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2nd District: Coleen Rowley

Coleen Rowley and September 11, 2001 are forever linked. After the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, Rowley wrote a 12-page memo to FBI director Robert Mueller; criticizing the agency for its investigation into the attacks. Rowley was an FBI agent in the Minneapolis office weeks before 9-11. Her office investigated the case of Zacarias Moussaoui, who had paid $8,000 for flight lessons to learn to fly a Boeing 747. Rowley's FBI team arrested him and wanted to search his laptop. But FBI superiors in Washington denied the request. Later, Rowley "blew the whistle" on FBI inaction, providing fuel for congressional investigators. She appeared before a Senate panel weeks later, and was named as one of Time's Persons of the Year in 2002.

In April 2003, she stepped down from her legal position at the FBI, having warned -- unsuccessfully -- administration officials about the dangers of invading Iraq. In February 2005, Minnesota congresspersons and senators nominated Rowley to serve on the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, the creation of which was recommended by the of the 9-11 Commission.

Candidate Bio

Coleen Rowley
Political affiliation:
DFL Party
Fort Belvoir, Virginia

Married to Ross. Four children (Tess, Bette, Meg, Jeb).
Resides in Apple Valley
Former FBI agent and legal counsel.
Graduated, Wartburg College, 1977. Law degree from University of Iowa.
Major political experience:

On the Issues

Audio Abortion (7/26/05)
Audio Budget (7/26/05)
Audio CAFTA (7/26/05)
Audio Domestic security (7/26/05)
Audio Education (7/26/05)
Audio Global warming(7/26/05)
Audio Health care (7/26/05)
Audio Iraq (7/26/05)
Audio Iraq-future(7/26/05)
Audio Same-sex marriage (7/26/05)
Audio Social Security (7/26/05)
Audio Stem cell research (7/26/05)
Audio Taxes (7/26/05)

Campaign Finances

Total contributions
Total disbursments
Cash on hand
Source: Federal Elections Commission - October 2006

Links & Resources

Campaign site
The memorandum
Document Rowley's 9-11 memorandum
Campaign donors
Document Political Moneyline

Candidate Pages

The candidates for Congress in Minnesota's 2nd District -- incumbent Republican John Kline and his DFL challenger Colleen Rowley -- discuss the issues as part of Midday's "Meet the Candidates" series. (Midday, 11/01/2006)
Coleen Rowley accused John Kline of "blind loyalty" to the Bush administration. Kline accused Rowley of violating her own call for integrity. (10/04/2006)
Polls suggest the war in Iraq will be a major issue for voters in the November election. The two leading candidates in Minnesota's 2nd Congressional District are on opposite sides of the war. (07/26/2006)
Democratic state Sen. Sharon Marko withdrew Wednesday from Minnesota's 2nd Congressional District race, making a fall matchup between FBI whistleblower Coleen Rowley and Republican Rep. John Kline a near certainty. (03/29/2006)
State Sen. Sharon Marko said Wednesday she is jumping into the DFL race for Minnesota's 2nd Congressional District, pitting her against former FBI agent Coleen Rowley. (02/01/2006)
FBI 9/11 whistle blower Coleen Rowley formally launched her campaign for congress today. Rowley is challenging Republican John Kline in the 2nd District. She's running as a Democrat even though she says until recently she voted pretty much straight-line Republican, including a vote for the congressman she's now trying to unseat. (07/06/2005)
Coleen Rowley is considering a race for Congress in Minnesota's 2nd Congressional District, the former FBI whistle-blower told The Associated Press Monday. (05/23/2005)