About Pete

Pete Stauber grew up in Duluth, where he graduated from Denfeld High School.

Pete and his wife, Jodi, reside in Hermantown, MN where they are active members of St. Lawrence Catholic Church. They have four children, Levi, Luke, Isaac, and Addilynn.

After receiving a scholarship to play hockey at Lake Superior State University, Pete became the team captain and led the Lakers to a Division I National Championship in 1988.

One major highlight of the victory was when Stauber and his teammates had the opportunity to visit the White House and meet Ronald Reagan in his final year as president.

Hockey was a major part of Pete’s life and of the Stauber family’s traditions — his five brothers were his first hockey team. Pete continues to pass the tradition along to his sons, but the Staubers are impacting the game around the world. At the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea, Robb Stauber, Pete’s brother, was Head Coach to the gold-medal winning USA Women’s hockey team.

Pete went on to play hockey with the Detroit Red Wings Organization, and after retiring from professional hockey, he returned to Minnesota.

Having earned a BS in Criminal Justice as a student-athlete, Pete began his career in law enforcement.

His experience solidified his view that we need both safer communities and protection for responsible, law-abiding gun owners. During the years of his service as a police officer, Pete was the victim of two violent gun crimes, on and off duty. In 1995, he was shot in the head while off-duty by a criminal with multiple past offenses. Then, a few years later, a suspect pulled the trigger at point-blank range and, by the grace of God, the gun malfunctioned.

Pete has a long history of getting things done for northeastern Minnesota. He served both as the President of the Law Enforcement Labor Services Union, Local 363 and as an Area Commander with the Duluth Police Department. After 22 years of service with the department, Pete retired in August 2017.

Inspired by the community he served for more than two decades, Pete Stauber began his political career as a City Councilor in Hermantown. Then, in 2012, he defeated a 16-year incumbent to become a St. Louis County Commissioner. Pete is currently serving his second term on the St. Louis County Board.

Pete is also steadfastly pro-life, and he served as a board member of United Day Activities Center (UDAC), serving those in the Duluth area community who have special needs.

Jodi Stauber is an Iraq War Veteran. She was the 148th Fighter Wing’s first female Command Chief and retired in 2010 after over 20 years of service. Jodi was also previously involved with the Minnesota Air National Guard Yellow Ribbon Program, helping military members reintegrate into civilian life.