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Doc Hastings
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Washington's 4th district
In office
January 3, 1995 – January 3, 2015
Preceded byJay Inslee
Succeeded byDan Newhouse
Chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee
In office
January 3, 2011 – January 3, 2015
Preceded byNick Rahall
Succeeded byRob Bishop
Chairman of the House Ethics Committee
In office
January 3, 2005 – January 3, 2007
Preceded byJoel Hefley
Succeeded byStephanie Tubbs Jones
Member of the Washington House of Representatives
from the 16th district
In office
January 8, 1979 – January 3, 1987
Preceded byCharles Kilbury
Succeeded byBill Grant
Personal details
BornRichard Norman Hastings
(1941-02-07) February 7, 1941 (age 77)
Spokane, Washington, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Claire Hastings
Children3
Alma materColumbia Basin College
Central Washington University
Military service
Allegiance United States
Service/branchUnited States Army Reserve
Years of service1963–1969
RankSpecialist 4

Richard Norman "Doc" Hastings (born February 7, 1941) is an American politician and member of the Republican Party who served as the U.S. Representative for Washington's 4th congressional district from 1995 until his retirement in 2015. The district includes much of central Washington including the Tri-Cities, Yakima, and Moses Lake. The most conservative Republican in Washington's Congressional delegation,[1][2] he chaired the House Committee on Ethics from 2005 to 2007 and chaired the House Committee on Natural Resources from 2011 to his leaving office.

In February 2014, Hastings announced that he would not run for re-election in 2014.[3]

Early life, education, and business career[edit]

Richard Norman Hastings was born in Spokane, Washington to Ivan and Florene Hastings; he is of part Norwegian ancestry on the maternal side of his family.[4][5] He served in the United States Army Reserve from 1964 to 1969.[6]

He studied business administration at Columbia Basin College and Central Washington State College, but did not graduate from either. He was named Columbia Basin Alumni of the Year in 2001.[7] He returned to Central Washington as commencement speaker in 2008.[8]

Before being elected to Congress, Hastings ran his family-owned small business, Columbia Basin Paper and Supply. He was an active member of the PascoChamber of Commerce, the Pasco/Kennewick Rotary Club, the Pasco Downtown Development Association, and the Pasco Jaycees. He served on the Board of Directors of Yakima Federal Savings.[citation needed]

Washington House of Representatives[edit]

Elections[edit]

In 1978, Hastings ran for Washington's 16th House District (seat 2). He defeated incumbent Democratic State Representative Charles Kilbury 62%–38%.[9] In 1980, he won re-election to a second term, defeating Democrat Dorothy Miller 70%–30%.[10] In 1982, he was re-elected to a third term against Democrat Sandy Dodd by 55%–45%.[11] In 1984, he won re-election to a fourth term, defeating Democrat Bill Grant 52%–48%.[12]

Tenure[edit]

Hastings served in the Washington House of Representatives from 1979 to 1987, where he was selected by his colleagues to be Assistant Majority Leader and Republican Caucus Chairman. In 1983, he challenged the constitutionality of the state's 1.1% sales tax hike.[13] He voluntarily left the Legislature, claiming family reasons.[14]

Committee assignments[edit]

He served on the House Tax Advisory Committee.

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

Elections[edit]

Incumbent Republican Sid Morrison, of Washington's 4th congressional district, decided to retire in 1992 in order to run for Governor of Washington. Hastings ran, but lost in the general election to Democratic State Representative Jay Inslee, 51%–49%.[15] Although Hastings carried the Tri-Cities, he lost the rest of the district. He won three (Benton, Franklin, and Adams) of the district's ten counties.[15]

Hastings sought a rematch against Inslee in 1994, and defeated him, 53%–47%, winning eight of the district's ten counties.[16] In 1996, he was re-elected to a second term, defeating Democrat Rick Locke 53%–47%.[17] He never faced another contest anywhere near that close, and was reelected eight more times with at least 60% of the vote.[18][19][20][21][22][23][24][25]

Tenure[edit]

Political positions

"Top priorities must be creating jobs, getting our economy back on track, and stopping reckless spending that has left our nation with the largest deficit in history," wrote Hastings in response to Project Vote Smart.[26] The Seattle Post-Intelligencer considers Hastings to be a "down-the-line supporter of the House Republican leadership".[2]

Hastings has served as Chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources since January 2011 and is a proponent of increasing domestic production of oil and gas, including drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. In November 2010 he said that "Promoting new domestic energy production, including in the Arctic, will be a priority" for the Committee.[27]

Interest group ratings

Hastings has a lifetime score of 3% from the League of Conservation Voters.[28]

Hastings is rated as one of the most pro-business representatives in Congress, according to the United States Chamber of Commerce which gives Hastings a score of 94 out of 100 based on his 16-year voting record.[29] The 501(c)4 organization Club for Growth gave Hastings a grade of 94 out of 100.[30]

The National Taxpayers Union gives Hastings a grade of A.[31] Hastings has been given an 'A' grade by Liz Cheney's Keep America Safe PAC[32] He earned a 95.15% lifetime rating, as of 2010, from the American Conservative Union.[33]

Hastings is pro-life, demonstrated by consistent ratings of 100% from the National Right to Life Committee. He has received mixed ratings from some national agricultural groups. For 2009–2010 the American Farm Bureau Federation gave Representative Hastings a 66% rating.[26] His rating from the National Association of Wheat Growers was 25 percent in 2008.[26]

In 2009 and 2010, he received grades of "D" and "F" from the teachers union-affiliated National Education Association, and 0% from the American Association of University Women. In 2009–10, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America gave Hastings a grade of "D".[26]

