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 campaign logo
Rick Nolan (b.December 17, 1943, in Brainerd, Minnesota) 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]

He ran for re-election in 2014.

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 to 1980.[2]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Nolan is a more moderate left of center Democratic Party vote. As a result, he may break with the Democratic Party line more than his fellow members.


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]


Below is an abbreviated outline of Bonner's academic, professional and political career:[4]

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Nolan serves on the following committees:[5]



Legislative actions

113th Congress

The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 224 out of the 3215 introduced bills (7 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session.[6] For more information pertaining to Nolan's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[7]

National security

American response in Syria
See also: United States involvement in Syria

More than 100 House lawmakers signed a letter urging President Barack Obama to call Congress back into session if he planned to use military force in Syria.[8]

Rep. Scott Rigell wrote in the letter in August 2013, “engaging our military in Syria when no direct threat to the United States exists and without prior congressional authorization would violate the separation of powers that is clearly delineated in the Constitution.”[8][9]

The members of Congress believed that Obama should have asked Congress for permission before engaging in Libya. The letter asked, “If the use of 221 Tomahawk cruise missles, [sic] 704 Joint Direct Attack Munitions, and 42 Predator Hellfire missiles expended in Libya does not constitute ‘hostilities,’ what does?”[9]

The letter stated, “If you deem that military action in Syria is necessary, Congress can reconvene at your request. We stand ready to come back into session, consider the facts before us, and share the burden of decisions made regarding U.S. involvement in the quickly escalating Syrian conflict."[9]

A total of 98 Republicans signed the letter. Nolan was one of 18 Democratic members to sign the letter.[9]

On August 29, 2013, more than 50 House Democrats signed a letter written by California Rep. Barbara Lee that called for a congressional resolution on strikes, and cautioned that the dire situation in Syria "should not draw us into an unwise war—especially without adhering to our constitutional requirements."[9][10] The letter also called on the Obama administration to work with the U.N. Security Council “to build international consensus” condemning the alleged use of chemical weapons. Nolan was one of the 50 Democrats in the House to sign the letter.[9][10]

National Defense Authorization Act

Voted "No" Nolan voted in opposition of HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[11]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "No" Nolan voted in opposition of HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[11]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "No" Nolan voted against of House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.[11]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "No" Nolan voted in opposition of HR 624 - the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[12] The bill was largely supported by Republicans but divided the Democratic Party.[11]


2013 Farm Bill

Voted "No" Nolan opposed the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013. In a speech on the House floor on July 11, 2013, Nolan explained his vote. He said, "I am privileged to sit on the Agriculture Committee. During the markup of the farm bill earlier this year, my colleagues and I discussed and debated and deliberated for ten hours on every provision of this bill.

That bill included critical reform of the dairy program, reauthorization of the Rural Broadband program, as well as important provisions for organic producers, beginning farmers and ranchers, conservationists, and the forestry industry.

We reached a bipartisan consensus and 36 of us--myself included--cast a vote in support of the legislation.

Then, on the floor, the legislation was systematically dismantled, piece by piece, until it was barely recognizable as the same farm bill that came out of committee. It was no surprise that this bill failed."[13]

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "No" On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[14] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[15] Nolan voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[16]

Voted "Yes" The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funds the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[17] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Nolan voted for HR 2775.[18]


Immigration Executive Order
Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "No" Nolan voted against House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States.[19] The vote largely followed party lines.[20]



Voted "No" Nolan opposed repealing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Health Care-Related Provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010.[21]

Social issues

SNAP challenge
See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

In June 2013, more than two dozen House Democrats, including Nolan, took part in a SNAP challenge, feeding themselves for a week on the average benefit level of a SNAP recipient.[22] Participants agreed to eat all meals from a limited food budget comparable to that of a SNAP participant, approximately $1.50 per meal, or $4.50 a day.[23]


Voted "No" Nolan opposed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which prohibits abortions after 20 weeks.[21]

Campaign themes


The campaign issues below were featured on Nolan's website.[24]

  • 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."[25]

  • 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."[26]

  • Medicare

Excerpt: "Don’t turn Medicare into a voucher system for insurance companies, which will mean higher costs and less treatment."[27]

  • 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."[28]

  • 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."[29]

  • 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."[30]

  • 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."[31]



See also: Minnesota's 8th congressional district elections, 2014

Nolan ran for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He is seeking the Democratic nomination in the primary election. The general election took place November 4, 2014.


