Jim Hagedorn currently represents Minnesota’s First Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. He serves on the House Agriculture Committee and the Small Business Committee.

Born in Blue Earth to parents Thomas, a grain and livestock farmer, and Kathleen, Jim grew up on a Truman farm where he developed a firsthand understanding of farming and by helping to work the land, walk the bean fields, feed the hogs and maintain the property.

Jim learned about national politics firsthand from his father Thomas who served in Congress from 1975-1983, and interacted with famous leaders including Jack Kemp, Henry Hyde and Ronald Reagan whom he first met in 1979 and then again in 1981 when President Reagan invited Jim and his father to the Oval Office to discuss a letter-to-the editor that Jim had written in defense of Reagan’s economic policies.

After Jim graduated from George Mason University, he went on to work for former Minnesota Congressman Arlan Stangeland, the U.S. Department of the Treasury, and the Bureau of Engraving and Printing.

Paul Torkelson is a six term Minnesota State Representative serving Minnesota House District 16B. 

Paul has been married to his wife Cindy for 39 years and they are the proud parents of two adult daughters, Annika and Britta.

Paul is actively engaged in the operation of his family farm first established by his great-grandfather in 1878. He raises corn, soybeans and hogs.

Cindy is a retired grade school teacher.  She and Paul live on Lake Hanska in Brown County.

Paul is a life-long resident of Minnesota, graduate of St. James High School and Gustavus Adolphus College. He and Cindy attend East Sveadahl Lutheran Church in rural Watonwan County where Paul was baptized and confirmed. 

Gary was born and raised in Clements, Minnesota and graduated from Redwood Falls High School. He attended the University of Minnesota where he earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural business administration. Senator Dahms is also a graduate of the Blandin Community Leadership Program.

Gary owned and operated Dahms Insurance Agency for 25 years. He turned his appreciation for my community into a lifelong dedication of service and volunteerism. As President of the Redwood Area Education Foundation, Dahms was responsible for a fundraising campaign to re-establish agricultural education in the Redwood Area Schools and continue to support the program through his leadership in the Future Farmers of America (FFA) Alumni Association.

In St. Paul, Senator Dahms is the Chairman of the Commerce Committee. This is his third term serving Minnesota Senate District 16.

Gary lives in Redwood Falls with his wife Barb of 41 years. They have two grown children, Michelle and Michael; and two grandchildren. Both are also active members of the First United Methodist Church in Redwood Falls.

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