backs Republican candidate Emmer to succeed her in Congress as primary awaits him," accessed April 16, 2014 (dead link)
- Secretary of State Official general election results
- 2008 General Election Results
- Follow the Money's report on Emmer's 2008 campaign contributions
- Star Tribune, "In targeted races, Kline, Emmer haul in the cash," accessed July 17, 2013
- Federal Elections Commission, "Tom Emmer Summary Report," accessed April 23, 2014
- Federal Elections Commission, "Tom Emmer July Quarterly," accessed April 23, 2014
- Federal Elections Commission, "Tom Emmer October Quarterly," accessed April 23, 2014
- Federal Elections Commission, "Tom Emmer Year-End," accessed April 23, 2014
Michele Bachmann (R)
|U.S. House of Representatives - Minneosta District 6
| Succeeded by|
|Minnesota State House District 19B
| Succeeded by|
Joe McDonald (R)
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