Randy Demmer

former Minnesota House Candidate (R)

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Why He Matters

When Demmer announced his 2010 House run, his second bid to unseat Rep. Tim Walz (D-Minn.), he did so in hopes of diminishing federal power. "The worst fears we could imagine about government intervention, about government growth not just in terms of spending and taxation but just even the intervention in our lives is too much for me to take," Demmer said.

A lifelong resident of southern Minnesota's 1st Congressional District, Demmer ran unsuccessfully for his party's nomination for the seat in 2008. He returned in 2010, pointing to Walz's votes approving cap-and-trade measures, the stimulus bill and health-care reform, all of which are "leading us down the path of a more socialistic society." #

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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.

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The Issues

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.

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The Network

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.


Additional Resources

  1. Carlson, Heather J., "Demmer's campaign is focused on shrinking government" The Rochester Post-Bulletin, Oct. 16, 2010
  2. Hammell, Thomas, "At Issue: Will Minnesota leave 'No Child' behind?" Session Weekly, Minnesota House of Representatives, April 18, 2008
  3. Jossi, Frank, "Profiling the Minnesota Legislature: State Rep. Randy Demmer" Finance & Commerce, Dec. 12, 2007
  4. Mulcahy, Mike, "Demmer to face Walz in November" Minnesota Public Radio, April 17, 2010
  5. Gibson, Jenna, "State legislators discuss budget, health care" Rochester Post-Bulletin, June 17, 2010
  6. Roper, Eric, "Walz, Demmer spar over Citizens United bill" The Star Tribune, June 23, 2010
  7. Kubat Willette, Janet, "Randy Demmer is candidate for 1st District" AgriNews, Oct. 14, 2010
  8. Xiong, Chao, "Mayo doctor Brian Davis gets GOP nod in First District" The Star Tribune, March 29, 2008
  9. Demmer, Randy, "Randy Demmer: Congress likes job security -- its own" The Star Tribune, Oct. 3, 2010
  10. "Representative Randy Demmer To Seek First District Congressional Seat" Randy Demmer for Congress
  11. Lohn, Martiga, "Walz, Demmer tangle in final debate in Minn.'s 1st" The Associated Press, Oct. 13, 2010
  12. Carlson, Heather J., "Demmer said "worst fears" pushed him to run for Congress" Rochester Post-Bulletin, Nov. 30, 2009
  13. "About Randy" Randy Demmer for Congress
  14. Wallbank, Derek, "Boehner: Demmer should get spot on Ag Committee if he beats Walz" MinnPost.com, Sept. 14, 2010
  15. Fischenich, Mark, "Demmer message: Invest in hope" Mankato Free Press, Oct. 8, 2010
  16. Washington Post Live 2010 Election Results
  17. Schmelzer, Paul, "Demmer challenges Walz and Dems' 'culture of dependency'" The Minnesota Independent, Dec. 1, 2009
  18. Hohmann, James, "Walz confident about survival" Politico, Oct. 14, 2010
  19. Schmelzer, Paul, "Demmer's $75k in farm subsidies not part of 'dependency' culture he opposes" The Minnesota Independent, Dec. 3, 2009
  20. "Press Release - Tim Pawlenty endorses Randy Demmer for Congress" April 19, 2010
  21. "Withdraw from No Child Left Behind" MPR: Votetracker, April 28, 2008
  22. "Rep. Randy Demmer's Record in Opposition to 'Cap and Trade'" March 24, 2010
  23. Olmsted County Candidate Forum, YouTube Jan. 21, 2010
  24. Fischenich, Mark, "Walz, Demmer: Big differences, small agreement" Mankato Free Press, July 17, 2010
  25. Busch, Fritz, "Candidates debate rural issues" New Ulm Journal, Aug. 4, 2010