Chris Fields

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Chris Fields
Chris Fields.jpg
Candidate for
U.S. House, Minnesota, District 5
Prior offices
High schoolBronx Regional High School, Valedictorian
Bachelor'sPark University, B.S. Business Management
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Marine Corps
Place of birthBronx, N.Y.
ProfessionRetired U.S. Marine
Campaign website
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Chris Fields was a 2012 Republican candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 5th Congressional District of Minnesota. He lost in the general election.[1]


Fields was born in The Bronx, New York, the first of three children to an unwed teenage mother. Fields went to Bronx Regional High School, where he graduated valedictorian. After high school, Fields enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, where he served for 21 years, eventually earning his commission and attaining the rank of Major. Fields retired from the Marines in 2011.

After retiring, Fields settled permanently in Minneapolis to join his wife, who owns a Minneapolis-based law firm.[2]


  • Officer, United States Marine Corps
  • Former Messenger, Package Delivery Company



See also: Minnesota's 5th Congressional District elections, 2012

Fields was the endorsed Republican candidate in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Minnesota's 5th District. Fields was endorsed in a convention on April 14, 2012, with over 75% of the vote on the first ballot.[3] Fields did not have a challenger in the August 14 Primary election. He lost to Democratic incumbent Keith Ellison in the November general election.[1]

U.S. House, Minnesota District 5 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKeith Ellison Incumbent 74.5% 262,102
     Republican Chris Fields 25.2% 88,753
     NA Write-in 0.3% 1,114
Total Votes 351,969
Source: Minnesota Secretary of State, "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election" (dead link)


Fields released the following campaign ad on October 1, 2012.[4]

Chris Fields, "Does Race Matter?"[5]

Campaign issues

Below are several issues highlighted on Field's campaign website.

  • Social Security

Excerpt: "Adopt the “Chilean Model” for Social Security, which creates individual social security accounts. We can end the days of politicians using our own hard-earned money to bribe and scare us."[6]

  • Medicare

Excerpt: "Create a more competitive environment for Medicare: In order for Medicare to be sustainable, we must have tort reform, the ability to buy health insurance across state lines, thus increasing competition. Medicare, along with other entitlement programs, must be means tested."[7]

  • Taxes

Excerpt: "I agree with many Americans that the tax code must be simplified. Switch to a Territorial Tax System- Punishing corporations who do business overseas hurts Americans who are looking for work."[8]

  • Healthcare

Excerpt: "I believe we should commit ourselves to a goal of detaching healthcare insurance from the workplace. Like many other forms of insurance it should be purchased separately. This will ensure that coverage is constant and that people aren’t staying in careers that they don’t want due solely to the health insurance benefits received."[9]

  • Energy

Excerpt: "Energy sector jobs are good paying jobs! We must truly adopt an all of the above strategy. The next Congress must move to ensure we are developing our own North American energy resources in a manner that is safe for our environment and our children. North America has an estimated 150 to 200 years of energy reserves."[10]

  • Israel

Excerpt: "America must stand firm and support its true ally in the Middle East."[11]

  • Pro – Life

Excerpt: "I believe no matter what the circumstance the unborn should not be punished."[12]

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are Fields's reports.[13]

Chris Fields (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[14]March 31, 2012$8,436.84$10,603.00$(14,082.30)$4,957.54
July Quarterly[15]June 30, 2012$4,957.54$40,240.26$(11,415.67)$33,782.13
October Quarterly[16]October 15, 2012$51,609.56$90,559.71$(65,676.57)$76,492.70
Running totals


Fields is married to his wife, Christa. They have one child.[17]

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