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State Legislators: “Together with Pete, we are fighting for our way of life”

23 Lawmakers from 8th District Stand with Stauber for Congress


HERMANTOWN – In a strong showing of support and solidarity, 23 members of the Minnesota State Legislature representing districts in the 8th Congressional District today announced their endorsement of Pete Stauber for Congress. Nine members of the Senate and 14 members of the House of Representatives illustrated today why Pete deserves another two-year term in U.S. Congress.

“For too long, Minneapolis liberals have been leaving greater Minnesota behind with issues not representative of our values like defunding our police and spending hundreds of millions on waste, fraud, and abuse,” said 8th District Republican state legislators. “While we are fighting for Minnesotans in St. Paul, we appreciate knowing Pete Stauber has our backs in Congress and he stands with us supporting economic drivers like mining, manufacturing, and the Line 3 replacement. Together, we’re fighting for our way of life.”

The legislators made their endorsement just hours after Stauber announced his five-day, 18-county barnstorming tour that launches Thursday morning with an 8:30 am rally outside the Hermantown campaign office. Legislators endorsing Stauber include Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, and senators Michelle Benson, Justin Eichorn, Karin Housley, Mark Koran, Andrew Matthews, Jason Rarick, Carrie Ruud, and Paul Utke; and Republican Leader Kurt Daudt, and Reps. Bob Dettmer, Sondra Erickson, Steve Green, Matt Grossell, Josh Heintzeman, Brian Johnson, Ron Kresha, Sandy Layman, Dale Lueck, Shane Mekeland, Nathan Nelson, Anne Neu, and John Poston.

“Led by Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka and House Republican Leader Kurt Daudt, the 8th Congressional District is blessed to be represented in the state Senate and House by a group of legislators who are fighting for our way of life,” Stauber said. “I am honored to receive their support and consider all of them friends and allies in our fight for freedom and liberty.”

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





Stauber News


Stauber Launches 5-Day “PowerPlay” Barnstorming Tour: Pete Stauber announced he is rolling out a massive, five-day barnstorming tour across Minnesota’s 8th Congressional District, where he will stop in all 18 counties, meeting with voters leading up to Election Day. Stauber, a 23-year police officer and former professional hockey player, will launch the “5-Day Power Play” with a send-off rally at 8:30 a.m., Thursday in the campaign office parking lot in Hermantown. More here.

Minnesota Police Endorse Pete Stauber: Highlighting his life experiences as a police officer and his steadfast support at home and in Congress for our law enforcement, Pete Stauber was endorsed by the Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association. “Pete Stauber is a champion for public safety in his district and all of Minnesota,” said Brian Peters, President of MPPOA. “As a former 22-year law enforcement officer with the city of Duluth, Pete worked tirelessly to keep our communities safe and he’s continued that work in Washington. More here.

More than 50 Mayors Endorse Pete Stauber: More than 50 mayors from across Minnesota’s 8th Congressional District announced their support for Pete Stauber by endorsing his 2020 campaign for Congress. The mayors collectively highlighted Stauber’s efforts to fight for our way of life and announced their strong backing for Stauber’s re-election. “Pete Stauber has fought for us every day during his first term in office,” said Wyoming Mayor Lisa Iverson. “I am proud to support his re-election as we seek to reopen the economy and get Minnesotans back to work.” More here.

Duluth News Tribune – Stauber The “Clear Pick in Nov. 3 Election”: Lauding Pete Stauber’s bipartisan efforts to fight for our way of life, the Duluth News Tribune became the latest newspaper to endorse Pete Stauber for Congress. “[Stauber] has quickly emerged as an outspoken and accomplished fighter for the Iron Range, Duluth, Brainerd, and the rest of the 8th,” said the Duluth News Tribune editorial. “His willingness to work with Democrats – and anyone, really, who shares his passion for a better America for all – makes the Republican from Hermantown the clear pick in the Nov. 3 election.” More here.

Minnesota Farm Bureau endorses Pete Stauber: Recognizing Pete Stauber’s strong support for farmers, ranchers, and ag producers in the 8th Congressional District, the Minnesota Farm Bureau PAC endorsed Pete Stauber for Congress today at a farm breakfast at the Rocking K Ranch hosted by Miles and Sarah Kuschel. “Congressman Stauber understands the important role agriculture plays for Minnesota’s economy and has been a strong voice for Minnesota’s farm families,” said Ray Johnson, Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation PAC Chair. More here.

Nystrom Once Again Has No Answers for Job Growth: For the third consecutive debate, Quinn Nystrom once again failed to support any of the economic engines in the 8th Congressional District and promoted her extreme anti-jobs, anti-mining agenda that would keep our mines and manufacturing plants closed and hurt our Main Street small businesses. More here.

Star Tribune Endorses Pete Stauber: Minnesota’s statewide newspaper endorsed Pete Stauber citing his “first-term successes” and lauding his “willingness to work across the aisle to solve problems.” Stauber was the Star Tribune’s first Republican congressional candidate endorsed in 2020. “Stauber impressed the board as a quick study who wouldn’t hesitate to work with Democrats on common-ground issues faced by residents of Minnesota’s sprawling Eighth Congressional District. He’s earned another opportunity to represent the district using a playbook that’s neither all red nor all blue.” Read here.

Stauber’s Latest TV Ad – Fighting for Us: Highlighting his independent voice and illustrating his record of fighting for all Minnesotans to get our economy moving again, Pete Stauber released his latest TV ad that will be seen across the 8th District. Erik Skoog, Recording Secretary of the Teamsters Local 320, is featured in the new ad. Stauber has been endorsed by the Teamsters as well as numerous unions. “I support Pete Stauber because Pete Stauber has working men and women’s backs,” Skoog says. “Pete Stauber is there for us when the rubber meets the road.” Watch here.

Quinn Nystrom Speechless on Job Creation: During a debate on October 7th in Duluth, Quinn Nystrom was left speechless when asked about job creation. When asked about promoting mining and job growth in northern Minnesota, Nystrom was asked if she had a response: “Umm, nothing more,” Nystrom said. More here.

Quinn Nystrom’s Solution for Job Growth? “Wear masks”: In a head-scratching moment of the first debate in the 8th Congressional District on September 25th in Hibbing, Quinn Nystrom’s answer for job creation and economic development in St. Louis County was to wear masks. “Unless we take [wearing masks] seriously… we can’t get our economy up and running,” Nystrom said. “Ms. Nystrom is bankrupt for ideas when it comes to job creation,” said John Eloranta, campaign manager for Stauber for Congress. More here.

Quinn Nystrom Caught Insulting Hearing Impaired: Stauber, who suffered hearing loss after 23 years of serving as a police officer, wears a hearing aid. Nystrom took to Twitter on September 25th making fun of Stauber’s hearing impairment. More here.

Quinn Nystrom Refuses to Back Our Police: Quinn Nystrom, and the DFL party, have sat silently while members of their own threaten to defund our police departments and burn down our communities. In fact, one of their own endorsed candidates recently stormed a cul-de-sac in Hugo and threatened to burn down the Twin Cities suburb while screaming obscenities at women and children living there, and using a baseball bat to beat an effigy of a female TV reporter who is married to a police officer. The DFL endorsed candidate also promised that he was coming for Duluth, Hibbing, and Virginia next.

8th District Race Rated “SOLID REPUBLICAN”: The Cook Political Report recently promoted Stauber’s race 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.”

Biography: Pete Stauber is in his first term representing the 8th Congressional District in U.S. Congress. Pete 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.