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Press Release: Iron Workers Local 512 Endorses Pete Stauber

“We know Pete has the backs of our workers,
and we are proud to stand with him this year.”

HERMANTOWN – Recognizing his strong legislative record supporting Minnesota workers, job creation, and our way of life, the Iron Workers Local 512 union endorsed Pete Stauber’s campaign for Congress today during a ceremony at the Iron Workers Union Hall.

“The history of the Iron Workers Local 512 is noble and proud and I am honored to receive their endorsement,” said Stauber, who, as an Area Commander with the Duluth Police Department, served as President of Law Enforcement Labor Services Union, Local 363. “The Local 512 has nearly 1,500 journeyman and 158 apprentices, and I am committed to protecting each and every one of them and their families while I continually fight for our way of life.”

In his first term to Congress, Stauber has been fighting for Minnesota workers and earned strong labor support with 2020 endorsements from the Local 49ers, the Teamsters, and the Carpenters. 

“In Congress, Pete has proven his commitment to our union and to our jobs and has stood with us to protect registered apprenticeship programs, support prevailing wages on federal infrastructure projects, and consistently vote against Right-to-Work,” said Barry Davies, Ironworkers Local Union #512 Business Manager. “In the 8th District, our members rely on mining and other heavy industrial projects for work, and Pete has been a champion for our way of life in northeastern Minnesota. We know he has the backs of our workers and we are proud to stand with him this year.”

In Congress, Stauber’s strong record for Minnesota workers includes: 

  • Preserving the pensions for 1.3 million Americans by advocating and voting for the Butch-Lewis Act
  • Fighting tirelessly for high-wage, union mining jobs by opposing Betty McCollum’s economically reckless anti-mining bill
  • Advocating for the Line 3 replacement project that would put thousands of Minnesotans to work and generate an economic boom to the region
  • Championing Buy America policies to ensure that projects around the country use American made steel and iron and minerals sourced in northern Minnesota
  • Leading in Congress with the Superior National Forest Land Exchange Act, Pete’s very first bill in Congress, which promotes the PolyMet project that would lead to thousands of union jobs and a blue-collar boom

Stauber is in his first term in Congress. He is attempting to become the first Republican to win re-election in Minnesota’s 8th Congressional District since William Pittenger did in the 1940s.

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Pete Stauber is in his first term representing the 8th Congressional District in Congress. He served 23 years in law enforcement and retired as an Area Commander in the Duluth Police Department. A small business owner and former professional hockey player in the Detroit Red Wings organization, Pete and his wife, Jodi, live with their four children in Hermantown. Jodi is an Iraq war veteran, who retired from the 148th Fighter Wing as the first female Command Chief in the history of the unit.

Earlier this month, the Cook Political Report promoted Stauber’s campaign from “Lean Republican” to “SOLID REPUBLICAN.” Recognizing Stauber’s record of fighting for the Minnesotans he represents and his popularity throughout the district, the Cook Political Report noted, “Once a DFL bastion, the Iron Range has turned sharply against national Democrats. Trump romped here, 54 percent to 38 percent in 2016, and is likely to win comfortably again. The Cook Report, considered the foremost expert on congressional elections, continued: “Quinn Nystrom, who was elected to the Baxter City Council at 28, faces long odds against Stauber, a former police officer and minor league hockey player.”