Wednesday, November 28, 2012

MN Representative Re-Elected After 32 Year Hiatus. Farm-Labor Party Standard Bearer

Rick Nolan today


Rick Nolan
Rick Nolan during his first term


Rick Nolan interviewed by Talk of the Nation's "Political Junke," 


Rick Nolan

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Rick Nolan
Member-elect of the U.S. House of Representatives from
Minnesota's 8th district
Taking office
January 3, 2013
SucceedingChip Cravaack
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Minnesota's 6th district
In office
January 3, 1975 – January 3, 1981
Preceded byJohn M. Zwach
Succeeded byVin Weber
Member of the Minnesota House of Representatives
from the 53A district
In office
Succeeded byRaymond Kempe
Personal details
BornDecember 17, 1943 (age 68)
Brainerd, Minnesota
Political partyMinnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party
ResidenceCrosby, Minnesota
Alma materSt. John’s University
University of Minnesota (B.A.)
University of Maryland, College Park
St. Cloud State University
Professionbusiness executive and educator
Richard Michael "Rick" Nolan (born December 17, 1943) is an American politician who was the U.S. Representative for Minnesota's 6th congressional district from 1975 to 1981, and is the member-elect for Minnesota's 8th congressional district. After reentering politics in 2011, he was endorsed by the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party to challenge first-term incumbent RepublicanChip Cravaack in the 8th district.[1] Nolan won the Democratic primary in August 2012, and defeated Cravaack on November 6, 2012.[2]

Nolan was born in Brainerd, Minnesota and graduated from Brainerd High School in 1962. He attended St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota the following year, but completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Minnesota, earning his B.A. in 1966. Nolan pursued postgraduate work in public administration and policy formation at the University of Maryland, College Park, and in education at St. Cloud State University[3]
Early in his career he served as a staff assistant to Walter Mondale in the United States Senate.[4] He also pursued a career in business as a owner and operator of sawmill and wood pallet factory in Emily, Minnesota, and was a teacher of social studies in Royalton, MN.[3]



[edit]Political Career (1968 - 1980)

Nolan was elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 1968 and served two terms (1969-72), representing House District 53A (Morrison County).[5] He then ran unsuccessfully forMinnesota's 6th congressional district seat in the United States House of Representatives in 1972, but was elected in his second run in 1974 to the 94th Congress and reelected in 1976 to the 95th Congress and 1978 to the 96th Congress.
See also:
In 1979, he broke with his party in endorsing Senator Ted Kennedy for President over the sitting Democratic President Jimmy Carter.[4][6]
In 2007, he endorsed Connecticut Senator Christopher Dodd in his campaign for President of the United States, and traveled the state of Iowa campaigning on his behalf.[7]

[edit]Business Career (1980 - 2011)

Nolan decided not to run for reelection in 1980, and served as president of the U.S. Export Corporation until 1986, and president of the Minnesota World Trade Center under Governor Rudy Perpich from 1987 to 1994.[3][8] He has also served as chairman of the Mission Township[9] Planning Committee, president and board member of the Central Lakes College foundation, and lecturer and volunteer for the Initiative Foundation on Serving in Public Office.

[edit]Political Career (2012+)

[edit]2012 campaign for U.S. Congress

Nolan announced his candidacy for United States Congress on July 12, 2011, challenging incumbent Chip Cravaack in Minnesota's 8th congressional district.[10] He won the Democratic primary in August 2012, defeating Tarryl Clark andJeff Anderson.[11][12]



During a debate in 2012, Nolan accused Republicans of supporting "trickle-down" economics. Nolan said that Republican policies would mean that "the rich get richer, the poor get poorer and the middle class gets crushed." He said that taxes should be raised and that provisions in the tax code that encourage offshoring should be eliminated. Nolan also said that the "super-rich" in particular should be targeted for tax increases.[13]


Nolan has voiced support for the stimulus spending championed by President Obama. He said, "It did in fact create good jobs in a whole wide range of areas, not the least of which is in the field of transportation."