Controversies

Hastings was instrumental in 2002 in building the case that led to the expulsion of Congressman James Traficant (D-OH) from the United States Congress. As Chairman of the Investigative Subcommittee of the United States House Committee on Ethics, Hastings was tasked with reviewing the file from Traficant's trial and other material to determine if there had been a violation of House rules. Hastings said on the floor of the House, "After considering all of the evidence, I concluded that Mr. Traficant's offenses were so serious and so purposeful that expulsion from the House is the only appropriate sanction". The measure to remove Traficant from the House passed 420-1.[34]

In 1996, lobbyist Jack Abramoff and his firm had as many as 36 contacts with Hasting's office, resulting in as many as 85.57 billed hours regarding the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.[35] Abramoff bragged to the CNMI of having "excellent" ties to Hastings.[36] Hastings' 2004 campaign had received $1,000 from Abramoff personally and an additional $5,647 from Abramoff's lobbying firm, which was also one of the largest law firms in the State of Washington, Preston Gates. Preston Gates, Microsoft's law and lobbying firm, also contributed to Washington Democrats during that cycle, including to Seattle's Jim McDermott.[37]

Following Hastings' work that led to Traficant's removal from the House, he was named to the Chairmanship of the United States House Committee on Ethics. Soon after being named Chairman, two senior staff members for the committee were fired, and Hastings attempted to place his office Chief of Staff, Ed Cassidy, onto the Ethics Committee staff. Democrats cast this a partisan move, while Republicans pointed out that such a change in staff is the norm with the naming of a new committee chairman. Hastings came under fire during his chairmanship of the Ethics Committee, due to claims by Democrats of inaction regarding then-House Majority Leader Tom DeLay. By rule, the House Ethics Committee's work, votes, and investigative findings are kept strictly confidential.[38]

In 2008, Hastings, by now the ranking member of the Ethics Committee, pushed the investigation of Charlie Rangel.[39] A four-person investigative subcommittee was formed with Hastings as co-chair. The subcommittee's subsequent report led to Rangel's loss of the chairmanship of the powerful Ways and Means Committee and censure by the House in 2010.

Committee assignments[edit]

Hastings chaired the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct, also known as the House Ethics Committee from 2005–2007,(109th United States Congress)replacing outgoing chair Joel Hefley. He switched to ranking member 2007–2009 when the Democrats won the majority for the 110th United States Congress.[citation needed]

Caucus memberships[edit]

  • House Nuclear Clean-Up Caucus (Chairman and founder)
  • Northwest Energy Caucus (Co-chair)
  • Rural Health Care Coalition
  • Specialty Crop Caucus
  • Hastings is the senior Republican in Congress from the Pacific Northwest.

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Personal life[edit]

In 1967, Hastings married his wife, Claire, in Sacramento, California; the couple has three children: Kirsten, Petrina, and Colin.

Electoral history[edit]

YearDemocratVotesPctRepublicanVotesPct3rd partyPartyVotesPct
1992Jay Inslee106,55651%Richard Hastings103,02849%
1994Jay Inslee81,19847%Richard Hastings92,82853%
1996Rick Locke96,50247%Richard Hastings108,64753%
1998Gordon Allen Pross43,04324%Richard Hastings121,68469%Peggy S. McKerlieReform11,3636%
2000Jim Davis87,58537%Richard Hastings143,25961%Fred D. KraussLibertarian4,2602%
2002Craig Mason53,57233%Richard Hastings108,25767%
2004Sandy Matheson92,48637%Richard Hastings154,62763%
2006Richard Wright77,05440%Richard Hastings115,24660%
2008George Fearing99,43037%Richard Hastings169,94063%
2010Jay Clough69,51232%Richard Hastings145,31768%

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^"What's Up Doc?: Washington's Most Conservative Congressman Bids Farewell". Seattle Weekly. February 13, 2014. Retrieved February 13, 2014. 
  2. ^ ab"Rep. Doc Hastings, state's most conservative congressman, to retire". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. February 13, 2014. Retrieved February 13, 2014. 
  3. ^"Rep. Doc Hastings (R-Wash.) to retire". The Washington Post. February 13, 2014. Retrieved February 13, 2014. 
  4. ^Deaths of Ivan and Florene HastingsArchived March 14, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~battle/reps/hastingsdoc.htm
  6. ^"Veterans in the US House of Representatives 109th Congress". Navy League. Archived from the original(PDF) on 2006-11-29. Retrieved 2006-12-09. 
  7. ^Facts & Impacts(PDF). Columbia Basin College. 2001. p. 23. 
  8. ^McIntyre, Jerilyn S. (June 2008). "2008 CWU EASTSIDE/WESTSIDE COMMENCEMENTS". CWU University Bulletin. Archived from the original on 15 March 2012. Retrieved 8 July 2011. 
  9. ^http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=713750
  10. ^http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=695072
  11. ^http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=690576
  12. ^http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=532909
  13. ^1983 challenge by Hastings to the constitutionality of Washington's 1.1% sales tax hike
  14. ^"About Richard". Hastings Backgrounder. Friends of Richard Hastings. Retrieved July 6, 2011. 
  15. ^ abhttp://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=28453
  16. ^http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=29004
  17. ^http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=29623
  18. ^http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=30246
  19. ^http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=685
  20. ^http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=1340
  21. ^http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=4402
  22. ^http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=139507
  23. ^http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=322373
  24. ^http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=487804
  25. ^http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=773792
  26. ^ abcdProject Vote Smart
  27. ^"Effort aims to block oil drilling in refuge; Environmentalists fear a possible GOP bid to open a sensitive Alaska wildlife zone", Los Angeles Times, November 20, 2010.
  28. ^"National Environmental Scorecard". League of Conservation Voters. Retrieved 20 August 2014. 
  29. ^"U.S. Chamber of Commerce Ranks Hastings". Chamber of Commerce web site. U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Archived from the original on 2011-05-25. 
  30. ^"Hastings Rated High". Scorecard. Club for Growth. Archived from the original on 28 September 2011. Retrieved 28 June 2011. 
  31. ^"Hastings Scores High with Taxpayers". Taxpayers Union Scorecard. National Taxpayers Union. Retrieved June 28, 2011. 
  32. ^"Keep America Safe Scorecard". Hastings Receives the A Grade. Keep America Safe. Archived from the original on 26 June 2011. Retrieved 28 June 2011. 
  33. ^"American Conservative Union Ranks Hastings". American Conservative Union Rankings. American Conservative Union. Archived from the original on February 13, 2011. Retrieved June 20, 2011. 
  34. ^Pope, Charles (July 26, 2002). "Potomac Watch". Richard Hastings took the lead in Traficant's expulsion. Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved June 27, 2011. 
  35. ^1996 CNMI Preston Gates Ellis Invoices
  36. ^Alicia Mundy, "Pasco Congressman in Rare Spotlight", The Seattle Times, June 10, 2005.
  37. ^"Candidate Summary Report". Richard Hastings. Federal Elections Commission. Retrieved July 6, 2011. [permanent dead link]
  38. ^Alicia Mundy, "Hastings says ethics panel won't investigate DeLay", The Seattle Times, October 6, 2005; "House Ethics Chair Fires Lawyers", Associated Press, February 16, 2005, which can viewed here; Mike Allen "House Ethics Panel in Gridlock; Democrats Refuse to Participate Under New GOP Rules," Washington Post, March 11, 2005, Page A02; Alicia Mundy, "Ethics claims target Doc Hastings," Seattle Times, June 25, 2005; Gail Russell Chaddock, "House ethics panel lapses at an awkward time", Christian Science Monitor, April 26, 2005.
  39. ^Lee and Pershing, Christopher and Ben (September 9, 2008). "Official Rangel Probe Appears Likely". Washington Post. Retrieved July 7, 2011. 
  40. ^ ab"H.R. 1526 – Summary". United States Congress. Retrieved September 17, 2013. 
  41. ^"CBO – H.R. 4899"(PDF). Congressional Budget Office. Retrieved June 26, 2014. 
  42. ^ abMarcos, Cristina (June 26, 2014). "House passes bill to increase offshore energy projects". The Hill. Retrieved June 26, 2014. 
  43. ^Graeber, Daniel J. (June 27, 2014). "House measure on gas aimed at lower prices". UPI. Retrieved June 27, 2014. 
  44. ^"Election Statistics". Office of the Clerk of the House of Representatives. Archived from the original on 2007-12-26. Retrieved 2008-01-10. 

