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6th District: Patty Wetterling

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
November 2, 1949
Omaha, NE.
Married (Jerry). Four children (Trevor, Carmen, Amy. Son, Jacob was abducted in 1989 and has not been found.
Resides in St. Joseph.
Founder of Jacob Wetterling Foundation. Former math teacher. Executive recruiter and consultant.
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
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Cash on hand

Source: Political MoneyLine. October 2006

Links and Resources

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Children's safety advocate Patty Wetterling said Friday she is ending her Democratic campaign for U.S. Senate, and threw her support to Hennepin County Attorney Amy Klobuchar. (01/20/2006)
Patty Wetterling ran an unsuccessful campaign for the Minnesota 6th District House seat last year against Republican Mark Kennedy, who will one of her competitors again in in the U.S. Senate race. But Wetterling says this time, she's running a smarter campaign. (10/09/2005)
Senate candidates Mark Kennedy, Amy Klobuchar and Patty Wetterling each list assets of less than $1 million in financial disclosure forms while a fourth candidate said his assets and liabilities both exceed $50 million, according to an Associated Press review. (05/27/2005)
DFLers Patty Wetterling and Amy Klobuchar are moving forward with their prospective Senate campaigns, with Wetterling sending out a fund-raising letter and Klobuchar setting up a campaign Web site. (03/18/2005)
Child safety advocate Patty Wetterling, who ran for Congress last year, is shifting her 2006 campaign focus to a possible Senate bid. (02/25/2005)