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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

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Another Democrat is entering the 2006 race for U.S. Senate. Veterinarian Ford Bell formally launches his campaign Friday. On the Republican side, Vice President Dick Cheney will be in Minnesota raising money for Rep. Mark Kennedy, who's also running for Senate. (07/22/2005)
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)
Citing the potential for a divisive campaign ahead, conservative former U.S. Sen. Rod Grams said Sunday he is ending his bid to return to the Senate in 2006. (04/25/2005)
Democrat Amy Klobuchar officially entered the race for U.S. Senate on Sunday. So far only Klobuchar and Republican Congressman Mark Kennedy have formally launched campaigns for the seat DFLer Mark Dayton will leave at the end of next year. (04/17/2005)
Another Republican Party heavy hitter, Gov. Tim Pawlenty, endorsed U.S. Rep. Mark Kennedy's 2006 campaign Monday as the congressman's lone GOP rival lashed out at party bosses he said were counting him out too soon. (03/07/2005)
Sixth District Rep. Mark Kennedy, R-Minn., has already begun campaigning for U.S. Senate even though Minnesotans won't vote for nearly two years. Democrats say Kennedy is shirking his House of Representatives duties in favor of his Senate bid. (02/25/2005)
U.S. Rep. Mark Kennedy is the first candidate to officially jump into the U.S. Senate race. Kennedy, a Republican, announced Friday that he will run for the seat being vacated by DFLer Mark Dayton. (02/11/2005)
Sen. Mark Dayton's decision to bow out after one term touched off a flurry of talk Wednesday about Democrats who might try to move up the political ladder. (02/09/2005)
Republican Rod Grams is pondering a political comeback with a possible challenge to Democratic Sen. Mark Dayton, who knocked him out of office in 2000. (02/02/2005)