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Jim Hagedorn
Jim Hagedorn, official portrait, 116th Congress.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Minnesota's 1st district
Assumed office
January 3, 2019
Preceded byTim Walz
Personal details
James Lee Hagedorn

(1962-08-04) August 4, 1962 (age 58)
Blue Earth, Minnesota, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
(m. 2018)
RelativesTom Hagedorn (father)
EducationGeorge Mason University (BA)
WebsiteHouse website

James Lee Hagedorn (born August 4, 1962) is an American politician from the state of Minnesota. A Republican, he is a member of the United States House of Representatives from Minnesota's 1st congressional district.[1] The district covers much of the southern third of the state and includes Rochester, Austin and Mankato.

Early life and education

Hagedorn was born in Blue Earth, Minnesota in 1962,[2] the son of former United States Representative Tom Hagedorn and Kathleen Hagedorn (née Mittlestadt).[3] He was raised on his family's farm near Truman, Minnesota and in McLean, Virginia, near Washington, D.C., while his father served in Congress from 1975 to 1983.[4][5] Hagedorn graduated from Langley High School.[6]

Hagedorn pled guilty to a DUI charge in Fairfax County, Virginia, in 1983.[7]

He graduated from George Mason University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in government and political science in 1993.[6][8]


Government career

Hagedorn greeting President Ronald Reagan in 1982
Hagedorn greeting President Ronald Reagan in 1982

Hagedorn served as a legislative aide to Minnesota Congressman Arlan Stangeland, 1984-1991.[6] He then worked in the United States Department of the Treasury as Director for Legislative and Public Affairs for the Financial Management Service from 1991 to 1998, and later as Congressional Affairs Officer for the Bureau of Engraving and Printing until 2009.[6][9]

Mr. Conservative blog

Between 2002 and 2008, Hagedorn authored a now-deleted blog entitled Mr. Conservative. Blog posts included sexist comments, Islamophobic comments, complaints about Barack Obama, remarks against Native Americans, homophobic statements, and anti-Mormon and antisemitic comments.[10] Hagedorn said the blog was intended to be humorous and satirical.[11]

Hagedorn's blogging history led the conservative Washington Examiner to run an editorial labeling him "the worst midterm candidate in America" in 2018.[12][13]

U.S. House of Representatives

2010 election

Hagedorn lost the Republican nomination for Minnesota's 1st congressional district in the 2010 election.[6][14][15]

2014 election

Returning to Minnesota in 2013, he won the Republican nomination for Minnesota's 1st congressional district in the 2014, but lost in the general election to Democratic incumbent Tim Walz.[16][6] Hagedorn lost the Republican nomination for Minnesota's 1st congressional district in the 2010 election.[6][17]

2016 election

Hagedorn won the Republican nomination for Minnesota's 1st congressional district in 2016 elections, but lost in the general election to Democratic incumbent Tim Walz.[6]

2018 election

In the 2018 elections, Hagedorn received the Republican nomination, despite the National Rifle Association endorsing another candidate (Carla Nelson), who also received funds from Rep. Elise Stefanik, Richard Uihlein and Paul Singer. Hagedorn described himself as the most conservative candidate who is loyal to Trump.[18]

After Hagedorn won the 2018 primary, then-head of the National Republican Congressional Committee, Representative Steve Stivers, said "that is news to me" about the viewpoints expressed on Hagedorn's blog. The spokeswoman for NRCC said the posts were inappropriate and were not condoned by the group.[19]

In the general election, with Walz giving up the seat to make a successful run for Governor of Minnesota, Hagedorn bested Democratic nominee Daniel Feehan.[1]

2020 election

Hagedorn is running for re-election in 2020.


According to the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University, Hagedorn held a Bipartisan Index Score of -0.0 in the 116th United States Congress for 2019, which placed him 190th out of 435 members.[20] Based on FiveThirtyEight's congressional vote tracker at ABC News, Hagedorn voted with Donald Trump's stated public policy positions 94.4% of the time,[21] which ranked him average in the 116th United States Congress when predictive scoring (district partisanship and voting record) is used.[22]

In 2020, in response to activist Shaun King saying that depictions of Jesus as white should be destroyed, Hagedorn wrote that the Democratic Party and Black Lives Matter movement "are at war with our country, our beliefs and western culture." In response to critiques that the term "Western culture" has been used to promote white nationalism, Hagedorn said "The notion that statues and images of Jesus Christ somehow represent white supremacy and should be destroyed is ludicrous and represent a growing intolerant movement on the left to silence any voices that do not align with their radical secular views."[23] Hagedorn's comments led several corporate donors, including Intel and UnitedHealth Group, to ask for Hagedorn to return their donations.[24][25]

