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5th District: Ember Reichgott Junge

Ember Reichgott Junge served in the Minnesota Legislature for 18 years. She did not run for re-election in 2000 and was the assistant Senate majority leader. She says she first became interested in politics while a senior at St. Olaf College when she served as an intern in Washington to then Sen. Walter Mondale. She won her Senate seat at age 29 when Skip Humphrey ran for attorney general, opening the seat. She once sang with the group, "Up With People." Her listed hobbies include ballroom dancing.

Junge lost her primary election to DFLer Keith Ellison. She received almost 21 percent of the vote.

Candidate Bio

Ember Reichgott Junge
Political affiliation:
Democratic Party
Married to Michael Junge.
Resides in New Hope and Hutchinson.
Attorney and communications consultant with The General Counsel, Ltd. Host of "Women on the Move" radio show.
JD, Duke University School of Law, 1977 MBA, University of St. Thomas, 1991 B.A. psychology and political science, St. Olaf College
Political experience:
Former member of the Minnesota Senate. Unsuccessful candidate for attorney general in 1998.

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Source: Federal Elections Commission
July 2006

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Increasing crime in Minneapolis is fueling concerns about public safety in Minnesota's 5th Congressional District, which includes the city and several suburbs. Candidates in the race for that seat are responding with a string of public safety proposals. One DFLer has even gotten the endorsement of Hennepin County's Republican sheriff. (08/01/2006)
Four DFL candidates for the 5th District Congressional seat discussed their views on the fighting between Israel and Lebanon in a debate Tuesday night in Minneapolis. (07/26/2006)
Four of the DFLers seeking to replace retiring 5th District Congressman Martin Sabo debated the war in Iraq, health care and poverty issues Monday. The four DFLers agreed on a number of major national issues, but tried to differentiate themselves based on their experience. (07/24/2006)
Former DFL State Party Chair Mike Erlandson has filed papers to run for Congress in the 5th Congressional District. Erlandson is bucking his party's endorsement of another candidate, and is getting help from his former boss -- the man who's retiring from that office. (07/06/2006)
The Rev. Jesse Jackson rallied support for DFLer Keith Ellison's campaign for the 5th Congressional District seat in Minneapolis Friday afternoon. (06/30/2006)
If elected, Rep. Keith Ellison would be the first African American congressman from Minnesota and the first Muslim congressman in the nation's history. But Ellison's past, in particular his relationship with the Nation of Islam, are causing some Jewish activists and others to question if he's the best candidate. (06/30/2006)
If elected, Keith Ellison would be the first African American congressman in Minnesota history. But the endorsement doesn't guarantee that he'll be DFLer on the November ballot because several Democrats say they'll run in a September primary. (05/06/2006)
When Rep. Martin Sabo announced his retirement last month, about a dozen DFL candidates started lining up to replace him. They range from a Dairy Queen owner to a university professor. At a forum on Sunday, they touted their political chops. (04/23/2006)
U.S. Rep. Martin Sabo, DFL-Minn., announced Saturday that he won't seek a 15th term in Congress. (Midday, 03/20/2006)
"In my gut I know the time is right," the Minneapolis DFLer said on Saturday as he announced the end of his political career. (03/18/2006)
University of Minnesota political scientist Larry Jacobs says Martin Sabo's decision to retire is "momentous," and the time of the announcement is "strange." (03/17/2006)
Martin Sabo is holding a press conference Saturday to announce he's not seeking re-election. The 5th District Democrat has been a member of Congress representing Minneapolis for 28 years. (03/17/2006)