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It is our sad duty to inform you that the Romeo Area Tea Party is dissolving. The original goal of the RATP was to inform and educate. No one can say that this goal was not accomplished. From that standpoint, it was a total success. From our humble beginnings of Jean Obrecht’s basement, to the Capital Banquet Center, to the immense capacity of The Palazzo Grande of Shelby Township, the RATP grew and prospered. Since its inception in 2010, the Romeo Area Tea Party has conducted more than 112 educational programs. Notable keynote speakers were brought in to enlighten us about issues, events, and the inner workings of our government both local and national. There was an excellent website kept up-to-date, and a Facebook page maintained, as well as, a free monthly movie night. This small town grassroots organization brought in some of the best and most timely, national speakers and gave us an opportunity to meet and speak with them. All of this was accomplished due to Jan, and her leadership committee, and all of the committee people who put forth their time, effort, and passion. There are many good people who worked hard on behalf of the RATPHowever, none of this would have been accomplished without you, the loyal folks, who filled the seats every month over the years. All of this was done for you. As you may or may not know, we struggled through the roadblocks to attain the IRS designation as a 501 (c)(4) organization. As a result, we must follow the rules governing an IRS sanction organization. Therefore, we are compelled to divest ourselves of all assets both monetary and physical. To this end, the funds collected for Jan’s memorial will be used to establish a scholarship fund to the Citizens for Traditional Values Student Statesmanship Institute, one of Jan’s favorite organizations. CTV has been a solid resource over the years for the RATP. Under the auspices of CTV, the Student Statesmanship Institute has been a powerful and life-transforming experience for high school students for over twenty years. More than 4,000 teens have participated in leadership simulations in the legislative, media, judicial, business and campaign arenas fulfilling the CTV mission to be informed and be a positive voice for change. The RATP checking account will be donated to Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, Michigan and the physical assets consisting mainly of the audio-visual equipment will be donated to Oakdale Academy, Waterford, Michigan, both worthy organizations. We thank you most sincerely for your loyal, steadfast support in attending our meetings and for your monetary contributions which enabled us to hold those meetings at our final venue, The Palazzo Grande with sufficient funds to cover our speakers fees, accommodations, and monthly bulk mail. Without a doubt, one of the most gratifying accomplishments of the RATP was all of us getting to know many new and wonderful people. While it is a sad undertaking to end this wonderful organization, it can also mean the beginning of new groups. It is our hope that someone else will pick up the challenge and carry on meetings of like-minded concerned citizens who gain strength and comfort from sharing information. It may be several small study groups, book clubs, or even another grand Taxed Enough Already Party. There are good people with experience who may want to lend support to new ideas.
May we say to you, to the Romeo Area Tea Party, and to Jan, Job Well Done!
God Bless you all, and God Bless America!

The Romeo Area Tea Party Presents:

Suzanne Anglewicz
Midwest Field Coordinator –
National Rifle Association (NRA)
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              When: Monday, July 13th, 2015

             Where: The Palazzo Grande
54660 Van Dyke, Shelby Twp., MI
(South of 25 Mile, east side of Van Dyke)

               Time: 7 p.m.

Suzanne Anglewicz currently works as the Midwest Field Coordinator for NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action covering Michigan, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. She also serves as a Staff Attorney for NRA-ILA and previously served as the Manager of Political & Legislative Activities and Legislative Counsel at NRA Headquarters.
Currently, she is working to develop and strengthen NRA’s political and legislative activities at the state level through the creation and implementation of NRA’s programs in support of the Second Amendment. In addition, she coordinates and conducts the Association’s legislative and election workshops, and represents the Association in various public speaking engagements. Suzanne also has extensive political experience working on various local, state, and federal campaigns nationwide.
Suzanne attended Michigan State University earning a Bachelor’s degree in Political Theory and Constitutional Democracy and has also received a J.D. from Thomas M. Cooley Law School. She is admitted to both the State of Illinois and Commonwealth of Virginia bars.
Suzanne is an avid shooter, hunter, and Lifetime member of The National Rifle Association, and has been an employee at NRA since December 2005.

