OUR ENDORSED CANDIDATES
BRAD FINSTAD CONGRESS- MN CD 1
Brad Finstad is a conservative fighter running for Congress to fire Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House and put the brakes on the out-of-control Biden/Pelosi agenda that is fueling inflation and hurting Southern Minnesota families.
Brad is proud to have served as President Donald J. Trump’s State Director for USDA Rural Development in Minnesota. Brad worked to support infrastructure improvements, business development, homeownership, community services such as schools, public safety and health care, and high-speed internet access in rural areas.
A fourth-generation resident of the New Ulm area, Brad and his wife Jaclyn met on the school bus in second grade. Today they are the proud parents of seven children. Together with their extended family, they operate a family farm that has been active for generations.
Brad is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a degree in Agriculture Education with emphasis in Rural Leadership Development. His prior positions include serving as Executive Director of the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association, Executive Director of the Center for Rural Policy & Development, Area Director with the Minnesota Farm Bureau, and three terms representing Brown, Watonwan, and Redwood counties in the Minnesota House of Representatives.
Brad is a strong supporter of the Second Amendment, defending the unborn, and keeping government out of the way so entrepreneurs, farmers, and small businesses can thrive.
MICHELLE FISCHBACH CONGRESS- MN CD7
Michelle Fischbach is the U.S. Congressional Representative for western Minnesota’s 7th District.
She is a trailblazer and proven conservative leader, already making her mark as a member of the House Committees on Agriculture, Judiciary, and Rules. She is also the Ranking Member of the Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Commodity Exchanges, Energy, and Credit.
Prior to her election to Congress, she served as the 49th Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota, being elevated to that position following the resignation of the previous Lieutenant Governor. She was the first woman in Minnesota history to serve as President of the Minnesota Senate. She was first elected to the Minnesota Senate in 1996 and served until 2018.
She holds a B.A. from St. Cloud State University and a J.D. from William Mitchell College of Law. She and her husband, Scott, live near Paynesville, MN and have two grown children and six grandchildren.
DR. SCOTT JENSEN & MATT BIRK- GOVERNOR
Born and raised in Sleepy Eye, Minnesota, Dr. Scott Jensen graduated valedictorian of his 1973 high school class. He attended the University of Minnesota obtaining an undergraduate degree in physiology, magna cum laude, and then attended Luther Theological Seminary.
He completed a family practice residency at Bethesda Hospital in Saint Paul. After Dr. Jensen completed his residency at Bethesda Hospital he opened his own medical practice, anchored in Watertown, with an office in his new hometown of Chaska.
In 2017, Dr. Jensen was elected to the Minnesota Senate. Here Scott challenged the status quo and developed the reputation of being a problem solver and one who spoke unabashedly for his constituents.
Scott has been married to his wife Mary for 43 years.
Matt Birk attended Cretin-Derham Hall High School in St. Paul and Harvard University, where he earned a degree in economics.
He played professional football in the NFL with the Minnesota Vikings and Baltimore Ravens.
He and his wife, Adrianna, have eight children. In 2019, they opened a faith-based school called Unity High School in Burnsville.
A native of small-town South Haven, Minnesota, Jim Schultz is a fifth-generation Minnesotan who graduated from Annandale High School. Jim went to the University of St. Thomas for college, spending his first two years there in seminary. He then graduated from Harvard Law School, where he earned the Dean’s Scholar prize in constitutional law. Jim then moved back to the Midwest with his wife, Molly, to begin his legal career and start a family. They live in the west metro and are the proud parents of three beautiful little girls.
Jim currently serves on the board of The Front Line Foundation, a nonprofit supporting police and other first responders. His work with The Front Line Foundation includes programs to provide financial assistance to the families of police officers who have fallen in the line of duty. Jim has previously served on the Hennepin County Capital Budget task force as the appointee of Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson. Jim and his family are members of Holy Family Catholic Church in St. Louis Park.
Ryan’s business acumen, legal expertise and life-long dedication to community service make him highly qualified to serve as Minnesota’s state auditor.
As a founder and former CEO of a global medical device research firm, Ryan understands the value of a dollar and the need to not waste or mismanage financial resources.
As an attorney Ryan understands how to ask the right questions and how to look in the right places to root out fraud and corruption.
As a community volunteer who’s served on several non-profit boards, Ryan understands the need for transparency in decision making because people feel included and more likely to agree with decisions when they see how they’re made.
As a father of five Ryan understands the importance of protecting Minnesota’s financial health for our future generations. Learn more about Ryan.
SECRETARY OF STATE
Kim Crockett was born and raised in Minnesota. Her family has deep roots in the Twin Cities and Greater Minnesota (Redwood Falls, Waconia, Duluth, and points North). She is a big fan of the Founding and American Revolution victory, so she ventured out to Penn Law in Philadelphia for her JD. Crockett wanted to study law where the U.S. Constitution was born but made her way home, called back to the serenity of Minnesota's lakes and stunning four seasons.
Crockett's work can be seen as an attorney, policy advocate and writer at Minnesota institutions like Center of the American Experiment and Intellectual Takeout.
In 2019, she shifted her focus to election policy, volunteering with the team at Minnesota Voters Alliance (MVA) to defend Minnesota’s great tradition of political party balance and other voter integrity measures.
MINNESOTA STATE SENATE
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 fourth term serving Minnesota Senate District 16.
Gary lives in Redwood Falls with his wife Barb of 48 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.
MINNESOTA STATE REPRESENTATIVE
Paul Torkelson is a seven term Minnesota State Representative serving Minnesota House District 16B.
Paul has been married to his wife Cindy for 42 years and they are the proud parents of two adult daughters, Annika and Britta and one grandchild.
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.