Feehan announces congressional run against Hagedorn
MINNESOTA - Dan Feehan, an Iraq war veteran, former teacher and former Defense Department official, announced Tuesday he will seek a rematch with U.S. Rep. Jim Hagedorn in 2020. The Democrat lost by about 1,300 votes to Republican Hagedorn last year.
The race flipped the congressional seat representing the band of southern Minnesota stretching from the state's border with South Dakota to the border with Wisconsin from Democrat-held to Republican-held.
In a video announcing his second campaign, Feehan pledged to fight for the middle class. Feehan accused Hagedorn of siding with those corporate interests over his southern Minnesota constituents.
Feehan was born in St. Paul and grew up north of Rochester. After the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, he signed up for the Army ROTC and went on to serve as an active-duty soldier between 2005 and 2009. During that time, he completed two combat tours as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Feehan earned the Bronze Star for Service, the Army Commendation Medal with Valor and the Ranger Tab.
Following his time in the Army, Feehan taught middle school and went on to become an acting assistant secretary of defense. He lives in Mankato with his wife Amy and two sons.
Hagedorn has been a strong supporter of President Trump. He held a town hall meeting in southern Minnesota Monday where he acknowledged the trade battle with China is hurting the agriculture industry. He also said House Democrats are wasting their time with their impeachment inquiry of Trump.