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6th District: Patty Wetterling


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Patty Wetterling dropped out of the Senate race on January 20, 2006, throwing her support behind DFLer Amy Klobuchar in the process. Two weeks later, on February 3, 2006, she announced her candidacy for the congressional seat in the 6th District. Wetterling lost her initial attempt at elective politics in November 2004 when she was beaten by incumbent 6th District Rep. Mark Kennedy 54-to-46 percent. She won the 6th District DFL convention endorsement over fellow DFLer Elwyn Tinklenberg on the seventh ballot on May 13, 2006.

Up until 2004, Wetterling was a reluctant celebrity, dragged into the spotlight 15 years ago when her 11-year-old son, Jacob, was abducted at gunpoint by a masked man. Jacob has never been found. Now a high-profile expert on child abuse and abduction issues, she's known for working amicably with both sides of the political aisle.

She's a former math teacher, soccer coach and Parent Teacher Association president. For 23 years, she served on the board of a local arts festival.

Candidate Bio

Patty Wetterling
Political affiliation:
DFL Party
Born:
November 2, 1949
Omaha, NE.
Personal:
Married (Jerry). Four children (Trevor, Carmen, Amy. Son, Jacob was abducted in 1989 and has not been found.
Resides in St. Joseph.
Occupation:
Founder of Jacob Wetterling Foundation. Former math teacher. Executive recruiter and consultant.
Education:
Bachelor's degree in math science from Minnesota State University, Mankato
Major political experience:
Ran for House of Representatives in the 6th District, 2004, losing to Rep. Mark Kennedy.

On the Issues

Audio Abortion (5/10/06)
Audio Deficits (5/10/06)
Audio Gas prices(5/10/06)
Audio Guns (5/10/06)
Audio Health care (5/10/06)
Audio Immigration (5/10/06)
Audio Impeachment(5/10/06)
Audio Iran (5/10/06)
Audio Iraq (5/10/06)
Audio Medicare (5/10/06)
Audio Palestinians (5/10/06)
Audio Same-sex marraige(5/13/06)
Audio Tax cuts (5/10/06)

Campaign Contribution Report

Total receipts
$2,204,334
Total disbursements
$1,244,631
Cash on hand
$996,750

Source: Political MoneyLine. October 2006

Links and Resources

Web site:
Document pattywetterling.com

Candidate Pages

Michele Bachmann
Bachmann defeated Democrat Patty Wetterling in a hard-fought contest that will go down as the state's most expensive U.S. House race. (11/08/2006)
Patty Wetterling and Michele Bachmann
The congressional candidate made the comments during tough questioning at a free-for-all forum in Andover, in the wake of an appearance at a church service last month in which she said "God called me to run for the United States Congress." (11/01/2006)
Bachmann HQ
Voters in Minnesota's 6th District are poised to elect a woman to Congress this year. But which woman? (10/27/2006)
The candidates in Minnesota's 6th Congressional District face off as part of Midday's Meet the Candidates series. (Midday, 10/20/2006)
A new poll shows Patty Wetterling is the frontrunner in the 6th District race. But Republicans say the poll isn't credible. (10/17/2006)
The nasty tone of a debate in Blaine carried over from the negative TV ads both Patty Wetterling and Michele Bachmann have been running. (10/16/2006)
6th District DFL Congressional candidate Patty Wetterling talked to a national radio audience Saturday about child safety and the Mark Foley scandal. (10/07/2006)
Results of the Reuters/Zogby poll found Republican Michele Bachmann and Democrat Patty Wetterling running neck and neck with just a month left before the election. Meanwhile, the Mark Foley scandal is growing as a campaign issue. (10/04/2006)
The three candidates for Congress in Minnesota's 6th district offered distinctly different views and sharp exchanges on health care, taxes and the war in Iraq in a debate Thursday night. (09/21/2006)
The candidates for Minnesota's 6th Congressional District seat met for their first debate before a large audience Monday night in St. Cloud. (09/19/2006)
Patty Wetterling locked down the DFL endorsement in the 6th District on Saturday, setting up what promises to be a rip-roaring battle for Congress with the GOP's conservative candidate, Michele Bachmann. (05/13/2006)
Democrats in the 6th Congressional District will meet Saturday in Monticello to endorse a candidate for the U.S. House. (05/12/2006)
Patty Wetterling and Elwyn Tinklenberg both want to grab Mark Kennedy's House seat for the Democratic Party. They make their cases to the voters in Minnesota's 6th Congressional District. (Midday, 05/10/2006)
Jacob Wetterling Foundation officials say they've been considering the name change for several years, but one board member says Patty Wetterling's political campaign is also playing a role in the possible change. (03/10/2006)
Patty Wetterling's announcement has upset the other Democrat in the race and has Republicans hopeful that the seat will stay in their hands. (02/03/2006)