Rick Nolan

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Rick Nolan
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U.S. House, Minnesota, District 8
In office
January 3, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 2
PredecessorChip Cravaack (R)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$1,252,092
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
U.S. House of Representatives, Minnesota
Minnesota House
High schoolBrainerd High School
Bachelor'sUniversity of Minnesota
J.D.Georgetown Law School
Date of birthDecember 17, 1943
Place of birthBrainerd, Minnesota
ProfessionBusiness Owner
Net worth$1,124,505
Office website
Campaign website
Rick Nolan is a Democratic member of the U.S. House, representing the 8th Congressional District of Minnesota. He was first elected in 2012. He defeated incumbent Chip Cravaack (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[1]
Rick Nolan for Congress Campaign Logo.

Nolan is one of nine individuals elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012 who have prior congressional experience. He served three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, from 1974-1980.[2]


Upon graduating from Brainerd High School in 1962, he attended St. John's University and then completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Minnesota in 1966. While pursuing postgraduate work in public administration in policy formation at the University of Maryland, he served as a staff assistant to Walter Mondale in the U.S. Senate. [3]


He then worked as an owner and operator of a sawmill and wood pallet factory in Emily, Minnesota. He represented Minnesota's 6th district in Congress from 1975 to 1981. [4]

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Nolan serves on the following committees:[5]


Campaign themes


The campaign issues below were featured on Nolan's website.[6]

  • Jobs! Jobs! Jobs!

Excerpt: "With 8th district unemployment at over 10% (not counting the thousands of discouraged Minnesotans who have quit looking for jobs) we need a congressman who knows how to meet a payroll and balance a budget."[7]

  • Rebuilding America and Jobs

Excerpt: "Rebuilding America’s infrastructure – roads, bridges, wastewater treatment, mass transit and high-speed light-rail, would improve our quality of life, create millions of good paying jobs, and strengthen our economy. We can pay for this by ending the Bush tax cuts and loopholes for the rich, and by pulling back our military footprint in countries like Japan that pose no threat to us whatsoever."[8]

  • Medicare

Excerpt: "Don’t turn Medicare into a voucher system for insurance companies, which will mean higher costs and less treatment."[9]

  • Social Security

Excerpt: "Social Security is a compact with the American people that must be honored. Don’t turn it over to Wall Street. Stabilize the Social Security Fund for generations to come by requiring the very rich to pay Social Security taxes on a higher percentage of their income."[10]

  • Education for America’s Future

Excerpt: "Fix a broken college loan system that saddles many graduates with crushing debt they will spend most of their working lives attempting to repay. Higher education must be a right for all – not simply a privilege for the well off."[11]

  • Support the ERA for Women

Excerpt: "America has come a long way in advancing civil rights for all citizens. Yet women still face significant gender discrimination in a host of areas including education, employment, health care, pensions and social security benefits."[12]

  • Wars in the Middle East

Excerpt: "America is deeply involved in expensive wars with no apparent plan for winning them or concluding them. We need to devote those resources to jobs and the economy here at home. So bring the troops home now."[13]



See also: Minnesota's 8th congressional district elections, 2012

Nolan ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Minnesota's 8th District. He defeated Jeff Anderson and Tarryl Clark in the August 14 Democratic primary.[14] He defeated Chip Cravaack (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[15][16]

>Rick Nolan, "Desperate"[17]
U.S. House, Minnesota District 8 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRick Nolan 54.3% 191,976
     Republican Chip Cravaack Incumbent 45.4% 160,520
     NA Write-in 0.3% 1,167
Total Votes 353,663
Source: Minnesota Secretary of State, "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election" (dead link)
Minnesota's 8th Congressional District Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRick Nolan 38.3% 20,839
Tarryl Clark 32.3% 17,540
Jeff Anderson 29.4% 15,978
Total Votes 54,357


The organizations and individuals below have endorsed Nolan for the 2012 election.[18]

  • Walter Mondale
  • Governor Mark Dayton
  • Congressman Jim Oberstar
  • Democratic Party’s 8th District, Minnesota
  • Minnesota Democratic Farmer Labor Party

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Nolan is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Nolan raised a total of $1,252,092 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 16, 2013.[19]

Rick Nolan's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (Minnesota, District 8) Won $1,252,092
Grand Total Raised $1,252,092


Nolan won election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Nolan's campaign committee raised a total of $1,252,092 and spent $1,194,314.[20]


Voting with party


Rick Nolan voted with the Democratic Party 91.3% of the time, which ranked 162nd among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[21]

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Nolan missed 703 of 4,156 roll call votes from Jan 1975 to Apr 2013, which is 16.9% of votes during that period. This is worse than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. [22]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Nolan's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $717,010 and $1,532,000. That averages to $1,124,505, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Representatives in 2011 of $5,107,874.[23]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Chip Cravaack
U.S. House of Representatives - Minnesota District 8
Succeeded by