External links[edit]

Official 109th Congressional photo
Earlier official photo of Hastings
Hastings as a representative
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Join Representative Keith Ellison and Other Notable DFLers and Help Save A State Senate Seat on Monday, February 12!

Representative Keith Ellison has a message for us: Monday, February 12 – that’s right, a MONDAY election – we have the chance to hold a vital State Senate seat in northeastern Dakota County (South St Paul, Newport, Hastings, Cottage Grove, Afton – see map here). He’ll be leading a critical GOTV event at 2 PM that day, which will also include other DFL State Senators and elected officials.
 
Meet Keith and the team at 2 pm MONDAY at the following address:
 
1594 Hastings Ave
Newport, MN 55055
 
The Republican Party controls our State Senate by one vote – 34 to 33. On Monday, we have a chance to save one of our seats by electing Karla Bigham, a former representative from the area. Whether it was fighting to complete the Wakota Bridge, supporting funding for the Hastings Bridge, working to expand education programs in our schools, or ensuring our communities are safe— improving the quality of life of our residents is Karla’s top priority if elected as a State Senator.
 
If you cannot make it, you can call or knock on doors for her by clicking here.
 
We hope to see you there!



Please join 
Senator Amy Klobuchar 
To celebrate the birthday of 
Jeff Hayden
Hosts
 
State Sen. Bobby Joe Champion * State Rep. Rena Moran
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County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin * Andy Kozak
Alfred Babington-Johnson * Bill McGrann * Brian Halloran
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Charles Nauen * Cornell Moore * Dr. Bob Haselow
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Friday, October 13 - 5 p.m.—7 p.m.
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Hallie Q. Brown community center and other local organizations to host community conversations about June 16th's heartbreaking verdict

In the wake of the verdict of the trial of the Yanez trial regarding the shooting of Philando Castile, Hallie Q. Brown Community Center will host the first in a series of facilitated conversations put on by the City of Saint Paul, along with the support of the Saint Paul Foundation and local nonprofits like Hallie Q. Brown Community.

Residents can attend any of the facilitated community conversations at the following times and locations:
Friday, June 16, 2017, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Hallie Q. Brown Community Center, 270 N. Kent Street

Saturday, June 17, 2017, 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
St. Paul College, 235 Marshall Avenue

Monday, June 19, 2017 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Wellstone Center, 179 Robie Street East

Additional community meetings may be scheduled and announced next week.

Interpreters are available upon request. Please email liz.xiong (at) ci.stpaul.mn.us at least one day before the event to request assistance.

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Listen to Senator Hayden and Rep. Jim Knoblach (R-St Cloud) talk about the budget surplus on Minnesota Public Radio

Join Senators Bobby Joe Champion and Jeff Hayden for a special screening of Hidden Figures on February 28!

Thank you for your support on November 8! 

I would like to offer a sincere "thank you" for your support at ballot box, the phones, the doors, and all of the ways you helped my re-election effort. I feel so very blessed to represent a district that does not merely care about progressive values: you live them, each and every day. Yes, the national election was a disappointment, however Minnesota maintained its nation-leading streak of supporting the DFL candidate, and Senate District 62 supported former Secretary of State Clinton over Donald Trump 84% to 7% - the smallest percentage for Trump in the state!

While the next four years will be difficult without the grace and intelligence of President Barack and First Lady Michelle Obama, I deeply appreciate the privilege to represent such amazing people - and I offer my dearest 'thank you' for this opportunity.

Sincerely,
 
Senator Jeff Hayden                         

NOVEMBER 8 IS ELECTION DAY!

