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6th District: Jim Knoblach

Rep. Jim Knoblach has the been Republican standard-bearer in the House on tax policy for the last several years, since becoming chairman of the influential House Ways and Means Committee in 2003. He was also the Assistant Majority leader in the House for four years. Prior to his election in 1994, he owned a direct mail and data processing business. He was an executive at MediSense, a biotechnology products company.

Knoblach said he hadn't planned to enter the race so early (he joined the fray on Valentine's Day 2005) but felt he had little choice. "I wouldn't be announcing if others weren't," Knoblach said. The low-key Knoblach didn't call a press conference, instead sharing the news personally with reporters at the state Capitol.

His campaign ended on May 6, 2006 when the District 6 convention endorsed Michele Bachmann for the seat.

He is an avid outdoorsman. He climbed Mt. Ranier in Washington. He has also run in the Twin Cities marathon.

Candidate Bio

Jim Knoblach
Political affiliation:
Republican Party
Married to Janet. Two children
Resides in St. Cloud.
State representative. Licensed real estate broker.
B.S. Economics and business administration, St. John's University.
M.B.A. Harvard.
M.A. American Governor, Georgetown University.
Major political experience:
State representative from District 15A. First elected to the House in 1994.

On the Issues

Audio Energy (5/3/06)
Audio Immigration(5/3/06)
Audio Iraq (5/3/06)
Audio Iran (5/3/06)
Audio Tax system (5/3/06)
Audio Medicare (5/3/06)
Audio Tax cuts (5/3/06)

Campaign Finances

Total contributions:
Total disbursements
Cash on hand
Source: Political MoneyLine.
July 2006

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Candidate Pages

Bachmann easily won the endorsement contest Saturday in Monticello and is looking ahead to the November election. Her three challengers say they are sticking to their pledge not to run in a primary. (05/06/2006)
Rep. Mark Kennedy has set his sights on the U.S. Senate, and there is a heated race underway for the Republican endorsement to take his place in Congress. (Midday, 05/03/2006)
Three of four candidates for the 6th District seat signed a pledge to honor the party endorsement process. But a fourth refused to sign, although he says he'll abide by it. (04/21/2006)
The common campaign theme among the Republican challengers is that Congress doesn't just need more Republicans, it needs more conservative Republicans. (04/17/2006)
There's always some politics in every policy debate at the Legislature. Republican Reps. Phil Krinkie and Jim Knoblach are taking that to a higher level at the Capitol, because they're running against each other for the same Congressional seat. Some say they're trying to "out-conservatize" each other. (04/07/2006)
The Republicans vying for a spot on Minnesota's 6th Congressional District ballot hauled in comparable amounts of campaign cash and, in some cases, looked to the same donors, according to reports that were due Friday. (04/15/2005)