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Kittleson announces U.S. House run

On Nov. 17, Roger Kittelson of Goodhue announced his candidacy for the U.S. House of Representatives in Minnesota’s Second Congressional District. He is seeking the endorsement of the Democratic Farmer Labor party in his bid to fill the seat that is being vacated by Congressman John Kline.

Kittelson’s political background includes two state internships and one Congressional internship when he was a student at the University of Minnesota. He was the Democratic Farmer Labor endorsed candidate in Goodhue County in 1982 running against incumbent Steve Sviggum. Roger Kittelson was the DFL-endorsed candidate in a run for U.S. Congress in Wisconsin’s Sixth Congressional District in 2008. During that race, he won a primary challenge by a fellow Democrat.

His education includes a Masters Degree from the University of Minnesota with emphasis in agricultural economics and statistics, and a Bachelor of Science with a double major in agricultural economics and political science, also from the University of Minnesota. His professional career includes two years in rural banking and 33 years in the dairy industry, nine years with USDA and 24 years with various cooperative and private dairy companies.

Kittelson is the father of four adult children and one grandchild. Two are in Minneapolis and going to college full time and working part time, one is done with college and working full time for a Minneapolis construction company and he is in the Labor Union 563, and the eldest is done with college, working full time and married to his high school sweetheart. They are raising their 2-year-old son.

During the past two months, Kittelson has been meeting with various Democratic Farmer Labor groups, labor representatives and family business owners and decided to get into the Congressional race due to his and their strong interests in protecting our senior citizens, urban and rural family businesses, and workers from unfair trade deals. He also supports a single payer health care system to provide better health care at lower costs to all of our residents.