Topics:
• History & Mission of the National Rifle Association
• Current Debate on Gun Control
• Federal & State Legislative Priorities
• Preparations for the 2016 Election Cycle

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Jan deBeauclair

Her voice, her leadership, and her strength will be sorely missed and poignantly remembered….

 

It is with deep sadness that we inform you of our dear friend’s passing. Janet (Jan) deBeauclair was an inspiration to all who had the good fortune to know her. She never missed an opportunity to fight for a meaningful cause or champion a worthwhile endeavor. In 2010, Jan and her friend Jean Obrecht formed the Romeo Area Tea Party to offer a platform to us, the people, to discuss issues, analyze policies, and hold accountable our government. Growing from that first meeting of 40 people in Jean’s basement, the Romeo Area Tea Party has had the honor of hosting distinguished speakers like Ben Carson, Brigitte Gabriel, and Colonel Allen West with over 1300 people in attendance. It was Jan’s kind nature and sense of justice that drew people to her and led them to believe they could be part of a bigger cause. Her unfaltering willingness to help others gave us hope and courage to take on the challenges that surfaced when representing such a large, important group of patriots. It is with heavy hearts that we attempt to say goodbye to our friend, but we know she’s with us every time we speak the truth, every time we vote our conscience, every time we stand up for the underdog, every time we pursue liberty. We will continue to emulate this courageous woman and to be inspired by her legacy. We are better for having known her, and we are proud to carry on in her name.

official obituary and service times below:
( link to the funeral home)

Janet E. deBeauclair, age 77, a 40 year resident of Romeo and formerly from Ohio, passed away on Sunday, May 3, 2015 at her home. Jan was born May 5, 1937 in Chardon, Ohio, the daughter of Robert and Anne (Buschman) Fenwick. She graduated from Bowling Green University with a degree in Physical Education. In 1965 she married Ralph deBeauclair and moved to Michigan. They started their family in the Grosse Pointe area and later moved to Romeo. Janet was active with the Romeo Athletic Department, serving as the girl’s volleyball, basketball, assistant girl’s track coach, and volleyball referee for many years. She also was instrumental in starting the women’s volleyball program in Romeo. She loved just being around people, especially her family and grandchildren. Jan was a co-founder of the Romeo Area Tea Party. Janet is survived by her husband Ralph, children: Randall (Colleen) of Pinckney, Robert of Howell, and Kymberly, a Major in the US Army, currently stationed at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Grandchildren include Tyler, Luke, and Zachary. Janet is also survived by two sisters: Sally (Bob) Richmond of Malta, Ohio and Judy Irvin of Wooster, Ohio. Memorial services will take place on Friday, May 15th, 2015 from 2- 7 PM at the Henry M. Malburg Funeral Home of Romeo. Donations to the Romeo Area Tea Party, the Special Olympics of Michigan, or Holt International, would be appreciated. There will be a celebration of Jan’s life on Saturday May 16th from 12:30PM to 3:30PM at The Palazzo Grande Banquet Center, 54660 Van Dyke Avenue, Shelby Township, MI 48315.

Visitation:
Friday, May 15, 2015 2 – 7 PM Malburg Funeral Home
11280 32 Mile Road Romeo Michigan 48065
Services:
Friday, May 15, 2015 7 PM at Malburg Funeral Home

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Join us for dinner on Mon May 11th 2015, with James Carafano. Doors open at 6PM. James will present a National Security & Foreign Policy Update

COST: $25

you can mail a check to Romeo Area Tea Party PO Box 88 Romeo MI 48065.    
You can also purchase tickets by credit card here

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James Carafano

Jim Carafano is a leading expert in national security and foreign policy challenges, is The Heritage Foundation’s Vice President, Foreign and Defense Policy Studies, E. W. Richardson Fellow, and Director of the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for International Studies.

Carafano is an accomplished historian and teacher as well as a prolific writer and researcher whose most recent book is “Wiki at War: Conflict in a Socially Networked World” (Texas A&M University Press, 2012), a survey of the revolutionary impact of the Internet age on national security. He was selected from thousands to speak on cyber warfare at the 2014 South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Conference in Austin, Texas, the nation’s premier tech and social media conference.

