Tom Emmer

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Tom Emmer
U.S. House, Minnesota, District 6
In office
January 3, 2015 - Present
Term ends
January 7, 2017
Years in position 0
PredecessorMichele Bachmann (R)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Minnesota House of Representatives District 19B
ProfessionTrial Attorney
Office website
Campaign website
Thomas Earl "Tom" Emmer, Jr. a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, representing the 6th Congressional District of Minnesota.[1] Emmer won the Republican nomination in the primary on August 12, 2014.[2] He defeated challengers Joe Perske (D) and John Denney (IND) in the general election.[3]

He was previously a Republican member of the Minnesota House of Representatives. He represented District 19B from 2004 to 2011. He served as Deputy Minority Leader.


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.[4]

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:[5]

  • 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

Committee assignments

Minnesota House of Representatives

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


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."[6] After the negative feedback, Emmer decided to meet with servers around the state to discuss the issue in more depth.[6]



See also: United States House of Representatives elections in Minnesota, 2014

Emmer ran for election to the U.S. House representing the 6th Congressional District in Minnesota.[1] Emmer won the Republican nomination in the primary on August 12, 2014.[2] 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
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTom Emmer 56.3% 133,328
     Democratic Joe Perske 38.4% 90,926
     Independence John Denney 5.3% 12,457
     N/A Write-in 0.1% 135
Total Votes 236,846
Source: Minnesota Secretary of State
U.S. House, Minnesota District 6 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTom Emmer 73.3% 19,557
Rhonda Sivarajah 26.7% 7,125
Total Votes 26,682
Source: Minnesota Secretary of State


Emmer was endorsed by the following groups and individuals:


See also: Minnesota gubernatorial election, 2010 and Gubernatorial elections, 2010

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.[9]


On November 4, 2008, Tom Emmer won election to the District 19B Seat in the Minnesota House of Representatives, defeating Christine Brazelton. [10]

Tom Emmer raised $22,127 for his campaign.[11]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 19B (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Tom Emmer (R) 17,455 60.81%
Christine Brazelton (DFL) 11,194 39.00%
Write-In 55 0.19%

Campaign donors


As of July 15, 2013, Emmer had raised $225,000.[12]

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Emmer's reports.[13]

Tom Emmer (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July Quarterly[14]October 11, 2013$0.00$220,946.40$(22,035.64)$198,910.76
October Quarterly[15]January 30, 2014$198,910.76$158,270.50$(76,749.93)$280,431.33
Year-End[16]January 31, 2014$280,431.33$247,082.71$(191,788.31)$335,725.73
July QuarterlyJuly 15, 2014$252,737.00$278,955.00$(273,743.00)$259,929.00
Running totals


Listed below are the two largest contributors to Tom Emmer's 2008 campaign.

Donor Amount
Public Fund $7,702
Wright County Republican Party $2,000

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Political offices
Preceded by
Michele Bachmann (R)
U.S. House of Representatives - Minneosta District 6
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Minnesota State House District 19B
Succeeded by
Joe McDonald (R)