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Cannot get out of your car due to a disability or an accident? You can vote from your car! You need one other person with you, and they can tell an election judge that a ballot needs to be brought to a car. Here's the info:

Curbside voting is available
Voters unable to enter a polling place may register and vote without leaving their vehicle. If you or someone you are with at a polling place would like to use curbside voting, notify a volunteer or an election judge.
When you use curbside voting, an election judge will ask for your name as the voter, and will look up in the roster to verify whether or not you are already registered and that you have not already voted by absentee ballot. Then, a team of two election judges will:
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PLEASE REMEMBER TO VOTE ON NOVEMBER 8, or earlier at the Roof Depot building at 28th St and Longfellow Avenue!


Catch Jeff Hayden on TV this Sunday!

This Sunday, October 23, you will have two opportunities to catch Jeff on the television.

First, he'll be on the Esme Murphy Show on WCCO (channel 9) at 10:33 AM, where they will have a freewheeling conversation about issues of importance to Minnesotans.  

Second, at 6:30 PM on KSTP (channel 5), Senator Hayden will be talking about the 2016 Election, the DFL's chances to re-capture a majority in the House of Representatives, maintaining our Senate majority, and the election of Hillary Rodham Clinton as president. He'll also be talking about health care, the economy, and a whole host of other issues. 

DFL plan aims to fix MNsure; Republicans plan to eliminate it

The Senate DFL has been ready to take on the challenge of fixing MNsure - we just need a DFL House that will work with us so we make the necessary changes. See a preview of our plan in the video found by clicking here!  

Don't want to wait until November 8 to vote? Drop by our early voting center and vote early!

You don't have to wait until November 8 to cast your ballot for Hillary Clinton and the Democratic ticket. Just drop by the Depot building on 28th St and cast your vote early!

Here's the address, and a map to the location (plenty of free parking, and it's only a few blocks from the Lake St Light Rail stop)
1860 E 28th St
​Minneapolis, MN 55407

Catch Senator Hayden discussing Minnesota's changing demographics on Capitol Report!

Watch Senator Hayden discuss the changing demographics of our great state on Capitol Report!

Click here to view, and check below to find your broadcast throughout the state.

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Channel 9.1 - Sundays, 1 p.m.
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LAKELAND PUBLIC TELEVISON (Bemidji, Brainerd)
Channel 9.1 (Bemidji) - Sundays, 10 a.m.
Channel 22.1 (Brainerd) - Sundays, 10 a.m.
Channel 9.6 (Bemidji) - Sundays, noon and 6 p.m.
Channel 22.6 (Brainerd) - Sundays, noon and 6 p.m.

PIONEER PUBLIC TELEVISON (West Central, Southwestern MN)
Channel 10.1 in W. Central MN - Sundays, noon
Channel 20.1 in S.W. Minnesota - Sundays, noon
Channel 10.3 in W Central MN - Sundays, noon and 6 p.m.
Channel 20.3 in S.W. Minnesota - Sundays, noon and 6 p.m.

TWIN CITIES PUBLIC TELEVISION - TPT Minnesota
Channel 2.2 - Sundays, noon

PRAIRIE PUBLIC TELEVISION - (Fargo/Moorhead & Crookston/East Grand Forks)
Channel 13.3 (Fargo/Moorhead) - Sundays, noon
Channel 16.3 (Crookston/East Grand Forks) - Sundays, noon

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Minneapolis - Channel 202
St. Paul - Channel 243
Twin Cities, Mediacom - Channel 102
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Alexandria - Channel 396
Austin - Channel 396
Brainerd - Channel 396
Buffalo - Channel 396
Eagle Lake - Channel 133
Ellendale - Channel 133
Faribault - Channel 133
Lake Crystal - Channel 133
Little Falls - Channel 396
Lowrey - Channel 396
Mankato - Channel 133
Minnesota Lake - Channel 84
New Richland - Channel 133
North Mankato - Channel 133
Owatonna - Channel 396
Rochester - Channel 396
St. Clair - Channel 133
St. Cloud - Channel 396

Jeff Hayden, fellow senator Bobby Joe Champion, Supreme Court Justice Natalie Hudson receive endorsement of Star Tribune and Insight News!

The Hayden Campaign is excited to announce that we've received the endorsements from the Star Tribune and Al McFarlane's Northside institution, Insight News, in the August 9 Primary to serve as your State Senator! Along with US Representative Keith Ellison, State Representative Rena Moran of St Paul, Supreme Court Justice Natalie Hudson, and Senator Champion, Jeff seeks to continue working to unite communities and improve lives.

Remember to cast your vote in the August 9 Primary! Need any help finding your polling place, or getting a ride to the polls? call/test 612-440-1901 or email todd@jeffreyhayden.org, and we'll get back to you ASAP! 

Check out our new flyer (and remember to vote for Jeff on August 9!)

Click the PDF doc (or the images) below to view our Pre-Primary flyer. Feel free to print and distribute!

Senator Hayden Proudly Announces Endorsements from AFL-CIO, SEIU, MAPE, AFSCME, OutFront Minnesota and Planned Parenthood

Senator Hayden's re-election campaign is excited to announce our endorsements for 2016:
  • AFL-CIO
  • SEIU
  • MAPE
  • AFSCME
  • OutFront Minnesota
  • Planned Parenthood

As the campaign marches towards our August 9 Primary, we are in conversation with several other wonderful organizations that are working for progressive change, seeking their endorsement as well. We will keep you updated!

Senators Jeff Hayden & Bobby Joe Champion respond to the killing of Philando Castile

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: July 7, 2016
Contact: Alyssa Siems Roberson (507) 421-2412
 
Hayden and Champion respond to the killing of Philando Castile
St. Paul, Minn.— St. Paul--Senate Equity Subcommittee Co-Chairs Sen. Bobby Joe Champion (DFL-Minneapolis) and Deputy Senate Majority Leader Jeff Hayden (DFL-Minneapolis) have released a joint statement following the police shooting and death of 32 year-old Philando Castile during a traffic stop in Falcon Heights. Castile was shot in his vehicle by a St. Anthony police officer in front of his girlfriend and young child Wednesday night. Sen. Hayden and Sen. Champion have been in communication with the administration, community members and leaders.
 
