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The Sleepy Eye Herald Dispatch - Sleepy Eye, MN
  • Hagedorn announces bid for Congress

  • Blue Earth resident Jim Hagedorn recently announced his candidacy for U.S. Congress in Minnesota’s First Congressional District. Hagedorn will be seeking Republican endorsement to challenge fourth-term Democrat Tim Walz.
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  • Blue Earth resident Jim Hagedorn recently announced his candidacy for U.S. Congress in Minnesota’s First Congressional District. Hagedorn will be seeking Republican endorsement to challenge fourth-term Democrat Tim Walz.
     
    A native of Blue Earth, Jim worked with his dad and grandfather on the family’s grain and hog farm located just outside Truman. In 1974, Jim’s father, Tom, was elected to Congress to represent Southern Minnesota, which he served until 1983.
     
    “Living on the farm and being part of our rural communities ingrained in me the small town values that have sustained me throughout life,” Hagedorn said.
    Hagedorn graduated from George Mason University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Government and Politics and served as the legislative assistant to former Congressman Arlan Stangeland. Hagedorn successfully managed the Congressman’s legislative agenda, including stewardship of a bipartisan “workfare” bill that required able-bodied welfare recipients to work for benefits. This bill was conceptually enacted into law shortly after Republicans won control of the House of Representatives in 1994.
     
    From 1991 to 1998, Jim served as the Director for Legislative and Public Affairs for the Financial Management Service, the U.S. Department of the Treasury agency responsible for the management of more than $2 trillion in federal funds. Hagedorn utilized his position as the agency’s congressional liaison to enact the “Mandatory Electronic Funds Transfer Act of 1995,” a measure that saves taxpayers more than $100 million each year by requiring the use of electronic funds transfer/direct deposit rather than expensive paper checks to disburse hundreds of millions of federal payments. This measure also led to the closure of three check-writing offices and the elimination of excessive bureaucratic jobs.
     
    Hagedorn also served as Congressional Affairs Officer for the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, the Department of the Treasury agency that manufactures U.S. paper currency and other security documents. In 2005, bringing together members of Congress, interested parties and unions, Hagedorn worked to thwart a Bush administration policy to merge the nation’s coin and currency agencies. Hagedorn’s efforts, performed at great risk of career, helped save taxpayers upwards of $500 million.
    Visit the Hagedorn for Congress website at www.jimhagedorn.org.
     
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