[edit]Health care

Nolan supports the Affordable Care Act and said he would not vote to repeal it. Nolan said, "It ensures that another 30 million people in this country would have health insurance; it provides that nobody can be denied as a result of preconditions; it provides that parents can keep their children insured up to the age of 26."[14]


Nolan supports increased federal investment in the mining industry, including a “$250 million-a-year research center that would look at newer, cheaper and more environmentally friendly ways of extracting resources from the region.”[15]He also advocates speeding up the environmental review process for mining companies.[15]

[edit]113th Congress

Given his previous six years of service, Nolan's Chamber Seniority will be at or around near the head of the 113th Congress' 2013 freshman class, as prior service in the House serves as a tiebreaker.[16][17]
There are four newly elected members filling empty seats when the House reconvenes on Nov. 13, 2012:
Tentative Rank[18]
David Curson(D) MI-11353.
Suzan DelBene(D) WA-01354.
Thomas Massie(R) KY-04355.
Donald Payne Jr.(D) NJ-10356.
Nolan will be senior to these four and to the 39 Representatives who have two consecutive terms as of the 112th Congress, but junior to the 38 members who have three consecutive terms as of the 112th Congress.[19] This may not be relevant to seniority on many individual committees, but is likely to be relevant if Nolan serves on either the House Small Business Committee (Small Business or the House Agriculture Committee (Agriculture that he served on[20] in the 94th95th and/or 96th Congresses.[21]

In addition, There are eight other members of the 2012 Freshmen class who have also previously served in Congress[22]
Tentative RankTerms Previously Served
Ann Kirkpatrick(D), AZ,3691. (2008)
Alan Grayson(D), FL,3851. (2008)
Bill Foster(D), IL,3801.6 (2007, 2008)
Dina Titus(D), NV,4271. (2008)
Carol Shea-Porter(D), NH,4212. (2006, 2008)
Dan Maffei(D), NY4021. (2008)
Matt Salmon(R), AZ,4193. (1994, 1996, 1998)
Steve Stockman(R), TX4241. (1994)
These members' previous seniority will effect Rick Nolan's seniority position as well.
A "House Lineup", that shows Chamber Seniority (vrs. Committee Seniority) has been released as of 11/16/2012. (FFI, go to LINK and scroll down ~40%.) It shows Congressman-Elect Nolan at position 409, betweenMarkwayne Mullin (R), OK and Beto O’Rourke (D), TX. Expect this list to be modified after the 113th Congress convenes.

[edit]House Small Business Committee

If Nolan serves on the House Small Business Committee (Small Business, he will be junior to Judy Chu (California) and senior to William R. Keating (Massachusetts). To be determined is his seniority versus David Cicilline(Rhode Island), Cedric Richmond (Louisiana), Gary Peters (Michigan) and Bill Owens (New York).

[edit]House Agriculture Committee

If Nolan serves on the House Agriculture Committee (Agriculture, he will be junior to Tim Walz (Minnesota) and senior to Peter Welch (Vermont). To be determined is his seniority versus Kurt Schrader (Oregon), Bill Owens(New York), Chellie Pingree (Maine) and Joe Courtney (Connecticut).

[edit]Electoral History

See also: United States House of Representatives elections in Minnesota, 2012#District 8
2012 Eighth Congressional District of Minnesota Elections[23]
DFLRick Nolan191,98154.3%%
RepublicanChip Cravaack (incumbent)160,52045.39%
Voter turnout %
DFL gain from Republican


  1. ^ O'Rourke, Mike (July 12, 2011). "Nolan makes bid for Congress official". Brainerd Dispatch. Retrieved 2012-06-18.
  2. ^ Nolan defeats Cravaack in 8th District
  3. a b c "NOLAN, Richard Michael - Biographical Information". Retrieved 2012-06-18.
  4. a b "Nolan, Richard Michael". Minnesota Legislators Past & Present. Retrieved 2012-06-18.
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  6. ^ "Five Democrats May Endorse Ted Kennedy"The Virgin Islands Daily News. May 23, 1979.
  7. ^ Kady II, Martin (January 4, 2008). "Dodd, Biden drop out after Iowa defeat". Politico. Retrieved 2012-06-18.
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  10. ^ Collins, Jon (July 13, 2011). "Former Rep. Nolan enter 8th District race against Cravaack". Minnesota Independent. Retrieved 2012-06-18.
  11. ^ Richert, Catharine (May 11, 2012). "Nolan invites Cravaack to fishing opener". Minnesota Public Radio. Retrieved 2012-06-18.
  12. ^ Collins, Jon (August 15, 2012). "Nolan wins in 8th; Quist wins in 1st"Minnesota Public Radio.
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  15. a b Cravaack, Nolan Battle over Natural Resources.” MinnPost, n.d.
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  19. ^ The History division of the Office of the Clerk to the House of Representatives may be the final arbiter of Nolan's seniority position. In addition, the House Parliamentarian's office has indicated that the 112th's Seniority List can be used asprecedent in this matter.
  20. ^ A copy of the below quote was provided by the Office of the Historian, House of Representatives. From the "Committees in the U.S. Congress 1947-1992", Volume 2: Committee Histories and Member Assignments, by Garrison Nelson, University of Vermont with Mary T. Mitchell, University of Michigan, Clark H. Bensen, PoliData. Published by the Congressional Quarterly, page 665. (copyright data unknown)

