Jim Hagedorn

Jim Hagedorn
Jim Hagedorn, official portrait, 116th Congress.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Minnesota's 1st district
Assumed office
January 3, 2019
Preceded byTim Walz
Personal details
Born
James Lee Hagedorn

(1962-08-04) August 4, 1962 (age 57)
Blue Earth, Minnesota, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Jennifer Carnahan
RelativesTom Hagedorn (father)
EducationGeorge Mason University (BA)
WebsiteHouse website

James Lee Hagedorn (born August 4, 1962) is an American politician from the state of Minnesota. A Republican, he is a member of the United States House of Representatives from Minnesota's 1st congressional district.[1] The district covers much of the southern third of the state and includes Rochester, Austin and Mankato.

Early life and education[edit]

Hagedorn was born in Blue Earth, Minnesota in 1962,[2] the son of former United States Representative Tom Hagedorn and Kathleen (née Mittlestadt).[3] He was raised between family farm near Truman, Minnesota and Washington D.C., while his father served in Congress from 1975 to 1983.[4][5] Hagedorn attended George Mason University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1993.[citation needed]

Government career[edit]

Following college, Hagedorn served as a legislative assistant to Minnesota Congressman Arlan Stangeland.[citation needed]

Hagedorn worked in the United States Department of the Treasury as Director for Legislative and Public Affairs for the Financial Management Service from 1991 to 1998, and later as Congressional Affairs Officer for the Bureau of Engraving and Printing.[6][7]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

2018 general election[edit]

He previously ran for the 1st congressional district seat in the 2014 and 2016 elections, losing to incumbent Tim Walz on both occasions. In the 2018 elections, with Walz giving up the seat to make a successful run for Governor of Minnesota, Hagedorn defeated Daniel Feehan.[1]

Tenure[edit]

Committee assignments[edit]

Caucus memberships[edit]

Electoral History[edit]

Republican primary results[8]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jim Hagedorn 12,748 54.0
Republican Aaron Miller 10,870 46.0
Total votes 23,618 100.0
Minnesota's 1st congressional district, 2014[9]
Party Candidate Votes %
DFL Tim Walz (incumbent) 122,851 54.2
Republican Jim Hagedorn 103,536 45.7
n/a Write-ins 308 0.1
Total votes 226,695 100.0
DFL hold
Republican primary results[10]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jim Hagedorn 10,851 76.5
Republican Steve Williams 3,330 23.5
Total votes 14,181 100.0
Minnesota's 1st congressional district, 2016 [11]
Party Candidate Votes %
DFL Tim Walz (incumbent) 169,074 50.3
Republican Jim Hagedorn 166,526 49.6
n/a Write-ins 277 01
Total votes 335,877 100.0
DFL hold
Republican primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jim Hagedorn 25,418 60.1
Republican Carla Nelson 13,589 32.2
Republican Steve Williams 2,145 5.1
Republican Andrew Candler 1,106 2.6
Total votes 42,258 100.0
Minnesota's 1st congressional district, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jim Hagedorn 146,199 50.1
DFL Dan Feehan 144,884 49.7
n/a Write-ins 575 0.2
Total votes 291,658 100.0
Republican gain from DFL

Controversies[edit]

Between 2002 and 2012, Hagedorn published a blog titled "Mr. Conservative" where he had a history of controversial articles and statements, including birtherism, sexist insults, derogatory reference to a wheelchair-bound veteran, and joking about the death of a political opponent. He issued a "sincere and heartfelt apology" during his 2014 campaign; however during the 2018 campaign, representatives of the National Republican Congressional Committee claimed no knowledge of this history, and later characterized the material as "inappropriate".[12][13][14]

While never expressing any explicit animosity to Jews, Hagedorn has however been criticized for using antisemitic tropes.[15] In 2018, the National Republican Congressional Committee ran an advertisement accusing Hagedorn's opponent, Dan Feehan, as well as Colin Kaepernick and “left-wing mobs paid to riot in the streets”, of being "owned" by Jewish philanthropist George Soros.[16] In 2008, Hagedorn wrote (approvingly) in his blog that former Democratic Senator Joe Lieberman supported the Iraq War because he is Jewish.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "GOP's Jim Hagedorn wins Minnesota's First District seat on fourth try". StarTribune.com. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  2. ^ https://www.insideelections.com/news/article/candidate-conversation-jim-hagedorn-r
  3. ^ "The Case against the reckless Congress - Marjorie Holt - Google Books". Books.google.ca. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  4. ^ "Jim Hagedorn | Greater Mankato Growth". Greatermankato.com. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  5. ^ Mewes, Trey (August 10, 2018). "GOP voters to decide between Hagedorn and Nelson | Elections". mankatofreepress.com. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  6. ^ https://www.jimhagedorn.org/about
  7. ^ Karnowski, Steve (October 12, 2018). "MN 1st District candidates Jim Hagedorn, Dan Feehan debate". Twincities.com. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  8. ^ Cite error: The named reference primary was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  9. ^ "Results for All Congressional Districts, 2014". Minnesota Secretary of State. Retrieved January 8, 2015.
  10. ^ "August 9, 2016 Primary Election Unofficial Results". Minnesota Secretary of State. August 9, 2016. Retrieved November 20, 2016.
  11. ^ "November 8, 2016 General Election Unofficial Results". Minnesota Secretary of State. November 8, 2016. Retrieved November 20, 2016.
  12. ^ a b Pink, Aiden. "Republican Candidate: Joe Lieberman Only Supported Iraq War Because He's Jewish". Forward. Retrieved August 23, 2019.
  13. ^ Markay, Lachlan. "GOP Chief Shocked to Discover His Candidate Jim Hagedorn's Crazy Remarks". The Daily Beast. Retrieved August 23, 2019.
  14. ^ "Hagedorn Wins GOP Nomination for Toss-Up Minnesota Race". Roll Call. Retrieved August 23, 2019.
  15. ^ Schraub, David (August 14, 2019). "Pro-Israel positions don't excuse anti-Semitism in America". Jewish Telegraphic Agency. Retrieved August 23, 2019.
  16. ^ Derysh, Igor (October 20, 2018). "GOP accused of anti-Semitism after attack ad claims Democrat is "owned" by George Soros". Salon. Retrieved August 23, 2019.

External links[edit]

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Tim Walz
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Minnesota's 1st congressional district

2019–present
Incumbent
U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Deb Haaland
United States Representatives by seniority
376th
Succeeded by
Josh Harder