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1st District: Tim Walz

A Nebraska native, Tim Walz brings a background in education, veterans affairs and China to the 1st District campaign. According to Walz's Web site, he criticizes Washington for breaking "its promise to care for veterans."

On education issues, Walz says schools should be more accountable, and the government should pay a greater share of the cost of special education. Walz is also addressing the prescription drug situation, a significant component of his opponent's campaign, saying waiting for two months to import drugs from Candada "is an inadequate alternative to the skyrocketing drug costs."

Walz is a veteran of the Army National Guard. He has taught in the People's Republic of China. He also served as a visiting Fellow of International Relations at the Macau Polytechnic University, a position, he says, that helped develop his knowledge of China’s unique international status.

Candidate Bio

Tim Walz
Political affiliation:
DFL Party
April 6, 1964
West Point, Nebraska
Married (Gwen). One daughter (Hope).
Teacher at Mankato West High School. Established Educational Travel Adventures, Inc. which conducts educational trips to China for high school students.
B.S. in social science education from Chadron State College in Nebraska. Master's degree in educational leadership; currently working on doctorate at St. Mary's College in Winona. Retired from Army National Guard.
Major political experience:
None indicated.

Campaign contribution profile

Total receipts
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Federal Elections Commission
October 2006

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