In 2020, Hagedorn's high volume of publicly funded constituent mail came under scrutiny. LegiStorm reported that Hagedorn spent more than one-fifth of his entire $1.4 million annual office budget on mailings. He also spent around 40% of his office's annual budget in the first quarter of 2020, surpassing any other member of Congress during the same time frame, with 19 percent being spent on printing costs and mailings when the average representative spent about .8 percent of their budgets on mass mailings.[26] Expenses included for Hagedorn's mailings went to a firm that is partially owned by a part-time Hagedorn staffer. Hagedorn dismissed his chief of staff and said "While these relatively routine duties were fully delegated to my former Chief of Staff and our finance officer, I acknowledge responsibility for the oversight of my office and will continue to make any necessary management improvements."[27][28] In emails obtained by the Star Tribune, a former staffer had shown that the congressman, in both 2019 and early 2020,[29] managed at least some aspects of the constituent mailings and was aware of the volumes. Hagedorn also holds a financial relationship with small AM radio station host Al Travis Thielfoldt, whose company, Innovative Marketing Techniques, was paid $64,450 for the 2020 election cycle from Hagedorn's campaign and "half a million dollars during the 2018" campaign, according to FEC records.[30][31]

Committee assignments

Electoral history

Republican primary results[32]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jim Hagedorn 12,748 54.0
Republican Aaron Miller 10,870 46.0
Total votes 23,618 100.0
Minnesota's 1st congressional district, 2014[33]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic (DFL) Tim Walz (incumbent) 122,851 54.2
Republican Jim Hagedorn 103,536 45.7
n/a Write-ins 308 0.1
Total votes 226,695 100.0
Democratic (DFL) hold
Republican primary results[34]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jim Hagedorn 10,851 76.5
Republican Steve Williams 3,330 23.5
Total votes 14,181 100.0
Minnesota's 1st congressional district, 2016 [35]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic (DFL) Tim Walz (incumbent) 169,074 50.3
Republican Jim Hagedorn 166,526 49.6
n/a Write-ins 277 01
Total votes 335,877 100.0
Democratic (DFL) hold
Republican primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jim Hagedorn 25,418 60.1
Republican Carla Nelson 13,589 32.2
Republican Steve Williams 2,145 5.1
Republican Andrew Candler 1,106 2.6
Total votes 42,258 100.0
Minnesota's 1st congressional district, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jim Hagedorn 146,199 50.1
Democratic (DFL) Dan Feehan 144,884 49.7
n/a Write-ins 575 0.2
Total votes 291,658 100.0
Republican gain from Democratic (DFL)

Personal life

Hagedorn is married to Jennifer Carnahan, the Chairwoman for the Republican Party of Minnesota, and they reside in Blue Earth, Minnesota.[8] He was diagnosed with stage-4 kidney cancer in 2019.[36]


