Keith Ellison

Congressman Keith Ellison is currently serving his fourth term as the representative for Minnesota’s Fifth Congressional District. His policy agenda is based on four key priorities—peace, prosperity for working families, environmental sustainability, and support for civil and human rights. His roots as a community organizer shows in his commitment to inclusivity and participation in the democratic process whether on the local or national level.

Betty McCollum

Congresswoman Betty McCollum is a proud DFLer serving her seventh term in Congress representing the families of Minnesota’s 4th Congressional District. Betty has been an outspoken voice for economic opportunity, social justice and fiscal responsibility. She is a proud defender of teachers, seniors, and the middle class.

Tim Walz

The son of a public school administrator and community activist, Congressman Tim Walz spent his childhood summers farming with his extended family. As a Sergeant Major in the U.S. Army National Guard, Walz is the highest ranking enlisted soldier to ever serve in Congress. He is a passionate advocate for veterans and the author of the Traumatic Brain Injuries Center Act. Tim is a strong supporter of LGBT rights, reproductive rights, and the needs of farmers.

Duluth News Tribune: Our view: Applause for efforts to ease pain at pump

With gas prices sprinting toward $4 a gallon — and probably going higher — Minnesota’s U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar got to wondering: Can we limit excessive price speculation in the oil markets like we attempted in 2008, the last time gas prices spiked? Congress responded then with measures to rein in the sort of speculating by hedge funds, investment banks and other financial entities that artificially and unfairly inflates gas prices.

Yesterday, at a busy gas station in Minneapolis, Klobuchar answered that question: Yes, we can. Or, at least we can try. She announced a letter she sent to the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission urging immediate action.

Deseret News: Berkley stresses education, infrastructure, energy

Rep. Shelley Berkley said “jobs, jobs, jobs” is her top priority in Congress and that creating them will take investments in education, infrastructure and renewable energy.

“These are not easy times and you are doing amazing work in a short period of time,” Berkley, D-Nev., said Wednesday during an address to a joint session of the Nevada Legislature, where she served in the Assembly 28 years ago.

NPR: Rep. Tim Walz Vows A Hard Vote On The Debt Ceiling

When it comes to the debt ceiling, most lawmakers would rather take a salary cut than vote to raise it. But Democratic Rep. Tim Walz of Minnesota is not one of them. True, he’s among the dozen House Democrats the GOP considers most beatable next year. Walz is back in his swing district trying to keep his balance, and NPR’s David Welna travels with him.

Billings Gazette: Tester says U.S. agriculture policy, genetically modified crops hurt family farms

Misguided federal farm policies and genetically modified crops are undermining family farm security, Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., said at a high-profile food conference Wednesday in Washington, D.C.

Sharing a Georgetown University stage with Prince Charles and “Fast Food Nation” author Eric Schlosser, Tester told the audience that federal farm programs favoring some crops over others had undermined farm diversity. Those policies, along with an ever-shrinking group of buyers for farm products were making it harder for family farms to get by, he said.

Columbus Dispatch: Brown: No Free Trade Agreements Until Congress Extends Trade Adjustment Assistance

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown and 40 other senators weighed in on a dispute over pending trade agreements between President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans Monday. They sent a letter to Obama urging him not to submit free trade agreements to Congress until it completes a long-term extension of Trade Adjustment Assistance.

Portsmouth Daily Times: Brown signs anti-SB 5 referendum

In a news release from the Ohio Democratic Party, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, says he has signed the petition calling for a referendum against the law produced by the passage of Senate Bill 5, which restricts collective bargaining by Ohio’s public employees. McCaskill praises transparency after first open defense markup since 1980s

They talked about what to do with historic tanks and rusting guns, not exactly state secrets that need to be kept from the public eye.

But Sen. Claire McCaskill was pleased this afternoon that for the first time in 15 years, the proceedings of a Senate Armed Services panel’s fine-tuning of legislation was open to the public and press.