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Spotlight: Veteran Candidates — Dan Feehan (MN-1)

This article is part of a series on veteran candidates for the House of Representatives in toss-up districts. Part One of the series can be found here.

This article should not be seen as an endorsement of any political candidate or party, and does not represent the views of The Freq Media.

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With a long history of public service, Army veteran Dan Feehan hopes to continue serving his country through election to represent Minnesota’s First Congressional district. The race for MN-1 stands to be one of the closest, and potentially most decisive, as both parties compete to control the House.

The Minnesota First District is an open seat, as sitting Congressman Tim Walz (D), a retired Sergeant Major in the National Guard, is the Democratic nominee for Minnesota Governor. While the district has been held by Walz since 2006, the Democrats have lost their incumbency. In 2016, Donald Trump won the district by 14 points. This is a rural farm district and, being framed as a carpetbagger for moving to a Minnesota district he did not grow up in, Feehan faces a tough fight against Republican Jim Hagedorn. In August, Feehan polled at 33%, trailing Hagedorn by 14 points.

A Minnesota native, Dan Feehan grew up in Red Wing, Minnesota, a small town on the Mississippi River, south of Saint Paul. Always drawn to politics, he attend Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., where he witnessed the September 11th, 2001, terrorist attacks. This inspired him to sign up for Army ROTC, and following graduation, he was commissioned as an Engineer Officer.

Serving on active duty from 2005 to 2009, Feehan deployed twice in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, searching for roadside bombs. He was awarded the Bronze Star for Service, the Army Commendation Medal with Valor, and the Ranger Tab.

Continuing a life of service, Feehan left the military and worked with Teach For America, teaching in south Chicago and Gary, Indiana. After attending graduate school at Harvard’s Kennedy School, he moved back to Washington, D.C., working as a White House Fellow to the Secretary of Defense and serving as Assistant Secretary of Defense (Readiness). While working with the Department of Defense, Feehan worked to develop and oversee policies and programs that ensured the Active, National Guard, and Reserve forces of the United States were ready for the missions assigned by the President and the Secretary of Defense.

Captain Dan Feehan in Iraq

Politically, Feehan is a progressive Democrat. He is endorsed by the PAC VoteVets, which supports progressive veteran candidates across the country who represent “labor, immigration, gay and lesbian rights, and environmentalists, when their issues coincide with the needs of troops and veterans.” He is also supported by With Honor. With the motto “Principles Before Politics”, PAC holds candidates to pledge for bipartisan meetings and legislation, when elected.

Here is where Feehan stands on major issues in the 2018 race, take from his campaign website:

Healthcare

Feehan supports continuing to expand the Affordable Care Act, believing that healthcare access is a right. He does believe that a strong individual market is important, and seeks bipartisan effort to build on and improve the existing system.

National Security

Primarily, Feehan seeks to reestablish Congress as a coequal branch of government, by limiting executive authority to wage war, initially by supporting a new AUMF and process for justifying or ending the Forever War.

Immigration

Feehan supports comprehensive immigration reform that supplies a path to citizenship for tax-paying illegal immigrants, while enforcing America’s laws against violent offenders. He also wants to improve the way America works with other countries to stop the flow of migrants — a process that is often hazardous.

Feehan’s platform also includes comprehensive views on agriculture and workforce education, topics that are crucial to life in his district. Politics aside, Dan Feehan’s repeated answers to the call to serve his country are admirable, and represent the best the veteran community has to offer America.

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