  1. ^ a b Rao, Maya (November 7, 2018). "GOP's Jim Hagedorn wins Minnesota's First District seat on fourth try". Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  2. ^ "Candidate Conversation - Jim Hagedorn (R) | News & Analysis". Inside Elections. June 2, 2017. Retrieved April 21, 2020.
  3. ^ "The Case against the reckless Congress - Marjorie Holt - Google Books". Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  4. ^ "Jim Hagedorn | Greater Mankato Growth". Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  5. ^ Mewes, Trey (August 10, 2018). "GOP voters to decide between Hagedorn and Nelson | Elections". Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h "Biography - Jim Hagedorn (1962)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved May 20, 2020.
  7. ^ Josh Moniz (August 26, 2014). "Hagedorn issues apology for statements". Mankato Free Press. Retrieved July 24, 2020.
  8. ^ a b "Jim Hagedorn's Biography". Vote Smart. Retrieved May 20, 2020.
  9. ^ Karnowski, Steve (October 12, 2018). "MN 1st District candidates Jim Hagedorn, Dan Feehan debate". Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  10. ^ Tim Murphy (April 22, 2014). "House candidate called female senators "undeserving bimbos in tennis shoes"". Mother Jones. Retrieved July 24, 2020.
  11. ^ Lopez, Ricardo (August 23, 2014). "GOP U.S. House hopeful Jim Hagedorn defends old blog posts now under fire". Star Tribune. Retrieved August 5, 2020.
  12. ^ Philip Wegmann (April 10, 2018). "Jim Hagedorn: The worst Republican candidate in America?". Washington Examiner. Retrieved July 24, 2020.
  13. ^ Jones, Hannah (August 21, 2018). "U.S. House control could hinge on Minnesota's Jim Hagedorn, 'worst Republican candidate in America' | City Pages". City Pages. Retrieved July 24, 2020.
  14. ^ Pathé, Simone (August 14, 2018). "Hagedorn Wins GOP Nomination for Toss-Up Minnesota Race". Roll Call. Retrieved August 23, 2019.
  15. ^ Syed, Moiz; Willis, Derek (October 15, 2009). "Two GOP candidates with familiar names consider run against Walz". Post Bulletin. Archived from the original on November 2, 2012. Retrieved July 24, 2020.
  16. ^ Chuck Hunt (September 15, 2013). "Back for another campaign". Faribault County Register. Retrieved July 24, 2020. The Blue Earth native and sometimes resident is back to try again to become the Republican candidate to run against U.S. Congressman Tim Walz a year from now in the November 2014 election.
  17. ^ Pathé, Simone (August 14, 2018). "Hagedorn Wins GOP Nomination for Toss-Up Minnesota Race". Roll Call. Retrieved August 23, 2019.
  18. ^ Simone Pathé (August 10, 2018). "In Minnesota's 1st District, a Test Between New and Old GOP Candidates - Roll Call". Roll Call. Retrieved July 24, 2020.
  19. ^ Lachlan Markay; Jackie Kucinich (September 12, 2018). "GOP Chief Shocked to Discover His Candidate's Crazy Remarks". The Daily Beast. Retrieved July 24, 2020.
  20. ^ "The Lugar Center - McCourt School Bipartisan Index House Scores 116th Congress First Session (2019)" (PDF). Georgetown University. Retrieved May 20, 2020.
  21. ^ "Tracking Congress In The Age Of Trump - Jim Hagedorn". ABC News. Retrieved May 20, 2020.
  22. ^ "Tracking Congress In The Age Of Trump". ABC News. Retrieved May 20, 2020.
  23. ^ Michael Brice-Saddler (June 24, 2020). "GOP lawmakers launch new attacks on Black Lives Matter protesters". Washington Post. Retrieved July 24, 2020.
  24. ^ Stolle, Matthew (July 26, 2020). "Hagedorn gets corporate blowback from BLM comments". Twin Cities Pioneer Press. Retrieved August 5, 2020.
  25. ^ "Intel Calls For Minnesota Rep. Hagedorn To Return Campaign Donation Following Black Lives Matter Criticsm". WCCO. July 23, 2020. Retrieved August 5, 2020.
  26. ^ "Rep. Hagedorn spent 40 percent of his 2020 budget in just 3 months - Caught Our Eye". Retrieved September 25, 2020.
  27. ^ Condon, Patrick; Bierschbach, Briana (August 26, 2020). "E-mails show U.S. Rep. Jim Hagedorn involved with constituent mail decisions". Star Tribune. Retrieved September 23, 2020.
  28. ^ Schneider, Gabe (August 25, 2020). "The other mail scandal: Rep. Jim Hagedorn's office spending problems, explained". MinnPost. MinnPost. Retrieved September 23, 2020.
  29. ^ "E-mails show U.S. Rep. Jim Hagedorn involved with constituent mail decisions". Star Tribune. Retrieved September 25, 2020.
  30. ^ Newhauser, Daniel; September 28, Minnesota Reformer; 2020 (September 28, 2020). "Minnesota GOP political ad man's side hustle as radio host could draw attention from regulators". Minnesota Reformer. Retrieved September 28, 2020.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
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  32. ^ "Results for U.S. Representative District 1, 2014". Minnesota Secretary of State. Retrieved November 3, 2019.
  33. ^ "Results for All Congressional Districts, 2014". Minnesota Secretary of State. Retrieved January 8, 2015.
  34. ^ "August 9, 2016 Primary Election Unofficial Results". Minnesota Secretary of State. August 9, 2016. Retrieved November 20, 2016.
  35. ^ "November 8, 2016 General Election Unofficial Results". Minnesota Secretary of State. November 8, 2016. Retrieved November 20, 2016.
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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Tim Walz
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Minnesota's 1st congressional district

U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Deb Haaland
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Josh Harder
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