Before assuming responsibility for Heritage’s entire defense and foreign policy team in December 2012, Carafano had served as deputy director of the Davis Institute as well as director of its Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies since 2009.

His recent research has focused on developing the national security required to secure the long-term interests of the United States — protecting the public, providing for economic growth and preserving civil liberties. (Many of his writings for Heritage appear below.)

He is editor of a book series, The Changing Face of War, which examines how emerging political, social, economic and cultural trends will affect the nature of armed conflict. From 2012 to 2014, he served on the Homeland Security Advisory Council convened by the secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Carafano, a 25-year Army veteran with a master’s and doctorate from Georgetown University, joined Heritage in 2003 as a senior research fellow in homeland security and missile defense. He worked with Kim R. Holmes, his predecessor as vice president and director of Davis Institute, to produce Heritage’s groundbreaking documentary film “33 Minutes: Protecting America in the New Missile Age.”

Carafano now directs Heritage’s team of foreign and defense policy experts in four centers on the front lines of international affairs: the Allison Center, the Asian Studies Center, the Center for Trade and Economics and the Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom. The Davis Institute also includes the Washington Roundtable for the Asia-Pacific Press (WRAPP).

Carafano also is president of a nonprofit organization, Esprit de Corps, which educates the public about veteran affairs. In this capacity he co-produced and co-wrote the documentary “Veteran Nation,” an official selection of the 2013 G.I. Film Festival.

Before coming to Heritage, Carafano was a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, a Washington policy institute dedicated to defense issues.

In his Army career, Carafano rose to the rank of lieutenant colonel. He served in Europe, Korea and the United States. His assignments included head speechwriter for the Army Chief of Staff, the service’s highest-ranking officer. Before retiring, Carafano was executive editor of Joint Force Quarterly, the Defense Department’s premiere professional military journal.

A graduate of West Point, Carafano holds a master’s degree and a doctorate from Georgetown University as well as a master’s degree in strategy from the U.S. Army War College.

He is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and the Institute of World Politics and has served as a visiting professor at National Defense University. He previously served as an assistant professor at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., and as director of military studies at the Army’s Center of Military History. He taught at Mount Saint Mary College in New York and was a fleet professor at the U.S. Naval War College.

He is the co-author with Paul Rosenzweig of Winning the Long War: Lessons from the Cold War for Defeating Terrorism and Preserving Freedom (2005). The authors, first to coin the term “the long war,” argued that a successful strategy requires a balance of prudent military and security measures, continued economic growth, zealous protection of civil liberties and prevailing in the “war of ideas” against terrorist ideologies.

Carafano also co-authored a textbook, Homeland Security (McGraw-Hill, second edition 2012), designed as a practical introduction to everyday life in the era of terrorism. The textbook addresses such key details as the roles of first responders and volunteers, family preparedness techniques and in-depth looks at weapons of mass destruction.

As an expert on foreign affairs, defense, intelligence and homeland security issues, Carafano has testified many times before Congress.

He is a regular guest analyst for the major U.S. network and cable television news organizations, from ABC to Fox to MSNBC to PBS, as well as such outlets as National Public Radio, Pajamas TV, Voice of America and the History Channel. From SkyNews to Al Jazeera, he also has appeared on TV news programs originating in Australia, Austria, Canada, China, Estonia, France, Great Britain, Greece, Hong Kong, Ireland, Iran, Japan, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sweden and Vietnam.

Carafano’s op-ed columns and commentary are published widely, including the Baltimore Sun, Boston Globe, New York Post, Philadelphia Inquirer, USA Today and Washington Times in addition to the Washington Examiner.

