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Mark Kennedy
Born:Born April 11, 1957, Benson, Mn. Raised in Murdock and Pequot Lakes.
Resides: Franklin Township, Wright County
Personal: Married (Debbie). Four children (Charles, Emily, Sarah and Peter)
Education: Bachelors degree from St. John's University. MBA from University of Michigan
Political background: Elected congressman, 1998
Kennedy's campaign announcement (3/25/02)

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6th District
Three candidates for the 6th Congressional District seat debated for the first and only time. Listen | Read . (10/31/02)


•Kennedy's speech at a GOP rally Listen.(10/30/02)

•MPR interview. Listen (1/23/02)

6th District Congress
Mark Kennedy (GOP)

Mark Kennedy was the third Republican attempting to unseat Rep. David Minge since he was elected in 1992. But Kennedy was the first to succeed. His campaign slogan, "Kennedy Means Business," encapsulates his long career as a business executive. It also trickles down to issues he is pressing in his campaign.

He is in favor of opening foreign markets, which he contends will boost earnings for farmers and help other businesses thrive. In addition, he wants to reduce capital gains taxes and eliminate inheritance taxes, which he argues are making it tougher for farmers and business owners to pass their assets to future generations. Like other Republicans, he also wants to get rid of the so-called marriage penalty.

Kennedy has focused much of his time on agriculture issues. He serves on the Agriculture and Transportation & Infrastructure committees.


For the last two years, Kennedy has represented the 2nd District, which covered much of southwestern Minnesota. A court-drawn redistricting plan put his house within the boundaries of the 6th District and he decided to stay and run north of the Twin Cities instead. His decision set off a flurry of activity. Republican John Kline decided to run in the 2nd and 6th District incumbent congressman Bill Luther, a DFLer, also decided to move to the 2nd, meaning he'll face Kline, whom he's defeated twice in the past.

In 2000, Kennedy ousted incumbent David Minge in a race separated by a little more than 500 votes. This year, he faces Democrat Janet Robert, an attorney from Stillwater.

From the Campaign Trail

Mark KennedyCongressional roundup: Kennedy beats Robert
Nov. 6 -- Freshman GOP Rep. Mark Kennedy headed off a well-funded challenge by Democrat Janet Robert to win the 6th District race on Tuesday. Robert, a wealthy Democratic attorney, loaned her campaign at least $1.6 million and ran a television advertising blitz challenging Kennedy's stance on corporate accountability issues and Social Security. (More)

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