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Why

I'm running for Congress to reclaim values of hardworking Minnesotans for the first district.  Through policy initiatives that that ensure economic, environmental and cultural prosperity for all we will restore sanity to Washington and protect our Midwestern way of life.

Rich's Story

I was born and raised in Rochester, Minnesota by my mother and father. My mother worked as a nurse, my dad at an insurance agency to support myself, two sisters and my brother. My sisters are Korean born and adopted by my parents during a time when multi-racial families hardly existed.  I traveled all across southern Minnesota as a child. My grandparents lived in Jackson and Mable-Spring Grove. Extended family lived in Windom, Mankato, Jackson, Spring Grove, and Lewiston. I recall the many road trips back and forth on I-90 to visit our relatives. 

 I completed my Undergraduate degree at St. Olaf, where I met my wife, after which I went to law school at Marquette . While there, I worked with seniors, children, families, and farmers to ensure they had access to high quality affordable health care. I clerked for The Honorable Gerald C. Nichol in Dane District Court. Working with those individuals forced the realization that healthcare should not be an option for the few, everyone should have access to quality health care, period. After law school, my wife and I started our family. We have three strong, intelligent daughters, two of whom are in college. We are blessed to be able to provide higher education for our children, though for many American families, the soaring cost of tuition and burden of significant student debt affects too many students and would be students. We must stop creating barriers to education. 

 I joined the United States Military Army Reserves in 2003. I worked as an attorney for the United States Army as a Judge Advocate General . My experience includes corporate law, City Prosecutor, defense attorney and nonprofit attorney representing women, children and minorities too marginalized to afford legal representation. Having worked in so many facets of the legal system, I am intimately acquainted with the areas where our laws fail to preserve and protect that which we hold dear. The fabric of our safety and security as Minnesotans requires protection and preservation.  

 

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