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When: Wednesday March 18th @ 7PM
Where: Washington Township Hall/Senior Center 

57900 Van Dyke, Washington Twp.

****This event is free and open to the public****

Take Back your power 

Take Back Your Power

The award-winning documentary Take Back Your Power uncovers the shocking story behind why hundreds of local governments are standing against the multi-billion dollar rollout of ‘smart’ utility meters. Take a journey of revelation, examining evidence of in-home privacy invasions, systemic over-billing, extortion, health & environmental harm, fires and unprecedented hacking vulnerability. And be inspired by emerging solutions. With compelling insight from whistleblowers, government agents, lawyers, doctors, researchers and environmentalists, Take Back Your Power investigates the claimed benefits and emerging risks of a profit-based global initiative that seeks to change the way we live. What you’ll discover will surprise, unsettle and ultimately empower you.    http://www.takebackyourpower.net

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by Rob Bluey /

The Daily Signal made its CPAC debut this year, closely following the 2016 contenders and hot policy debates at America’s largest conservative conference. We’ve pulled together a quick take on the highlights of the first day.

1) Scott Walker Casts Himself as Champion of ‘Hard-Working Taxpayers’

The Wisconsin governor arrived at CPAC as the early 2016 frontrunner in Iowa, home to the much-anticipated Republican caucus next year. His speech, which came at the end of day one, drove home an economic message, touching on issues such as taxes and jobs that have played a big role in his three electoral victories in the Badger State.

During his speech, Walker found himself heckled by a member of the audience—an experience he’s endured on more than one occasion in Wisconsin. Winning applause from the crowd, he declared, “those voices can’t drown out the voices of hard-working taxpayers.”

Gov. Scott Walker, R-Wis., at CPAC. (Photo: Mike Theiler/EPA/Newscom)

2) Ted Cruz Criticizes GOP Leadership for ‘Cutting a Deal’ with Democrats on Immigration

With a deadline fast approaching to fund the Department of Homeland Security, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, showed no signs of compromising with Democrats. Conservatives, including Cruz, want to undo President Obama’s executive actions on immigration as part of the funding bill, which the Senate will vote on again Friday.

Before his speech, The Daily Signal joined a handful of journalists for a sit-down interview with Cruz. Here’s what he told us about the state of play:

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by  Kate Scanlon

Since President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act on March 23, 2010, supporters have called the legislation “the law of the land,” and the president says the health care debate is “over.”

But in a new book, one journalist points out that laws can change.

In “Overcoming Obamacare: Three Approaches to Reversing the Government Takeover of Health Care,” released Monday, author Philip Klein argues that the president’s signature law must be repealed. But repeal alone is not enough, Klein says. Opponents of Obamacare must come to agreement on an alternative.

Solely repealing the law still leaves Americans with a “broken health care system,” according to Klein.

Obamacare’s supporters often claim conservatives propose no alternative. The truth, Klein argues, is that so many plans and points of view have been offered from the right that they’ve failed to agree on just one.

“Many of the differences among the competing proposals within the right-of-center health care policy community are [rooted] in a principled disagreement over what the appropriate role is for government in the first place,” writes Klein.

In “Overcoming Obamacare,” Klein conducts an analysis of Obamacare alternatives based on his years covering the health care debate as a reporter for the Washington Examiner.

“[C]ontrary to what Obama likes to argue, the health care debate is not ‘over,’” writes Klein.

Klein says that objections to Obamacare can be separated into three separate schools of thought:

1) The Reform School: made up of people who believe that repealing Obamacare is “unrealistic,” but seek ways to guide the legislation in “a more market-oriented direction.”

2) The Replace School: comprised of people who believe that a full repeal of the law is a “necessity,” but only if an alternative is presented that can make health insurance widely affordable and available.

3) The Restart School: those who believe in fully repealing Obamacare, then using the resulting “clean slate” to allow the free market to bring down costs.

“Not every proposal explored in this book would require a full repeal of the law,” writes Klein. “But all of them, in some way, seek to reverse America’s current trajectory toward a government takeover of health care and instead push the system in a more market-oriented direction.”

Nina Owcharenko, director of the Center for Health Policy Studies at The Heritage Foundation, contributed to the book. She says Klein’s work brings to light new ideas to fix the American health care system:

“Klein does a nice job identifying the alternative approaches to the Affordable Care Act and I believe showcases that these alternatives offer Americans a better health care system than we have today,” Owcharenko tells The Daily Signal.

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 By Melissa Quinn & Kelsey Harkness

The incoming wave of Republicans who will shake up Washington’s political landscape includes some tea party candidates who promise to promote an agenda based on conservative principles such as limited government, traditional American values and a strong national defense.