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.[32] He defeated Chip Cravaack (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[33][34]

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 following organizations and individuals below endorsed Nolan for the 2012 election:[35]

  • 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 $1,256,440 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 17, 2013.[36]

Rick Nolan's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (Minnesota, District 8) Won $1,256,440
Grand Total Raised $1,256,440


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Nolan's reports.[37]


Breakdown of the source of Nolan's campaign funds before the 2012 election.
Nolan won election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Nolan's campaign committee raised a total of $1,256,440 and spent $1,230,232.[47]

Cost per vote

Nolan spent $6.41 per vote received in 2012.


Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[48]

Nolan most often votes with:

Nolan least often votes with:

Voting with party


Nolan voted with the Democratic Party 91.3% of the time, which ranked 162nd among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[49]

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 January 1975 to April 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. [50]

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, 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.[51]


Nolan is married to Mary. They have children and grandchildren. He hunts, harvests wild rice, boils maple syrup and enjoys fishing.[52]

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  1. ABC News, "General Election Results 2012-Minnesota," November 7, 2012
  2. The New York Times, "Election brings seasoned politicians to congress," December 8, 2012
  3. Wikipedia "Rick Nolan" June 8, 2012
  4. Wikipedia "Rick Nolan" June 8, 2012
  5. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  8. 8.0 8.1 Yahoo, "65 Lawmakers Ask Obama to Consult on Syria," accessed August 28, 2013
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 Politico, "33 lawmakers: Congress must approve Syria action," accessed August 28, 2013
  10. 10.0 10.1 Washington Post, "More than 50 House Democrats also want Syria strike resolution," accessed September 2, 2013
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 Project Vote Smart, "Representative Rick Nolan's Voting Records on National Security," accessed September 26, 2013
  12. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  13. Vote Smart, "Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013 Floor Speech", accessed September 12, 2013
  14. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  15. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  16. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  17. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  18. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  19. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed August 28, 2013
  20. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Rick Nolan's Voting Records on Immigration," accessed September 26, 2013
  21. 21.0 21.1 Vote Smart, "Nolan on the issues", accessed September 12, 2013
  22. U.S. House.gov, "Full Member List of Congressional Snap Challenge," accessed September 25, 2013 (dead link)
  23. Feeding America, "Taking the SNAP Challenge," accessed September 25, 2013
  24. Nolan "Issues," Accessed: October 10, 2012
  25. Nolan "Issues," Accessed: October 10, 2012
  26. Nolan "Issues," Accessed: October 10, 2012
  27. Nolan "Issues," Accessed: October 10, 2012
  28. Nolan "Issues," Accessed: October 10, 2012
  29. Nolan "Issues," Accessed: October 10, 2012
  30. Nolan "Issues," Accessed: October 10, 2012
  31. Nolan "Issues," Accessed: October 10, 2012
  32. CBS "Primary Results 2012" Accessed May 30, 2013
  33. ABC News, "General Election Results 2012-Minnesota," November 7, 2012
  34. Associated Press primary results
  35. Rick Nolan "News," Accessed: October 10, 2012
  36. Open Secrets "Rick Nolan" Accessed May 16, 2013
  37. Federal Election Commission, "Nolan 2014 Summary reports," accessed July 18, 2013
  38. FEC, "April Quarterly," accessed November 20, 2014
  39. FEC, "July Quarterly," accessed November 20, 2014
  40. FEC, "October Quarterly," accessed November 20, 2014
  41. FEC, "Year-End Quarterly," accessed November 19, 2014
  42. FEC, "April Quarterly," accessed May 16, 2014
  43. FEC, "July Quarterly," accessed November 19, 2014
  44. FEC, "Pre-Primary," accessed November 19, 2014
  45. FEC, "October Quarterly," accessed November 19, 2014
  46. FEC, "Pre-General," accessed November 19, 2014
  47. Open Secrets " 2012 Re-Election Cycle," Accessed February 15, 2013
  48. OpenCongress, "Rick Nolan," Accessed August 5, 2013
  49. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  50. GovTrack, "Rick Nolan" Accessed April 2013
  51. OpenSecrets.org, "Rick Nolan, (D-Minn), 2011"
  52. Nolan for Congress, "Who's Rick Nolan", accessed September 26, 2013
Political offices
Preceded by
Chip Cravaack
U.S. House of Representatives - Minnesota District 8
Succeeded by