At a Glance
- Career History: Representative, Minnesota State House (2002-present); Owner, multiple NAPA Auto Parts (1986-2007), Owner, Computer Edge (1983-2007); farmer
- Birthday: Jan. 3, 1957
- Hometown: Hayfield, Minn.
- Alma Mater: University of Minnesota, B.A. (1980)
Path To Power
A lifelong resident of Hayfield, Minn., Demmer was born in 1957.
A 1980 graduate of the University of Minnesota, Demmer remained in his rural hometown where he raised corn and soybeans on what grew to be an 1,800-acre farm. During the decade, he started two businesses: a NAPA Auto Parts store and a hardware consultancy firm. He kept the farm for 18 years and sold the other businesses in 2007.
During the 2010 House campaign, Demmer attacked Rep. Tim Walz (R-Minn.) for supporting a "culture of dependency, entitlement" and the "idea that government is supposed to provide for everybody." Demmer said government's role primarily includes national security, infrastructure building and "creating a lattice for people to succeed" individually, with job growth being a focus of the private sector.
An opponent of cap-and-trade measures, Demmer calls such measures government expansion and a tax increase. "Man-made climate change simply doesn't make sense, and we shouldn't be spending our tax and energy dollars on yet another government program or placing additional competitive burdens on our businesses and industries to deal with it," Demmer said in a statement.
Demmer received the endorsement of Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R-Minn.), who also contributed to Demmer's campaign.
Rep. John Kline (R-Minn.), who represents the neighboring 2nd Congressional District, has been a prominent supporter of Demmer on the campaign trail.