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U.S. Senate: 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. 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. Should she survive a Democratic primary, she may be facing Kennedy again, this time for the Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Mark Dayton.

Up until 2004, Wetterling was been 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.

Campaign Contribution Report

Total receipts
$965,855
Total disbursements
$676,620
Cash on hand
$289,233

Source: Federal Elections Commission - October 2005

Links and Resources

Web site:
Document pattywetterling.com

Candidate Pages

DFL U.S. Senate candidates Amy Klobuchar and Ford Bell make a joint appearance as part of Midday's Meet the Candidates series. They are both hoping for strong support from the party faithful in Tuesday's precinct caucuses. (Midday, 03/03/2006)
Rep. Mark Kennedy, R-Minn., has set his sights on the U.S. Senate. He's running for the seat vacated by Democratic Sen. Mark Dayton, who is not seeking reelection. (Midday, 03/02/2006)
Ford Bell is one of two Minnesota Demcorats vying for a seat in the U.S. Senate this year. In Midday's ongoing Meet the Candidates series, Bell explains what he'd like to accomplish in Washington. (Midday, 02/24/2006)
Hennepin County Attorney Amy Klobuchar is hoping to keep Mark Dayton's U.S. Senate seat in Democratic hands. She's already raised well over $2 million to finance her campaign, putting her second in the money race behind Republican contender Rep. Mark Kennedy. (Midday, 02/23/2006)
Republican lawmakers and Emily's List have emerged as big early players in the Minnesota senate race, an Associated Press review of campaign finance reports shows. (02/16/2006)
MPR's Tom Crann talks with Rep. Mark Kennedy about President Bush's proposed federal budget (02/10/2006)
Trial attorney Mike Ciresi has decided not to enter the race for U.S. Senate in Minnesota. He criticized his own party for "not having a voice for issues ordinary people care about." MPR's Tom Scheck talked with Ciresi. (02/08/2006)
On Thursday, President Bush makes his 18th stop in Minnesota since taking office. Given recent approval ratings, does his appearance cast a negative shadow on GOP candidates here? Or does it fire up the base? (02/01/2006)
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)
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)
Rep. Mark Kennedy, an opponent of drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, voted for a defense bill Monday that authorizes it. (12/19/2005)
President Bush traveled to Minnesota Friday to raise money for the U.S. Senate campaign of Republican Rep. Mark Kennedy. Bush spoke about the need to be tough on terrorism, and also urged Republicans to elect Kennedy to the Senate. (12/09/2005)
President Bush is in town Friday raising money for Minnesota Republican Rep. Mark Kennedy's U.S. Senate bid. With Bush's poll numbers languishing, will he be able to help Republicn candidates? ( 12/09/2005)
President Bush's fundraising visit in support of Senate candidate Mark Kennedy, comes when the president's approval rating in Minnesota has plunged. If that trend continues, it could hurt the chances in 2006. (12/09/2005)
The Pentagon is tentatively considering reducing the number of troops in Iraq by as many as three brigades over the next year, according to news reports. There are currently 18 brigades on the ground. Is U.S. military strategy in Iraq proving effective? ( 11/25/2005)