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. The district covers much of the southern third of the state and includes Rochester, Austin and Mankato.
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Minnesota's 1st district
|Assumed office |
January 3, 2019
|Preceded by||Tim Walz|
James Lee Hagedorn
August 4, 1962
Blue Earth, Minnesota, U.S.
|Relatives||Tom Hagedorn (father)|
|Education||George Mason University (BA)|
Early life and education
Hagedorn was born in Blue Earth, Minnesota in 1962, the son of former United States Representative Tom Hagedorn and Kathleen (née Mittlestadt). He was raised between family farm near Truman, Minnesota and Washington D.C., while his father served in Congress from 1975 to 1983. Hagedorn attended George Mason University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1993.
Following college, Hagedorn served as a legislative assistant to Minnesota Congressman Arlan Stangeland.
Hagedorn 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.
U.S. House of Representatives
2018 general election
He previously ran for the 1st congressional district seat in the 2014 and 2016 elections, losing to incumbent Tim Walz on both occasions. In the 2018 elections, with Walz giving up the seat to make a successful run for Governor of Minnesota, Hagedorn defeated Daniel Feehan.
|Democratic–Farmer–Labor||Tim Walz (incumbent)||122,851||54.2|
|Democratic–Farmer–Labor||Tim Walz (incumbent)||169,074||50.3|
|Republican gain from Democratic–Farmer–Labor|
Between 2002 and 2012, Hagedorn published a blog titled "Mr. Conservative" where he had a history of controversial articles and statements, including birtherism, sexist insults, derogatory reference to a wheelchair-bound veteran, and joking about the death of a political opponent. He issued a "sincere and heartfelt apology" during his 2014 campaign. During the 2018 campaign, representatives of the National Republican Congressional Committee claimed no knowledge of this history, and later characterized the material as "inappropriate".
While never expressing any explicit animosity to Jews, Hagedorn has however been criticized for using antisemitic tropes. In 2018, the National Republican Congressional Committee ran an advertisement accusing Hagedorn's opponent, Dan Feehan, as well as Colin Kaepernick and “left-wing mobs paid to riot in the streets”, of being "owned" by Jewish philanthropist George Soros. In 2008, Hagedorn wrote (approvingly) in his blog that former Democratic Senator Joe Lieberman supported the Iraq War because he is Jewish.
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- "Results for U.S. Representative District 1, 2014". Minnesota Secretary of State. Retrieved November 3, 2019.
- "Results for All Congressional Districts, 2014". Minnesota Secretary of State. Retrieved January 8, 2015.
- "August 9, 2016 Primary Election Unofficial Results". Minnesota Secretary of State. August 9, 2016. Retrieved November 20, 2016.
- "November 8, 2016 General Election Unofficial Results". Minnesota Secretary of State. November 8, 2016. Retrieved November 20, 2016.
- Pink, Aiden. "Republican Candidate: Joe Lieberman Only Supported Iraq War Because He's Jewish". Forward. Retrieved August 23, 2019.
- Markay, Lachlan. "GOP Chief Shocked to Discover His Candidate Jim Hagedorn's Crazy Remarks". The Daily Beast. Retrieved August 23, 2019.
- "Hagedorn Wins GOP Nomination for Toss-Up Minnesota Race". Roll Call. Retrieved August 23, 2019.
- Schraub, David (August 14, 2019). "Pro-Israel positions don't excuse anti-Semitism in America". Jewish Telegraphic Agency. Retrieved August 23, 2019.
- Derysh, Igor (October 20, 2018). "GOP accused of anti-Semitism after attack ad claims Democrat is "owned" by George Soros". Salon. Retrieved August 23, 2019.
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Profile at Vote Smart
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Legislation sponsored at the Library of Congress
|U.S. House of Representatives|
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Minnesota's 1st congressional district
|U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)|
| United States Representatives by seniority