Tom Emmer

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Tom Emmer
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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
Cost per vote$15.23 in 2014
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Campaign $$2,049,149
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Minnesota House of Representatives District 19B
Bachelor'sUniversity of Alaska
J.D.William Mitchell College of Law
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.


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 2003to 2004 and the Independence City Council from 1995 to 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]

  • 2015-Present: U.S. Representative from Minnesota's 6th Congressional District
  • 2007-2008: Deputy Minority Leader, Minnesota House of Representatives
  • 2004-2010: Minnesota House of Representatives
  • 2003-2004: Member of the Delano City Council, Minnesota
  • 1995-2002: Member of the Independence City Council, Minnesota
  • 1988: Graduated from William Mitchell College of Law with a J.D.
  • 1984: Graduated from University of Alaska at Fairbanks with a B.A.

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Emmer serves on the following committees:[6]

Minnesota House

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


On The Issues Vote Match

Tom Emmer's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Emmer is a Moderate Conservative. Emmer received a score of 35 percent on social issues and 68 percent on economic issues.[7]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[8]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Favors Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Favors
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Opposes Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Opposes
Vouchers for school choice Strongly Favors Keep God in the public sphere Strongly Favors
Absolute right to gun ownership Favors Human needs over animal rights Unknown
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Opposes Stricter punishment reduces crime Strongly Favors
Support & expand free trade Unknown Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Unknown
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Unknown
Prioritize green energy Opposes Expand the military Unknown
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Unknown Stay out of Iran Unknown
Privatize Social Security Unknown Never legalize marijuana Unknown
Note: Information last updated: April 19, 2015.[7] If you notice the rating has changed, email us.

Campaign themes


Emmer's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[9]

  • Agriculture
Excerpt: "In the 114th Congress, I am honored to serve on the Agriculture Committee. Congress plays a significant role in the modernization of American farming by actively engaging in the creation of sound agriculture and land stewardship policies. I will work to promote this vital industry and ensure that our farmers have the resources they need for effective and safe production of America’s food supply."
  • Budget and the Economy
Excerpt: "For America to remain an economic superpower, it is critical that we slash back the regulations, reduce spending, return to sound monetary policy, and lessen the tax burden facing families. We can start by passing a balanced *Budget Committee It’s been more than a decade since Congress passed a proper balanced *Budget Committee This failure, coupled with a skyrocketing national debt, has our country on an unsustainable path."
  • Education and Opportunity
Excerpt: "Education is the cornerstone of building and protecting a strong, competitive workforce. Congress must also work to protect students from the looming student debt crisis. As graduates flood the labor market, they must also have gainful employment waiting for them. Schools at every level should prepare students for success, our future depends on it."
  • Energy
Excerpt: "For America to remain an economic superpower, it is critical that we slash back the regulations, reduce spending, return to sound monetary policy, and lessen the tax burden facing families. We can start by passing a balanced *Budget Committee It’s been more than a decade since Congress passed a proper balanced *Budget Committee This failure, coupled with a skyrocketing national debt, has our country on an unsustainable path."
  • Foreign Affairs
Excerpt: "I have the honor of serving on the House Foreign Affairs Committee in the 114th Congress. America must act as a global force for good, but not the world’s policeman. We must work to isolate the governments of regimes that threaten global stability and security, while working with nations to improve the lives of their citizens and protect American interests abroad."
  • Health Care
Excerpt: "Government-centered health care models like Obamacare are fundamentally unworkable and unfair, and fail to respect the dignity of human life. Congress needs to focus its energy on practical health care solutions that lower cost and increase personal choice."
  • Second Amendment
Excerpt: "The Second Amendment is an essential civil right and a significant part of our heritage in Minnesota. Our founders understood that an individual’s right to keep and bear arms is a crucial individual liberty and protection against tyrannical government. Citizens must remain vigilant in order to protect their rights, and the ability to lawfully exercise these rights should remain free from government intrusion."

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."[10] After the negative feedback, Emmer decided to meet with servers around the state to discuss the issue in more depth.[10]



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.[13]


On November 4, 2008, Tom Emmer won election to the District 19B Seat in the Minnesota House of Representatives, defeating Christine Brazelton. [14]

Tom Emmer raised $22,127 for his campaign.[15]

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

Comprehensive donor history

Comprehensive donor information for Emmer is available dating back to 2014. Based on available campaign finance records, Emmer raised a total of $2,049,149 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 15, 2015.[16]

Tom Emmer's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2014 U.S. House (Minnesota, District 6) Won $2,049,149
Grand Total Raised $2,049,149


Emmer won election to the U.S. House in 2014. During that election cycle, Emmer's campaign committee raised a total of $2,049,149 and spent $2,030,950.[17] This is more than the average $1.45 million spent by House winners in 2014.[18]

Cost per vote

Emmer spent $15.23 per general election vote received in 2014.

U.S. House, Minnesota District 6, 2014 - Tom Emmer Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $2,049,149
Total Spent $2,030,950
Total Raised by Election Runner-up $223,413
Total Spent by Election Runner-up $221,219
Top contributors to Tom Emmer's campaign committee
Hubbard Broadcasting$14,000
Renter's Warehouse$12,100
Ames Construction$11,900
Starkey Laboratories$11,400
Craw LLC$10,500
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Leadership PACs$64,500
Real Estate$45,439
Health Professionals$39,350

As of July 15, 2013, Emmer had raised $225,000.[19]

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.[20]


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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  1. 1.0 1.1 Campaign website, "About" accessed June 10, 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1 Associated Press, "Minnesota - 2014 Primary Results," accessed August 12, 2014
  3. Politico, "House Elections Results," accessed November 11, 2014
  4. Project Vote Smart, "Rep. Emmer," accessed February 13, 2012
  5. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "Tom Emmer," accessed January 26, 2015
  6. U.S. House of Representatives, Office of the Clerk, "Committee Information," accessed February 18, 2015
  7. 7.0 7.1 On The Issues, "Tom Emmer Vote Match," accessed April 19, 2015
  8. The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more restrictive answers.
  9. Tom Emmer for Congress, "Issues," accessed February 4, 2015
  10. 10.0 10.1 Talking Points Memo, "Emmer In Damage Control Mode: Meeting Waiters After Claiming They Made $100K In Tips," accessed April 15, 2014
  11. Star Tribune, "Republicans endorse Emmer for Sixth District," accessed April 15, 2014
  12. Star Tribune, "Bachmann backs Republican candidate Emmer to succeed her in Congress as primary awaits him," accessed April 16, 2014 (dead link)
  13. Secretary of State Official general election results
  14. 2008 General Election Results
  15. Follow the Money's report on Emmer's 2008 campaign contributions
  16. Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for Tom Emmer," accessed April 15, 2015
  17. Open Secrets, "Tom Emmer 2014 Election Cycle," accessed April 8, 2015
  18. Open Secrets, "Winning vs. Spending," accessed April 8, 2015
  19. Star Tribune, "In targeted races, Kline, Emmer haul in the cash," accessed July 17, 2013
  20. Federal Elections Commission, "Tom Emmer Summary Report," accessed April 23, 2014
  21. Federal Elections Commission, "Tom Emmer July Quarterly," accessed April 23, 2014
  22. Federal Elections Commission, "Tom Emmer October Quarterly," accessed April 23, 2014
  23. Federal Elections Commission, "Tom Emmer Year-End," accessed April 23, 2014
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)