For those who’d like to get to know these fresh faces, The Daily Signal created a roundup of the newest tea party favorites in the House and Senate.

Senate:

Ben Sasse, Nebraska

Bio: Sasse, 42, currently serves as president of Midland University in Fremont, Neb. Sasse and his wife, Melissa, have been married for 19 years and homeschool their three daughters, Elizabeth, Alexandra and Breck. He is a native of Plainview, Neb.

What the tea party likes:  Sasse has spoken out extensively about repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, which his daughters say he “despises.” During his Senate campaign, he championed limited government and said he would push for entitlement reform. A favored reform:  tying the retirement age to life expectancy. He also supports school choice for parents and their children.

 

Tom Cotton, Arkansas
Bio: Cotton, 37, served one term representing the southwestern part of Arkansas in the House before making his successful bid for Senate against incumbent Democrat Mark Pryor on themes of restoring the principles of limited government and ending corporate cronyism.Cotton was born in Dardanelle, Ark., and previously worked as a consultant for McKinsey and Co.  As an Army captain, he served in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Cotton married girlfriend Anna Peckham in March, and the two announced in October that they’re expecting a baby boy.What the tea party likes: Cotton advocates a robust national defense, called the Iraq War “just and noble” and criticized President Obama for drawing a red line in Syria over chemical weapons. Cotton voted against the Farm Bill because of the inclusion of the ever-growing food stamp program. He is a staunch opponent of the Affordable Care Act, hitting Pryor on Obamacare throughout the campaign. On immigration reform, Cotton calls for enforcing laws currently on the books and strengthening border security.

House:

Barry Loudermilk, Georgia

Bio: Loudermilk, 50, is an Air Force veteran, small business owner and conservative pioneer in Georgia’s 11 Congressional District, which is northern Atlanta.

He met his wife, Desiree, 30 years ago when they both served in a church bus ministry in Anchorage, Alaska. They now have three grown children and one daughter-in-law.

The Loudermilk family is active in the Civil Air Patrol, providing search-and-rescue, disaster relief and other emergency services throughout Georgia.

What the tea party likes:  As  a conservative leader in the Georgia House and State Senate, Loudermilk worked to improve government transparency and reduce the size of government.

He emphasizes personal privacy, limited government and lower taxes.

His top campaign issues included defunding and fully repealing Obamacare, implementing a fair or flat tax, and advocating traditional family values. He spoke out against President Obama’s plan to use executive power to unilaterally allow millions of illegal immigrants to remain in the U.S. and move toward citizenship.

John Ratcliffe, Texas

Bio: Ratcliffe, 49, who served eight years as mayor of Heath, Texas, will become the congressman from the 4th District in the northeastern part of the state. He regards one of his biggest accomplishments to be balancing Heath’s budget without raising taxes during the recession.

Ratcliffe was a U.S. attorney and chief of anti-terrorism and national security for the Eastern District of Texas under President George W. Bush.

He is the youngest of six children born to two schoolteachers. Ratcliffe has been married to wife Michele for 23 years. They have two daughters.

What the tea party likes:

Billed as a reform-minded leader, Ratcliffe also gets credit for old-fashioned understanding of the importance of  balancing a budget.  During the campaign, he promised to repeal and replace Obamacare, secure U.S. borders, and oppose amnesty for illegal immigrants.

David Brat, Virginia

Bio: Brat, 49, became famous overnight for toppling House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in District 7’s primary election June 11. An economics professor at Randolph–Macon College, he is a Catholic. Over the years,  he served Virginia in various capacities as an economic adviser.

Brat touts his upbringing in the rural Midwest as the basis for his conservative values. He and his wife, Laura, have two children — Jonathan, 15, and Sophia, 11.

What the tea party likes: Voters in central Virginia rallied around Brat’s clear message: “Let’s get our economy back on track, end the reckless spending, secure the border and repeal Obamacare.”

