Mike Jungbauer

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Mike Jungbauer
Member of the Minnesota Senate
from the 48th district
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 7, 2003
Personal details
Born (1958-02-09) February 9, 1958 (age 57)
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Political party Republican Party of Minnesota
Spouse(s) Vicki
Children 4
Residence East Bethel, Minnesota
Alma mater Anoka-Ramsey Community College
Moody Bible Institute
Profession wastewater treatment designer, pastor, legislator,
Religion Evangelical Christian

Michael J. "Mike" Jungbauer (born February 9, 1958) is a Minnesota politician and a member of the Minnesota Senate representing District 48 in the northern part of the Twin Cities metropolitan area. The district includes portions of Anoka and Sherburne counties. A Republican, he was first elected in 2002, and was re-elected in 2006 and 2010. Prior to becoming a senator, he was the mayor of East Bethel from 1998 to 2002.[1]

Jungbauer is currently a member of the Senate's Capital Investment, Commerce and Consumer Protection, Energy, Utilities and Telecommunications, and Judiciary and Public Safety committees. His special legislative concerns include transportation, education, aviation issues, and concealed carry.[2]

On February 18, 2005, the Minnesota Senate's Subcommittee on Ethical Conduct issued a report on Jungbauer's 2004 misuse of his Senate legislative assistant, as well as Senate communications equipment such as computers and e-mail, to publicize a partisan campaign activity on behalf of Jeffrey Davis, a Republican candidate for Minnesota Senate District 50.[3]

In July 2007, the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board ruled that Jungbauer had knowingly accepted a campaign contribution in the form of a wholesale discount on model airplanes for his office. The Jungbauer campaign was forced to pay nearly $2,000 in fines.[4]

On July 1, 2009, Jungbauer announced his candidacy for the 2010 Minnesota governor's race.[5] He officially launched his campaign in Anoka on August 8, 2009.[6]

Jungbauer's viewpoint on climate change has been called into question. It has also been alleged that certain claims he made regarding his studies and degrees may not be accurate. He "claims to have a bachelor's degree from the Moody Bible Institute with a "background in biochemistry." However, MinnPost reported on June 16, 2011, that he never graduated, and that the closest thing he has to a bachelor of science degree is a ministerial ordainment from Christian Motorsports International, which provides "chapel services" at "races, car shows, cruise-ins, and tractor pulls."[7] His campaign website refers to "pursuing a degree in Environmental Policy at Metropolitan State University,"[8] although the school has no such program.[9]

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