“We didn’t know Philando Castile, but we know the story of his death all too well, and now the world knows his name and how he was slain. In the last 24 hours we have seen video of shooting deaths of two black men -- Alton Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castile in Minnesota. A lack of faith in our justice system is not only understandable, it’s warranted. The justice system failed Philando last night, but there is a chance now for the federal Department of Justice to do the right thing in the wake of this tragedy. It is critical that the DOJ lead the investigation and show the Black community that justice, even following a horrific event like Philando’s death, can be served.
 
The treatment of a Black man compared to a white man who identifies themselves as a lawful carrier of a concealed weapon is stark: Philando is dead, while recently stopped Gun Owners Civil Rights Alliance president Andrew Rothman was sent on his way, alive.
 
Police-involved deaths like Philando’s have become the soundtrack of our lives. We thank community members and supporters who have interrupted their lives in the middle of this crisis to show up and decry this kind of deplorable, unacceptable targeting of young black men. To our community: continue the fight, say his name, and know that we are with you.
 
As elected leaders we take seriously the burden eliminating profiling, unfair treatment, and implicit bias in our justice system. We will continue to work closely with the community to heal and press forward against the barriers Black Minnesotans face.” 

Can you help Jeff in his Primary Campaign?

At the District 62 Convention in April, Senator Hayden won the DFL endorsement. However, his opponent is not abiding by this endorsement, and we will have a primary election on August 9. In order to win this primary, we need callers, door-knockers, data entry, and event updates.

The Hayden Campaign will be knocking on doors the following days, and we'd love to have your help!

(If you are available at times that do not fall on this list, that is OK. We can get you a list of names and/or doors, and maybe a team member - or the Senator - can join you). Just email todd@jeffreyhayden.org with your name and availability, and we will get back to you ASAP!

June:
6/28 (Tuesday): 5:30 - 8 PM

July:
7/2 (Saturday): 11 AM - 2 PM
7/3 (Sunday): 2 - 5 PM
7/5 (Tuesday): 5:30 - 8 PM
7/9 (Saturday): 11 AM - 2 PM
7/10 (Sunday): 2 - 5 PM
7/12 (Tuesday): 5:30 - 8 PM
7/16 (Saturday): 11 AM - 2 PM
7/17 (Sunday): 2 - 5 PM
7/19 (Tuesday): 5:30 - 8 PM
7/23 (Saturday): 11 AM - 2 PM
7/24 (Sunday): 2 - 5 PM
7/26 (Tuesday): 5:30 - 8 PM
7/30 (Saturday): 11 AM - 2 PM
7/31 (Sunday): 2 - 5 PM

August:
8/2 (Tuesday): 5:30 - 8 PM
8/6 (Saturday): 11 AM - 2 PM
8/7 (Sunday): 2 - 5 PM
8/8 (Monday): 5:30 - 8 PM
8/9 ELECTION DAY - Anytime before 8 PM

Watch Senator Hayden Describe Benefits of Paid Sick Leave Policy to Tom Hauser on KSTP
 

Senator Hayden appeared on KSTP to discuss the benefits of the Paid Sick Leave recently passed by Minneapolis, and the possibility of bringing this progressive policy to all Minnesota workers. (Watch him here) 

Historic investments to address racial and economic disparities signed into law

“St. Paul, Minn.—Senate Equity Subcommittee co-chairs Sen. Bobby Joe Champion (DFL-Minneapolis) and Deputy Majority Leader Sen. Jeff Hayden (DFL-Minneapolis) applaud Governor Mark Dayton’s signing of the omnibus supplemental budget bill today. The governor’s signature made official the historic and unparalleled investments secured by Hayden and Champion which will begin to address Minnesota’s alarming racial and economic disparities.” – (Read full article here)

Fired Up, Ready to Go in 2016!

I am excited to announce that I have officially filed for re-election as the Senate Senator from Minnesota's wonderful District 62! Thank you to all my supporters, and I look forward to speaking with you on the campaign trail!

Sunday, May 1: Join me and other elected officials from Minneapolis at the 42nd Annual MayDay Parade and Festival!

This Sunday at 12 pm, take part in proud a Minneapolis tradition that began in 1975 - the MayDay Parade and Festival! Presented by the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre, this event includes music, art, puppetry, dancing, food and more. The parade will start at Bloomington Avenue and 25th St, eventually reaching its final destination at Powderhorn Park. We hope to see you there! 

Thank you, delegates of SD 62, for offering me the DFL Endorsement!

The DFL delegates of Senate District 62 donated several hours of a beautiful Saturday to decide who should receive their endorsement. After one ballot, a super-majority gave me the honor of serving as their endorsed candidate for 2016. I thank you, and will continue to work hard to maintain your support. Thanks again!

Please support Jeff Hayden, a progressive leader, at the Senate District 62 Convention on April 16!

The Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party of Minnesota's Senate District 62, which is situated in south-central Minneapolis, has their convention on Saturday, April 16 at South High School (3131 S 19th Ave, Minneapolis MN 55407). Registration begins at 9 am, and the convention will start at 10. If you are became a delegate or alternate at your Precinct Caucus on March 1, you are able to cast a vote for whom you believe deserves the the DFL Party's endorsement for the State Senate seat.  To those who are first-time delegates, welcome! I hope you enjoy the process and continue to be involved in the coming years.