    Richard M. Nolan (DFL-Minn.)
    Birth: Dec. 17, 1943 Death: ---
    House: Jan. 3, 1975-Jan. 3, 1981
    Left House: Retired.

    Dates: Jan. 20, 1975-Jan. 3, 1981
    Departure: Left chamber; retired.
    Terms in:
    Cong.RankingHouseComm.Assignment Date
    94thMaj-24th11Jan 20, 1975
    95thMaj-18th22Jan 19, 1977
    96thMaj-15th33Jan 24, 1979

    Dates: Jan. 23, 1975-Jan. 3, 1981
    Departure: Left chamber; retired.
    Terms in:
    Cong.RankingHouseComm.Assignment Date
    94thMaj-16th11Jan 23, 1975
    95thMaj-13th22Jan 19, 1977
    96thMaj-10th33Jan 24, 1979

  21. ^ A copy of the below quote was provided by the Office of the Historian, House of Representatives. Note that the determination of Seniority is also determined by the Party's rules.
    From the "Encyclopedia of the United States Congress", c. 1995, volume 4, pages 1795 & 1799:
    SENIORITY. The rank of a member of Congress is determined by seniority. Although seniority is not part of formal chamber or party rules, it is a well- established tradition in both houses of Congress. Rank in the House or Senate chamber is known as chamber seniority; rank on a committee—based on length of service on that panel—is called committee seniority.
      Chamber Seniority. The formal starting date of a member's service—usually 3 January, the official beginning of a new Congress—determines his or her chamber seniority. When a senator fills an un-expired term, the date of appointment, certifica­tion, or swearing in determines the official date. In the House, the date of the new member's election determines the starting date.
      For members sworn in on the same date, prior experience is a factor in determining seniority. In the Senate, prior Senate. House, and gubernatorial service, in that order, count toward seniority. The most senior member of the Senate of the majority party is usually designated the president pro tempore. In the House, only prior House service counts toward seniority. In both chambers, if members still have equal rank, seniority is determined by list­ing members alphabetically. Until 1980, a senator could gain several days' seniority if his or her pre­decessor resigned before the end of his or her term and the new member was then sworn in early. In that year, both parties eliminated the practice of giving these new senators an edge in seniority for obtaining committee assignments.
      Chamber seniority is important in bidding for room assignments, gaining access to patronage ap­pointments, and, in the House, floor recognition. Seniority is also vital to the committee assignment process and therefore to the selection of committee and subcommittee chairmen.
    {end quote on Page 1795 skip to Page 1799}
    Aboam, Michael, and Joseph Cooper. "The Rise of Seniority in the House of Representatives." Polity 1 (Fall 1968): 52-84.
    Goodwin, George. "Seniority System in Congress." American Political Science Review 53 (1959): 412-436.
    Hinckley, Barbara. The Seniority System in Congress. 1971
    Potsby, Nelson W, Miriam Gallaher. and Barry S. Rundquist. "Growth of the System in the U.S. House of Representatives." American Political Science Review 63 (1969): 787-807.
    Wolanin, Thomas R. "Committee Seniority and the Choice of House Subcommittee Chairmen: 80th-91st Congresses." Journal of Politics 36 (1974): 687-702.
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  23. ^ "Results from Congressional District 08". Minnesota Secretary of State. November 9, 2012. Retrieved November 9, 2012.

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