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Governor: Becky Lourey


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State Sen. Becky Lourey was an unsuccessful candidate for the DFL nomination for governor in 2002, but she left her mark on the convention that year with a stirring concession speech (Listen) in which she said, "I believe it's time for a woman." Lourey, 62, is the only woman in the race for governor in 2006. Lourey, who is chair of the Senate Health and Family Security Committee, was at the center of the debate over the future of state-funded health care in the legislative session in 2005.

She has also staked out an anti-war position, traveling to Crawford, Texas to take part in Cindy Sheehan's high-profile vigil outside the ranch of President George W. Bush. Lourey's son, Matthew, was killed in Iraq in May 2005 when his helicopter was shot down. She was the lone dissenting vote when the Minnesota Senate passed legislation banning protests outside the funerals of soldiers killed in the line of duty, saying it violated free-speech provisions of the Constitution.

Lourey, who has 9 surviving children, says health insurance, education funding, environmental protections, college financial aid, and affordable housing are her campaign focus points.

Though she did not win the DFL endorsement for governor in 2006 either, this time she announced her intention to run in the September primary.
But in September, she lost to DFLer Mike Hatch 73-to-24 percent.

Candidate Bio

Becky Lourey in 2002 photo
Political affiliation:
DFL Party
Born:
September 24, 1943.
Personal:
Married (Gene). Twelve children (three have died).
Occupation:
State senator. Farmer. Runs Nemadji Research Corp.
Education:
One year at Asbury College in Kentucky. Attended classes at University of Minnesota. Graduated from Little Falls High School.
Major political experience:
Elected to the House in 1990, re-elected in 1992, 1994. Elected to the Senate in 1996, re-elected in 2000 and 2002. Sought DFL gubernatorial nomination in 2002.

On the Issues

Audio Environment (1/15/06)
Audio Early education(1/15/06)
Audio Health care (2/21/06)
Audio Immigration (1/15/06)
Audio Same-sex marriage(2/21/06)
Audio Taxes (2/21/06)

Campaign Contribution Report

Total receipts
$63,000
Cash on hand
$9,000
Source: Lourey campaign - January 2006

Links and Resources

Campaign Web site
Document www.beckylourey.org
MPR's Campaign 2002
Document Becky Lourey
Votetracker
Document Becky Lourey

Candidate Pages

The GOP ticket
Republican incumbent Tim Pawlenty, DFLer Mike Hatch and the Independence Party's Peter Hutchinson will face off in the November election, and the barbs have already started. (09/13/2006)
Sue Jeffers
DFLer Becky Lourey, Republican Sue Jeffers and the Independence Party's Pam Ellison say they have better positions on the issues than the three candidates they're challenging. (09/11/2006)
Leads the money race
With a little more than two months before the November election, Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty has a significant fundraising lead over his opponents. Pawlenty's campaign says the governor has $2 million in the bank, twice as much as his nearest rival, DFLer Mike Hatch. (08/29/2006)
DFL gubernatorial candidate Becky Lourey took her turn at the Humphrey Institute lectern Wednesday as part of the institute's series of Candidate Forums. Lourey, a state senator from Kerrick, is challenging DFL-endorsed candidate Mike Hatch in the Sept. 12 primary. (Midday, 08/25/2006)
State Sen. Becky Lourey, DFL-Kerrick, hopes DFL voters will choose her over endorsed gubernatorial candidate Mike Hatch in the September primary elections. She makes her case as part of Midday's "Meet the Candidates" series. (Midday, 08/17/2006)
The issue of health care is heating up in the governor's race. Two candidates have already outlined health care proposals, and another two will weigh in on the issue this week. Political observers say the issue affects many Minnesotans' pocketbooks, but it's unclear whether it will ultimately affect their votes in November. (08/09/2006)
The DFL-endorsed candidates for U.S. Senate and governor say they're focusing on the November general election, and the Republicans running in the race. But Amy Klobuchar and Mike Hatch must first get through the September primary, and both face primary challengers who claim to have stronger positions on the issues. (07/05/2006)
Minnesota Attorney General Mike Hatch is the DFL endorsed candidate for governor. Hatch won the endorsement on Saturday in Rochester, beating out state Senators Becky Lourey and Steve Kelley. The endorsement makes Hatch the clear frontrunner to take on Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty but he will have to win the DFL primary first. (06/11/2006)
Klobuchar easily won the backing of the vast majoirity of delegates to the state DFL convention underway this weekend in Rochester, winning on the first ballot with 78 percent of the vote. (06/09/2006)
Minnesota Democrats will endorse a candidate for governor at the party's state convention in Rochester on Saturday. Vying for the endorsement are Attorney General Mike Hatch, state Sen. Steve Kelley and state Sen. Becky Lourey. (06/09/2006)
The DFL candidates for governor will all be watching Tuesday's precinct caucuses to see what kind of support they enjoy from party stalwarts. Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Independence Party candidate Peter Hutchinson face no challenge within their parties. (Midday, 03/07/2006)
Midday's "Meet the Candidates" series continues with Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Becky Lourey. (Midday, 02/21/2006)
A candidate forum on business issues was the latest in which Attorney General Mike Hatch chose not to participate. Some Democrats are wondering why Hatch is keeping a low profile on the campaign trail. (02/08/2006)
DFL candidate Kelly Doran leads the money chase in the Minnesota governor's race, thanks mainly to his own loans. In the Senate race, Mark Kennedy is outpacing DFLer Amy Klobuchar. (01/31/2006)
Issues of particular concern to women dominated the latest DFL gubernatorial forum, sponsored by the DFL Feminist Caucus on Sunday. (01/16/2006)