Mike Obermueller

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Mike Obermueller
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Candidate for
U.S. House, Minnesota, District 2
PartyDemocratic
Elections and appointments
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Minnesota House
2 years
Education
Bachelor'sLoras College
J.D.University of Iowa
Personal
Birthday1973
Place of birthMarshfield, WI
ProfessionAttorney
ReligionCatholic
Websites
Campaign website
Mike Obermueller is running for the U.S. House representing the 2nd Congressional District of Minnesota in 2014.[1] Obermueller won the Democratic nomination in the primary on August 12, 2014.[2]

Obermueller was also a 2012 Democratic-Farmer-Labor candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 2nd Congressional District of Minnesota. Previously, he was a Democratic-Farmer-Labor member of the Minnesota House of Representatives. He represented District 38B from 2009 to 2011. He was defeated in the 2010 general election.

Biography

Obermueller was born in Marshfield, WI. He was raised on a small family-run dairy farm. He earned his J.D. from the University of Iowa College of Law, and B.A. in Media and Public Address from Loras College.Obermueller is a member of the Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce, Eagan Art Festival Board, Knights of Columbus, and Saint Thomas Becket Catholic Church.[3]

Career

He has worked as a criminal prosecutor, Director of College Dining Service/Catering Business at Mount Marty College, and an Associate with Winthrop and Weinstine, Practicing Attorneys.[4]

Elections

2014

See also: Minnesota's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2014

Obermueller is running in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Minnesota's 2nd District.[5] Obermueller won the Democratic nomination in the primary on August 12, 2014.[2] The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

U.S. House, Minnesota District 2 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMike Obermueller 82.6% 11,479
Michael J. Roberts 17.4% 2,423
Total Votes 13,902
Source: 91% reporting, Results via Associated Press Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.

2012

See also: Minnesota's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2012

Obermueller ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Minnesota's 2nd District. He lost to incumbent John Kline in the November general elections.[6]

U.S. House, Minnesota District 2 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Kline Incumbent 54% 193,587
     Democratic Mike Obermueller 45.8% 164,338
     NA Write-in 0.1% 521
Total Votes 358,446
Source: Minnesota Secretary of State, "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Effect of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Minnesota

According to the Washington Post, redistricting transformed the 2nd District from a safe seat into a swing district. While the 2nd formerly went safely for Republican John Kline, the newly drawn district was a battleground for Republicans and Democrats fighting for control of the House. Democratic leadership selected Obermueller as their "Red to Blue" program candidate.[7]

Given the new district maps, Democrats in the state said they had better odds of defeating incumbent John Kline (R), who won his last election by a 30 percent margin. Democrats hoped that Kline's south suburban and rural district, which included a southeastern swath of Minnesota from Dakota County to Wabasha County and over to Scott and Rice counties, would turn in their favor.[8]

Media

Obermueller first campaign ad aired on October 8, 2012.[9]


Mike Obermueller, "Pizza"[10]

Campaign issues

The policy positions below were highlighted on Obermueller's campaign website.[11]

  • Cutting Wasteful Spending and Reducing the National Debt

Excerpt: "First, we need to cut spending. We can start right away by eliminating more than $200 billion in government redundancies and waste identified by the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office (GAO)....Second, we need to end tax subsidies for big oil companies and ask millionaires to pay their fair share."[12]

  • Creating Jobs

Excerpt: "Mike will work to create an environment in which small businesses can thrive as members of our communities to encourage new job creation and entrepreneurship."[13]

  • Education

Excerpt: "A strong public education system means a strong long-term economy. In order to achieve this, we must lower our class sizes, adopt high standards for schools that reward creativity, train and retain the best teachers and provide higher education that is affordable and accessible to all qualified students."[14]

  • Energy

Excerpt: "We need a comprehensive energy plan which works towards energy independence and sustainability. Investing in the production of clean and renewable energy is not only a step toward sustainability but will be a boost to the economy, particularly in rural communities."[15]

  • Seniors

Excerpt: "Social Security and Medicare are earned benefits and part of a solemn promise we’ve made to our seniors. We must protect and defend these rights from those willing to put our seniors at risk."[16]

  • Women’s Rights

Excerpt: "All women deserve equal pay for equal work; access to effective birth control; and the right to make their own medical decisions in consultation with their doctors."[17]

  • Agriculture

Excerpt: "Mike will work to protect small, family farms and smart farm policy."[18]

  • Securing the Homeland

Excerpt: "When facing international conflict, the United States needs to exhaust every possible option before putting our military in harm’s way and using force. However, the United States needs to reserve the right to use force, once all other options have been exhausted. We need to maintain a strong military in case its participation is necessary."[19]