Alex Mooney, West Virginia

Bio: Mooney, 43, is the son of a Cuban refugee and a Vietnam veteran. His election in the 2nd District gave the GOP all three of West Virginia’s House seats. Mooney served in the Maryland State Senate from 1999 to 2011, representing Frederick and Washington counties. He also is a former chairman of the Maryland Republican Party.

Mooney and his wife, Grace, decided to leave heavily Democratic Maryland and move across the Potomac River to raise their family in West Virginia. They homeschool their two children in Charles Town and welcomed their third child in October.

What the tea party likes: Although Mooney was criticized for being a Maryland transplant, he made inroads with voters in West Virginia’s capital city of Charleston by emphasizing the need to cut government spending and reduce taxes and advocating Second Amendment rights and pro-life family values.

Gary Palmer, Alabama

Bio: Palmer, 60, won central Alabama’s 6th District with 66 percent of the vote, easily defeating Democrat opponent Mark Lester. Palmer previously served as head of the Alabama Policy Institute, a conservative think tank in the southern part of the state.

Palmer is a graduate of the University of Alabama and received an honorary doctorate from the University of Mobile. He and his wife, Ann, are Presbyterians and have three children.

What the tea party likes: Given his background as president and CEO of the Alabama Policy Institute, most voters knew what they would get by electing Palmer.  He campaigned on “sound public policies that emphasize a limited government, free markets, the rule of law and strong families.” He wasn’t shy in saying he is for “repealing and replacing” the Affordable Care Act with a national health care policy that allows Americans to buy the health insurance of their choice.

Jody Hice, Georgia

Bio: A radio show host turned politician, Jody Hice, 54, captured the attention of eastern Georgia’s 10th Congressional District this year with a call to “renew America.” A Southern Baptist pastor, he got his undergraduate degree from Asbury College and received his doctorate from Luther Rice.

A Georgia native, Hice has served churches in Barrow, Gwinnett and Walton counties for nearly 25 years. He and Dee Dee, his wife of nearly 30 years, live in Walton County. They  have two adult daughters and three grandchildren.

What the tea party likes: Hice advocates religious freedom and conservative social principles. He campaigned on energy independence, reining in government spending, improving the the economy and the job picture, and maintaining a strong national defense. He also wants to repeal and replace Obamacare.

Glenn Grothman, Wisconsin

Bio: Grothman, 59, is a lawyer born and raised in the Badger State.  He defeated Democratic opponent Mark Harris to take the 6th District seat.

Grothman is assistant majority leader of the Wisconsin Senate, representing the 20th District since 2004. Before that, he represented the West Bend area in the state Assembly.

He got his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School. He never has married and has no children.

What the tea party likes: Grothman focused his campaign on budget and tax reform, education and traditional values.

Ken Buck, Colorado

Bio: Buck, 55, elected to represent the 11th District, isn’t known for shying away from hard work and conservative principles. He worked his way through high school, college and law school in a variety of jobs. He spent the past 10 years serving as district attorney of Weld County, Colo., assembling what he considers a strong record of criminal prosecution and crime prevention.

For Buck, conservative politics is a family affair. His wife, Perry, is vice chairman of the Colorado Republican Party and is a representative in the Colorado House. They have two children, Cody and Kaitlin.

What the tea party likes: During his campaign, Buck advocated a balanced budget amendment, limited government and reduced federal spending.

 Tom Emmer, Minnesota

Bio: From Edina, Minn., Emmer, 53, has a resume that includes founding his own law firm and serving six years in the Minnesota House of Representatives. He made a bid for the governorship in 2010, but ultimately fell one-half of 1 percent short of the win.

After his race for governor, Emmer began hosting a conservative talk radio show in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. He says he first entered politics because of family. He and his wife, Jacquie, have seven children: six boys and a girl.

What the tea party likes: Emmer won the 6th District seat vacated by Rep. Michele Bachmann, leader of the House’s tea party leader caucus. He pledged to bring home federal dollars to fix his district’s roads.

In the state legislature, Emmer sponsored an amendment to nullify state laws and supported a change to the Minnesota state constitution to confirm that marriage is the union of one man and one woman. He advocated for a balanced budget during his campaigns for the governorship and House, and questioned lawmakers’ willingness to vote for bills they haven’t read.