I am asking for you to cast your vote for me on April 16, as I have dedicated my entire first term as a Senator to fighting for progressive legislation. After being re-elected in 2012, I was appointed Deputy Majority Leader of the Senate DFL. I have been able to use my position and experience to pass some very important legislation, including:

-Raised the minimum wage for the first time in nine years. In 2014, the DFL House and Senate passed an increase to the minimum wage and the Governor promptly signed the bill into law.

-Authored a study to better understand and prevent gender   violence in the Asian Pacific Islander Community. After speaking with members of the API community, I understood the need to find solutions to this problem.

-Passed the HOME (Housing Opportunities Made Equitable) bill. This legislation requires better financial literacy to help reduce the disparities in homeownership in Minnesota.

-Increased funding for basic sliding fee daycare subsidies. Many low-income parents rely on Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) to help afford daycare. In 2015, we invested an additional $10 million into this program.

-Guaranteed all children access to school lunch, regardless of their ability to pay. In 2013, some students who receive a reduced price lunch were turned away if their accounts were empty. We funded schools so they don’t have to turn anyone away.

    I am lucky to represent a district that shares my values so closely. I am proud that we passed marriage equality legislation in 2013, proud that the Senate has beat back every anti-choice bill that Republicans have introduced and proud to have voted to restore the vote to 47,000 Minnesotans. I hope that you will continue to support me so that we can continue to build on the progress we have seen in the last three years.
    When you arrive at South High School at 9 AM, you will check in and receive a   credential. At the beginning of the convention, which will start at 10 AM, we will vote on party business, elect a convention chair and then begin to vote to endorse House and Senate candidates. SD 62 is lucky to have Representatives Karen Clark and Susan Allen and I hope that you will support us on April 16.
    Thank you so much for your support and dedication to our party. If you have any questions, please contact me at jeff@jeffreyhayden.org.

Sincerely,
 
Senator Jeff Hayden

You are likely aware that on Tuesday evening, March 1st, Minnesota has their Precinct Caucuses. I ask that you (and your friends and family, or as many that can make it) drop by these wonderful gatherings, and take part in a Minnesota tradition that begat the political legends of Hubert Humphrey, Walter Mondale, and Paul Wellstone. To find your caucus site, click here, or send an email to info@jeffreyhayden.org with your address and my campaign manager will get right back to you with the info.

New to the District? Register to Vote Online Today!

Are you new to Minnesota, or have you recently moved into a new place to live? You can now register to vote online at this website. 

Minnesota Legislative Session Concludes: Jeff Appears on Minnesota Public Radio's The Daily Circuit with Kerri Miller

On May 19, The Deputy Majority Leader spoke with Kerri Miller (@KerriMPR) on The Daily Circuit to discuss the conclusion of the 2014 Legislative Session. He was joined by State Senator Roger Chamberlain (R-Lino Lakes), the Assistant Minority Leader, where they examined specific items within the bonding bill, and other legislative victories for the DFL majorities and Governor Dayton, such as the Women's Economic Security Act, the Minimum Wage Increase, and the Anti-Bullying Bill.

Jeff offered a spirited defense of the bonding priorities, recognizing the significance of our Capitol building, the renewed investment in our transportation system, and the infrastructure improvements that will occur throughout the state. For more details on the topics covered, click here, and to listen, click here.



James Oberstar - We Will Miss You

On May 3, we lost a wonderful public servant and a great man. A son of one of the first members of the United Steelworkers, Jim would carry on his father's legacy by serving as an exemplary advocate for laborers and their families throughout his life. Jim, a native of Chisholm on the Iron Range, served the U.S. Marine Corps as a civilian language teacher, and helped create the Economic Development Administration before he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1974. During his tenure as a member of the House, he served as chair for the Transportation and Infrastructure committee, led on aviation and rail transit issues, advocated for bicycle paths and trail development, and was a strong voice for the Head Start program and mine safety legislation. He was crucial in obtaining the funds for the rapid re-build of the I-35W bridge, and his steadfast efforts to secure infrastructure investments kept other such disasters from occurring.    

In the words of Governor Mark Dayton, "Congressman Oberstar was a true champion for the people of the 8th District, and for our entire state. He worked tirelessly to bring jobs, economic growth and a better quality of life to his constituents."

We will miss you, Jim. Thank you for making Minnesota a better place to live. 


Senator Hayden: "Make sure that kids get a good, quality lunch so they can learn"

Above, Governor Dayton signs legislation expanding Medicaid in Minnesota. Senator Hayden and House co-sponsor Yvonne Selcer (DFL-Minnetonka) are working to see expanded access to School Lunches meet the same fate.

After a series of reports about schools taking away lunches from children whose parents might have missed a payment, and dumping the food into the trash right in front of the hungry students (here and in Salt Lake City, Utah), Senator Jeff Hayden asked for help from Governor Mark Dayton to put a stop to this horrific practice. "With all of the talk about education and education reform, and making sure that our children are prepared to go into society, there's no better way than to make that sure kids get a good, quality lunch so they can learn," said Hayden. Governor Dayton agrees, and will fight to pass legislation to make sure this no longer happens in Minnesota, according to the Star Tribune's Baird Helgeson:


“No child in Minnesota should be denied a healthy lunch,” said Dayton. “We cannot expect our students to succeed on an empty stomach. I look forward to working with the legislature to make this issue a priority in the upcoming legislative session.”

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Sign up here to receive email updates about MNsure (the Affordable Care Act in Minnesota, aka Obamacare), and click here for fact sheets about this expansion of access to quality healthcare!  


Jeff Hayden and fellow Senator Bobby Joe Champion (DFL-59) Respond to Peter Bell's commentary on the Trayvon Martin verdict and African-American culture

Racial bias can't be blamed on any one culture or music choice

After the tragic killing of Trayvon Martin and the jury trial that followed, the impassioned response among most black Americans demanded respect for the life of Trayvon and, by extension, respect for our community as a whole. Our message was simple: We are Trayvon. President Obama shared this sentiment when he reflected that Trayvon could have been him 35 years ago.

