Fischbach Running for Congress

Fischbach Running for Congress Click to Enlarge Photo: Michelle Fischbach for Congress

(KNSI) – The first woman to serve as President of the Minnesota Senate is challenging one of the longest-serving congressmen in the state’s history for his seat.

Former Lieutenant Governor Michelle Fischbach, of Paynesville, announced on Labor Day that she’s running for Congress in Minnesota’s 7th Congressional District. The district includes Western Stearns County.

The Republican will challenge Democrat Congressman Collin Peterson, who has been in Washington for nearly 30 years.

She says Western Minnesota families deserve a representative who will fight for their values in Washington and support President Trump’s agenda.

She cited what she calls the socialist agenda of Nancy Pelosi, Ilhan Omar, and the rest of the “squad" as reasons why she's running.

Over the next few weeks and months, Fischbach says she will travel the district and talk with voters about her vision for Western Minnesota and listen to their thoughts and concerns.

Fischbach was the most recent Republican to hold statewide office in Minnesota when she ascended from her role as President of the Senate to Lieutenant Governor in 2018.

Before serving as Lieutenant Governor, Fischbach served in the Minnesota Senate. After the 2010 election, the Minnesota Senate selected Fischbach to serve as President of the Senate. After the 2016 election, Fischbach was again chosen by the Minnesota Senate to serve as President of the Senate, a position she would hold until she ascended to Lieutenant Governor in 2018.

She will be a guest on Tuesday’s Ox in the Afternoon with KNSI’s Dan “The Ox” Ochsner at 4:10 p.m.