  • Honoring Our Veterans

Excerpt: "We need to make sure we’re not only fully funding our men and women in the armed forces when they are in the field, but when they come back home as well. They deserve education as well as care for those coming back with injuries and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder."[20]

2010

See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2010

Obermueller ran for re-election to the District 38B seat in 2010. He had no primary opposition. He was defeated by Doug Wardlow (R) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[21]

2008

On November 4, 2008, Mike Obermueller won election to the District 38B Seat in the Minnesota House of Representatives, defeating Lynn Wardlow. [22]

Mike Obermueller raised $41,708 for his campaign.[23]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 38B (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Mike Obermueller (DFL) 10,712 51.19%
Lynn Wardlow (R) 10,193 48.71%
Write-In 19 0.09%

Campaign donors

2014

Mike Obermueller had raised only $131,000 and had a little more than $93,000 in cash-on-hand as of June 30, 2013. His opponent, John Kline raised more than $740,000 in the first half of 2013. As of June 30, 2013, Kline had $1.1 million in the bank.[24]

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Obermueller's reports.[25]

Mike Obermueller (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[26]April 15, 2013$12,007.43$660.00$(7,152.73)$5,514.70
July Quarterly[27]July 15, 2013$5,514.70$130,088.84$(42,442.16)$93,161.38
October Quarterly[28]October 15, 2013$93,161.38$73,632.99$(47,340.82)$119,453.55
Year-End[29]January 31, 2014$119,453.55$132,486.34$(48,429.30)$203,510.59
April Quarterly[30]April 15, 2014$203,510.59$81,645.33$(46,944.90)$238,211.02
Running totals
$418,513.5$(192,309.91)

2012

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

Obermueller lost the United States House of Representatives election in 2012. During that election cycle, Obermueller's campaign committee raised a total of $717,173 and spent $705,166.[31]

2008

Donor Amount
Public Fund $6,580
38th Senate District Democrat-Farmer-Labor $3,069

Committee assignments

Prior to leaving the house, he served on the following committees:

  • Bioscience and Workforce Development Policy and Oversight Division (Vice Chair)
  • Energy Finance and Policy Division
  • Higher Education and Workforce Development Finance and Policy Division
  • K-12 Education Policy and Oversight

Personal

Obermueller is married to his wife, Sarah and has two children.[32]

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External links

References

  1. Startribune.com, "Two Democrats plan to run against Republican U.S. Rep. John Kline" April 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1 Associated Press, "Minnesota - 2014 Primary Results," accessed August 12, 2014
  3. Project Vote Smart - Rep. Obermueller
  4. Project Vote Smart - Rep. Obermueller
  5. Mike Obermueller, "Campaign website," accessed July 17, 2013
  6. ABC News, "General Election Results 2012-Minnesota," November 7, 2012
  7. Washington Post blog, "The 10 House districts that might surprise you," May 11, 2012
  8. Star Tribune, "DFL has set its sights on Rep. John Kline's seat" April 6, 2012
  9. Mike Obermueller, "News and Updates," accessed: October 9, 2012
  10. YouTube channel
  11. Mike Obermueller, "Issues," accessed: October 9, 2012
  12. Mike Obermueller, "Issues," accessed: October 9, 2012
  13. Mike Obermueller, "Issues," accessed: October 9, 2012
  14. Mike Obermueller, "Issues," accessed: October 9, 2012
  15. Mike Obermueller, "Issues," accessed: October 9, 2012
  16. Mike Obermueller, "Issues," accessed: October 9, 2012
  17. Mike Obermueller, "Issues," accessed: October 9, 2012
  18. Mike Obermueller, "Issues," accessed: October 9, 2012
  19. Mike Obermueller, "Issues," accessed: October 9, 2012
  20. Mike Obermueller, "Issues," accessed: October 9, 2012
  21. Secretary of State Official general election results
  22. 2008 General Election Results
  23. Follow the Money's report on Obermuller's 2008 campaign contributions
  24. Post Bulletin, "Kline boasts $1.1 million campaign war chest," accessed July 17, 2013
  25. Federal Election Commission, "Mike Obermueller Summary Report," accessed April 23, 2014
  26. Federal Election Commission, "Mike Obermueller April Quarterly," accessed April 23, 2014
  27. Federal Election Commission, "Mike Obermueller July Quarterly," accessed April 23, 2014
  28. Federal Election Commission, "Mike Obermueller October Quarterly," accessed April 23, 2014
  29. Federal Election Commission, "Mike Obermueller Year-End," accessed April 23, 2014
  30. Federal Election Commission, "Mike Obermueller April Quarterly," accessed April 23, 2014
  31. Open Secrets, " 2012 Election Cycle," accessed March 2013
  32. Vote Smart Project, "Mike Obermueller," accessed: October 9, 2012