Education: Saint Johnís U., attended 1962-64; U. of Minnesota, B.A. 1966 (political science); St. Cloud State U., attended 1969; U. of Maryland, attended 1967
Career: Real estate broker; sawmill owner; business consultant; state export official; export management company owner; catalog sales company executive; teacher; congressional aide
Political highlights: Minn. House, 1969-73; Democratic nominee for U.S. House, 1972; U.S. House, 1975-81
Rick Nolan, D-Minn. (8th District)
Nolan returns to the House three decades after he last served in the chamber. Heíll offer Democratic leaders a reliable vote and will sit squarely in the center-left core of the caucus on most issues.
Nolanís policy platform is a solid mix of populist and progressive ideology. Heís been sharply critical of large corporations and wants to do more to help middle-class Americans, who he says have been left out in the cold.
ìThey donít need more tax cuts,î Nolan said of ìnon-taxpaying multinational corporations.î Instead, he wants to use government to create jobs with infrastructure projects and spend on infrastructure and mass transit.
Heíd also like to undo the George W. Bush-era tax cuts for the highest-earning Americans and eliminate what he calls tax preferences and trade incentives for companies to ship jobs overseas.
Raising revenue with those tax changes would help pay for his job creation plans, Nolan says.
ìRight now, the rich are getting richer ... and the middle class is being eliminated,î he says.
Nolan is a staunch defender of Social Security and Medicare, and he has vowed to oppose any plan that undermines the ìinter-generational compactsî that underlie the two entitlement programs.
Nolanís victory also means the 8th District will once again be in the hands of Democrats, who have regained a seat held by James L. Oberstar until he was swept away by the tea party groundswell in 2010.
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Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.