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Press Release: Minnesota Pipe Trades Proudly Endorse Pete Stauber

HERMANTOWN – Recognizing his strong legislative record supporting Minnesota workers, job creation, and advocating for our way of life to get our economy moving again, the Minnesota Pipe Trades Association and the United Association, Local 11, endorsed Pete Stauber’s campaign for Congress today during a ceremony at BendTec in Duluth.

“The Minnesota Pipe Trades Association and the United Association, Local 11, have a deep and rich history in northern Minnesota, and I am honored and humbled 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. “At the core of unleashing our economic engine are projects important to the Pipe Trades, including the Line 3 replacement project and legacy energy industries like coal and natural gas, and I will continue fighting for them and our way of life.”

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

“The Pipe Trades have a friend and ally in Pete Stauber, and he has made our priorities his priorities in Congress,” said David Ybarra, President of the Minnesota Pipe Trades Association. “Our members in the 8th Congressional District recognize that Pete has our backs when it comes to fighting for our way of life, and we are proud to stand with him and help get him get re-elected to Congress.”

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, in his first term in Congress, 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 and foster baby 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.

In August, 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.”