That’s why we were so disappointed to read Peter Bell’s commentary (“Blacks must also look inward, at our culture,” July 23) in which he scolds black Americans, asking, “how can we ... demand respect from others when we show so little of it for ourselves?”

From arguing that black people don’t love themselves enough to berating hip-hop culture, Bell’s ramblings either have nothing to do with Trayvon’s killing or are just plain wrong.

To start with, Bell points the finger at the black community for protesting the racial prejudice manifested in Trayvon’s killing when, he argues, our focus should be on protesting black-on-black violence in our neighborhoods.

It’s true — statistically speaking, Trayvon was more likely to be killed by a black peer than by George Zimmerman. And, most agree, there is an epidemic of violence among black youths plaguing our communities and threatening our children’s futures. Yet, that’s not what happened between Zimmerman and Trayvon in February 2012.

As black leaders in Minneapolis, we’ve participated at vigils and demonstrations in the aftermath of black-on-black murders in our own neighborhoods. We’re heartbroken, outraged, and resolved to build safer communities. But linking Trayvon’s killing to a discussion about black-on-black violence completely misses the point and suggests that this unarmed black high school student wasn’t the victim of unwarranted violence, but somehow had it coming.

Bell goes on to blame the black community as a whole — or at least black entertainers and their fans — for perpetuating racial disparities and injustices through hip-hop lyrics that devalue life and celebrate violence. Bell’s accusation “do we really expect white America not to notice how we present ourselves in public or via popular culture?”smacks of the same ignorance that would accuse victims of sexual violence of “asking for it” because of how they dressed or behaved.

We in no way praise or condone dehumanizing lyrics or destructive behavior from black celebrities, but blaming black music for racial profiling and racial inequities of our criminal justice system is ridiculous.

The racial bias that led George Zimmerman to be suspicious of a 17-year-old black pedestrian was formed by much subtler, more encompassing societal forces than hip-hop ­lyrics. It is the same racial bias many of us have experienced and all of us share. Truly, the ­stereotyping and uncertainty that Trayvon experienced as he walked home with a bag of Skittles is something blacks in Minnesota experience every day.

But trying to blame racial bias in America on any one culture or form of expression is as pointless as it is absurd. Instead, we echo President Obama’s observation that, despite this tragedy and the hard emotions it has stirred up, things are getting better and each generation pushes us closer to achieving the dream of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Certainly, we still face serious challenges in Minnesota with some of the widest and most pronounced racial gaps in educational achievement, household income, life expectancy and incarceration rates. Yet, we’ve witnessed again and again how these challenges motivate members of the state’s black community to come together in ways both large and small that uplift our brothers and sisters in the pursuit of a brighter tomorrow.

For example, every year we see the black community raise scholarship funds and open doors for young people to grow a legacy of high-achieving students. Right now, black churches across the metro area are organizing health initiatives promoting healthy living to battle high rates of heart disease, cancer and diabetes.

As the cameras focused on the destruction when a tornado tore through north Minneapolis in 2011, we saw neighbors lift up one another and literally rebuild their community together. This same community (often thought of as Minnesota’s most predominately black neighborhood) is home to the Northside Transportation Network, a civically minded group focused on growing economic opportunities through transit-oriented development.

And as black leaders in the state Legislature, we were proud to be among a coalition of lawmakers that worked to block in Minnesota the exact same “shoot first, ask questions later” law that put George Zimmerman in a position to shoot an unarmed teen in Florida.

These are just a few examples of black people committed to the growth, not the destruction, of our community. An honest evaluation of today’s black community and its image can’t begin and end with hip-hop music and ignore the good works of so many other groups and individuals.

We challenge Mr. Bell to take another look at how blacks here in Minnesota, driven by deep self-respect, are standing up to create a better future for our children and for our entire nation. Even he would agree that, in the famous words attributed to Gandhi, we must be the change we wish to see in the world.

Jeffrey Hayden and Bobby Joe Champion, both Democrats from Minneapolis, are members of the Minnesota Senate.



Jeff Hayden and Minnesota Senate: The Time for Marriage Equality is Now! 

On Monday, May 13, Senator Jeff Hayden had the honor to cast a YES vote to open the institution of marriage to the thousands on Minnesotans in committed same-sex relationships. In his testimony to the Senate, he added, "For a long time, my marriage to my wonderful wife Terri would not have been legal, until the case of Loving v. Virginia opened the door to loving couples of different races. 


To those that oppose marriage equality, he adds "It's going to be OK."


Check out your Deputy Majority Leader as he beams with pride while his good friend and colleague, Sen. Scott Dibble of neighboring District 61, and House counterpart Karen Clark, announce the victory to the buoyant crowd here (we'll find video of Jeff's  speech as soon as we can!) 


Working Hard For You: Watch Jeff's Whirlwind of Legislative Activity on KARE-11

Health Insurance Exchange? Non-violent Sentencing Reform? Properly funding our social services? Nurse staffing ratios? These are merely a sampling of the legislative activity of your new Deputy Majority Leader, as his multiple bills and flurry of committee work has drawn the attention of KARE-11's John Croman (click here for article and video):

"Hayden went from hearing to hearing, reading bills, while ever mindful of the clock to make sure he didn't miss a chance to present his own piece of legislation. 

Because some of the hearings were happening simultaneously Hayden relied on legislative aides to remind him which critical bills were getting close to a vote.

"It is tough," Hayden admitted.

"But that's why you people elect us, to come here and get a lot of work done."



Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder: Sen. Hayden Describes "Full-Time Responsibilities of Part-Time Role" le

Interested in learning about the day-to-day life of a State Senator? Check out this profile of Senator Hayden by Charles Hallman in the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder (via Twin Cities Daily Planet).






Sen. Hayden selected as Deputy Majority Leader of the Minnesota State Senate!

