Richard Michael "Rick" Nolan (born December 17, 1943) is an American politician who has been the U.S. Representative for Minnesota's 8th congressional district since 2013. A member of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, he previously served as the U.S. Representative for Minnesota's 6th congressional district from 1975 to 1981. After re-entering politics in 2011, he was nominated to challenge first-term incumbent Republican Chip Cravaack in the 8th district and defeated Cravaack on November 6, 2012.
1 Early life,
2 Early political career,
3 Business career,
4 Return to politics
4.1 2012 campaign for U.S. Congress,
4.2.3 Health care,
4.3 113th Congress,
4.4 Electoral history,
4.5 "No Government, No Pay" Act,
5 See also,
7 External links,
Nolan was born in Brainerd, Minnesota and graduated from Brainerd High School in 1962. He attended St. John's University in Collegeville, Minnesota the following year, but completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Minnesota, earning his B.A. in 1966. Nolan pursued postgraduate work in public administration and policy formation at the University of Maryland, College Park, and in education at St. Cloud State University.
Early in his career he served as a staff assistant to Walter Mondale in the United States Senate. He also pursued a career in business as an owner and operator of sawmill and wood pallet factory in Emily, Minnesota, and was a teacher of social studies in Royalton, Minnesota.
Early political career:
Nolan was elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 1968 and served two terms (1969-72), representing House District 53A (Morrison County). He then ran unsuccessfully for Minnesota's 6th congressional district seat in the United States House of Representatives in 1972, but was elected in his second run in 1974 to the 94th Congress and reelected in 1976 to the 95th Congress and 1978 to the 96th Congress.
In 1979, he broke with his party in endorsing Senator Ted Kennedy for President over the sitting Democratic President Jimmy Carter.
In 2007, he endorsed Connecticut Senator Christopher Dodd in his campaign for President of the United States, and traveled the state of Iowa campaigning on his behalf.
Nolan decided not to run for reelection in 1980, and served as president of the U.S. Export Corporation until 1986, and president of the Minnesota World Trade Center under Governor Rudy Perpich from 1987 to 1994. He has also served as chairman of the Mission Township Planning Committee, president and board member of the Central Lakes College foundation, and lecturer and volunteer for the Initiative Foundation on Serving in Public Office.
Return to politics:
2012 campaign for U.S. Congress:
Main article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_House_of_Representatives_elections_in_Minnesota,_2012#District_8
Nolan announced his candidacy for United States Congress on July 12, 2011, challenging incumbent Chip Cravaack in Minnesota's 8th congressional district. He won the Democratic primary in August 2012, defeating Tarryl Clark and Jeff Anderson.
During a debate in 2012, Nolan accused Republicans of supporting "trickle-down" economics. Nolan said that Republican policies would mean that "the rich get richer, the poor get poorer and the middle class gets crushed." He said that taxes should be raised and that provisions in the tax code that encourage offshoring should be eliminated. Nolan also said that the "super-rich" in particular should be targeted for tax increases.
Nolan has voiced support for the stimulus spending championed by President Obama. He said, "It did in fact create good jobs in a whole wide range of areas, not the least of which is in the field of transportation."
Nolan supports the Affordable Care Act and said he would not vote to repeal it. Nolan said, "It ensures that another 30 million people in this country would have health insurance; it provides that nobody can be denied as a result of preconditions; it provides that parents can keep their children insured up to the age of 26."
Nolan supports increased federal investment in the mining industry, including a "$250 million-a-year research center that would look at newer, cheaper and more environmentally friendly ways of extracting resources from the region." He also advocates speeding up the environmental review process for mining companies.
Given his previous six years of service, Nolan's chamber seniority has placed him at 235 out of 433 members. This places him both at the head of the 113th Congress's 2013 freshman class, as well as ahead of members with 3 terms or less.
Rick Nolan sits on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.
He also serves on the House Agriculture Committee.
Nolan has previously served on the House Small Business Committee and the House Agriculture Committee; his previous appointments would have earned him some Committee Seniority on these committees that he had already served on in the 94th, 95th and 96th Congresses. Instead, Nolan will now have Committee Seniority on only the House Agriculture Committee and be a junior member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.
Nolan had been quoted as saying he would like to serve on "the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, along with the Natural Resources Committee, which hears legislation that directly affects the mining, forestry, agriculture and tourism-based economy of the Eighth Congressional District.".
Main article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_House_of_Representatives_elections,_2012
See also: United States House of Representatives elections in Minnesota, 2012#District 8
2012 Eighth Congressional District of Minnesota Elections
Chip Cravaack (incumbent)
DFL gain from Republican
"No Government, No Pay" Act:
On October 1, 2013, Nolan introduced a bill that would the withhold pay of members of congress during a government shutdown, in response to the shutdown that had gone into effect that morning. "It's time for Congress to start living in the real world - where you either do your job, or you don't get paid," he said concerning the bill, which currently stands in opposition to the 27th Amendment to the Constitution.