Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Texas are holding elections next week. Find out what's on your ballot in our latest report.

Tom Emmer

From Ballotpedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Tom Emmer
Tom Emmer.png
U.S. House, Minnesota, District 6
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2015 - Present
Term ends
January 7, 2017
Years in position 0
PartyRepublican
PredecessorMichele Bachmann (R)
Compensation
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
2004-2011
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Alaska
J.D.William Mitchell College of Law
Personal
ProfessionTrial Attorney
Websites
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.

Biography

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.

Career

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

2015-2016

Emmer serves on the following committees:[6]

Minnesota House

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

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Emmer's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[7]

  • 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."[8] After the negative feedback, Emmer decided to meet with servers around the state to discuss the issue in more depth.[8]

Elections

2014

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

Endorsements

Emmer was endorsed by the following groups and individuals:

2010

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.[11]

2008

On November 4, 2008, Tom Emmer won election to the District 19B Seat in the Minnesota House of Representatives, defeating Christine Brazelton. [12]

Tom Emmer raised $22,127 for his campaign.[13]

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

2014

As of July 15, 2013, Emmer had raised $225,000.[14]

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.[15]

Tom Emmer (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July Quarterly[16]October 11, 2013$0.00$220,946.40$(22,035.64)$198,910.76
October Quarterly[17]January 30, 2014$198,910.76$158,270.50$(76,749.93)$280,431.33
Year-End[18]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
$905,254.61$(564,316.88)

2008

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

Recent news

BP-Initials-UPDATED.png
Know more information about this profile?
Submit a bio

This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term "Tom + Emmer + Minnesota + Congress"

All stories may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of the search engine.

Tom Emmer News Feed

  • Loading...

See also

External links

BP-Initials-UPDATED.png
Suggest a link

References

  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. Tom Emmer for Congress, "Issues," accessed February 4, 2015
  8. 8.0 8.1 Talking Points Memo, "Emmer In Damage Control Mode: Meeting Waiters After Claiming They Made $100K In Tips," accessed April 15, 2014
  9. Star Tribune, "Republicans endorse Emmer for Sixth District," accessed April 15, 2014
  10. Star Tribune, "Bachmann backs Republican candidate Emmer to succeed her in Congress as primary awaits him," accessed April 16, 2014 (dead link)
  11. Secretary of State Official general election results
  12. 2008 General Election Results
  13. Follow the Money's report on Emmer's 2008 campaign contributions
  14. Star Tribune, "In targeted races, Kline, Emmer haul in the cash," accessed July 17, 2013
  15. Federal Elections Commission, "Tom Emmer Summary Report," accessed April 23, 2014
  16. Federal Elections Commission, "Tom Emmer July Quarterly," accessed April 23, 2014
  17. Federal Elections Commission, "Tom Emmer October Quarterly," accessed April 23, 2014
  18. 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
2015–present
Succeeded by
NA
Preceded by
-
Minnesota State House District 19B
2004–present
Succeeded by
Joe McDonald (R)