After a wildly-successful Election Day, Jeff was offered the honor of serving as the Senate's Deputy Majority Leader. Joe Kimball of MinnPost has the story:


"I'm ready to roll up my sleeves and do the hard work of building consensus and finding the common ground that will move our state forward. We can't fall back into the political stalemates of recent years," Hayden said.


THANK YOU, SD 62, Minnesota & the United States!

THANK YOU VOTERS! Last night, you gave our President another 4 years, elected a great man in Rick Nolan (in addition to Representatives Keith Ellison, Betty McCollum, Tim Walz and Collin Peterson), gave State Rep. Karen Clark, State Rep. Susan Allen and I a DFL legislature to make Gov. Mark Dayton's agenda a reality, and defeated two freedom-crushing amendments (and look at those  percentages, we were streets ahead of every other district for NO on Photo ID)! You added my former colleague Linda Higgins to our County Board of Commissioners, chose Lois Conroy and Liz Cutter to serve in our judiciary, and honored me by asking me to serve a full term as your State Senator. I humbly thank you, SD 62, Hennepin County, and Minnesota!


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Senator Hayden recognized as "Legislator of the Year" by Minnesota Nurses Association!

Citing his "...exemplary leadership on issues affecting nurses, patients and working families", Senator Jeff Hayden was honored this evening as one of four legislators to tie for the award of Minnesota Nurses Association "Legislator of the Year." While being recognized for his work as a member of the State House of Representatives, he continued fighting for Minnesota Nurses after his election to the State Senate in October 2011.
 
Jeff has dedicated his time in the Capitol to lead on legislation that aids the causes of working people throughout Minnesota, and has a voting record that shares the values exhibited by Minnesota's Nurses.
 
"This is a great honor, and I plan to continue to advocate for the safety and quality of patient care delivered in Minnesota." – Senator Jeff Hayden


Governor Dayton appoints Judge Wilhemina Wright to Supreme Court! 

On Tuesday, Governor Mark Dayton appointed Wilhemina Wright to fulfill a vacancy of the Minnesota Supreme Court. Justice Wright, who began as a judge within Ramsey County's District Court, and spent time as Assistant US Attorney for the State of Minnesota, was originally appointed to the state's Court of Appeals by then-Governor Jesse Ventura in 2002. Justice Wright is the first African-American woman to serve within our Supreme Court, where she will join Justices Alan Page (the first African-American), Paul Anderson, G. Barry Anderson, Christopher Dietzen, David R. Stras and Chief Justice Lorie Skjerven Gildea.  

Citing her lengthy resume of community involvement, and her record of advocacy for enhancing opportunities for public school students, Senator Hayden wants to offer his congratulations (and a welcome) to our newest member of the State Supreme Court, Justice Wlihemina Wright!  


One of the Many Reasons Why I Love Senate District 62

We live in amazing Senate District. One can find incredible examples of creativity occurring in SD 62 on virtually night. For example, the weekend of June 9th and 10th featured four exciting, family-friendly events that showcased the artistic energy and volunteer spirit of the citizens of south Minneapolis.

June 9 
    After a successful concert fundraiser last October, The Friends of the Cemetery invited Duluth legends Low and local faves Zoo Animal to serenade a lucky crowd with ethereal, glacially-paced pieces of music. Thanks to Dandelion Kitchen and Hola Arepa, the event was a treat for ears and taste-buds alike. Proceeds will aid the Fence Restoration Project, and other efforts to save this historical landmark.

Later that evening, the Midtown Greenway Coalition presented "Greenway Glow", an illuminated night-time ride and walk along the popular bicycle trail. A south-Minneapolis subsidiary of the awesome Northern Spark (#nspk), Greenway Glow featured live music, movies, activities and some dazzlingly-lit art-bikes. Funds raised from the event will support the projects and programs of the Midtown Greenway Coalition, such as Trail Watch safety patrol; managing the cleanliness of the trail; outreach to communities surrounding the Greenway; and working with developers to encourage Greenway-friendly buildings. 

Here's a creation called Tunnel Vision, by local artist Eben Kowler:
June 10

As the clock struck noon on Sunday, a sizable group of dedicated volunteers from Senate District 61 and 62 (Kelly O'Brien and Jay Damberg, among others) threw together a slammin' fundraiser/barbecue/concert festival at Painter Park in the Lyndale neighborhood. With assistance from the campaign teams of Senator Amy Klobuchar; Representative Keith Ellison; School Board candidate Tracine Asberry and member Carla Bates; City Councilmembers Robert Lilligren, Elizabeth Glidden, John Quincy and Gary Schiff; State Representatives Susan Allen, Karen Clark, Frank Hornstein, Marion Greene, Scott Dibble, Paul Thissen and Jim Davnie; and State Senators Scott Dibble and yours truly; it was a feat to maintain that level of energy among such an arid 95-degree day. The 515 Players offered an intriguing take on how we can talk about the importance of voting NO on the anti-marriage amendment, and Sen. Scott Dibble implored us to also remember to oppose the Photo ID amendment, which will eliminate the Minnesota tradition of same-day registration and thrust antiquated voting limitations into a progressive state.   
The day after performing for Friends of the Cemetery, several members of Low trekked over to Painter Park to rouse the attendees as their rock 'n roll alter-ego, Retribution Gospel Choir. Also entertaining the crowd was Actual Wolf and Me and My Arrow.

While we were raising money for our DFL goal of defending freedom and advancing social justice, a 22-block section of Lyndale Avenue was opened to bicycles, skateboards and pedestrians for the second-annual Open Streets Minneapolis. As an avid biker, Senator Hayden was sad to miss the event, but is excited for 2013, especially since the 2012 redistricting placed the eastern side of Lyndale Avenue, from where it meets I-94, all the way south to 50th Street, into SD 62. 
From 44th Street to Franklin St, the spirit of southern Minneapolis was on display, and like Blue BBQ, the torrid temperatures did not faze our community from enjoying the bounty of riches found along this amazing avenue.  

Just another weekend in Senate District 62!


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