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Saturday, March 24, 2018

Texas Republican Congressman Loses To Tea Party Challenger In Runoff

By Michael A. Memoli, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The oldest member of Congress became the first incumbent to lose a primary election in 2014, as former U.S. Attorney John Ratcliffe edged 17-term incumbent Rep. Ralph M. Hall in a Republican runoff in Texas. In a year when many veteran lawmakers are leaving voluntarily, Hall, 91, […]

May 28, 2014

Jim Oberstar, Longtime Minnesota Congressman, Dies At 79

By Baird Helgeson and Kelly Smith, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) Former U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar, a lion in northern Minnesota politics and the state’s longest-serving congressman, died Saturday in his Maryland home. He was 79. The veteran Democrat served 36 years — 18 terms from 1975 to 2011 — in Congress. “His impacts are almost indescribable,” said […]

May 5, 2014

Weekend Reader: My Country, ’Tis Of Thee: My Faith, My Family, Our Future

Today Weekend Reader brings you My Country, ’Tis Of Thee: My Faith, My Family, Our Future by U.S. Representative Keith Ellison of Minnesota’s 5th congressional district. In 2010, Representative Ellison joined Representative Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) as co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and has since been deeply committed to social issues and fighting endlessly on behalf of the middle class. The […]

January 11, 2014

Iowa Congressman And Family Fight Off Armed Home Invader

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A home invasion at Rep. Leonard Boswell’s Iowa farm ended when his 22-year-old grandson fetched a shotgun and aimed it at the intruder, according to a statement from the congressman’s office. No one was seriously injured. The incident started about 10:45 p.m. Saturday when an armed man came in through […]

July 18, 2011