Jim Newberger

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Jim Newberger
Member of the Minnesota House of Representatives
from the 15B district
Assumed office
January 8, 2013
Preceded byRedistricted
Personal details
Born (1964-03-06) March 6, 1964 (age 54)
Political partyRepublican
EducationSt. Cloud State University (BA)

James Newberger (born March 6, 1964) is a Minnesota politician and member of the Minnesota House of Representatives. A member of the Republican Party of Minnesota, he represents District 15B in central Minnesota. He was the Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate in 2018.


Newberger attended St. Cloud State University, graduating with a B.A. in political science and mass communications.[1]

Minnesota House of Representatives[edit]

Newberger was first elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2012. In April 2015, he drew criticism for statements made on the Minnesota State House Floor linking North Minneapolis to the St. Cloud Prison. "Right on the edge of St. Cloud, maybe a half a mile, a quarter-mile, from the rail tracks is the St. Cloud State Prison.... Boy, wouldn't that be convenient, to have that rail line going from that prison to North Minneapolis..." This drew boos from other members of the House. Governor Mark Dayton later called for the House Leadership to punish Newberger. "I think [he] should be reprimanded, if not censured by his leadership" Dayton said. Shortly after the incident, Newberger made a public apology, saying that he did not mean to offend anyone, but to voice the concerns of the people in his district. Newberger agreed that he should have made his point differently, and said he would be careful about what he says in the future when trying to elucidate the concerns of District 15B. Shortly thereafter, Newberger was reprimanded once again for arguably violating general separation of powers principles[2][better source needed] in attempting to use his position as an elected official to influence the outcome of a judicial proceeding involving a donor, who was in a dispute that resulted in a judgment against the donor of about $250,000.[3]

Electoral History[edit]

2016 General Election for Minnesota's 15B House of Representatives District[4]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jim Newberger (Incumbent) 14,949 68.88
DFL Thomas Pauley 6,732 31.02
Other Write-ins 22 0.10
Total votes 21,703 100
2014 General Election for Minnesota's 15B House of Representatives District[5]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jim Newberger (Incumbent) 9,166 63.93
DFL Brian Johnson 5,154 35.95
Other Write-ins 17 0.12
Total votes 14,337 100
2012 General Election for Minnesota's 15B House of Representatives District[6]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jim Newberger 11,414 57.77
DFL Brian Johnson 8,316 42.09
Other Write-ins 26 0.13
Total votes 19,756 100
2018 General Election for U.S. Senate
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jim Newberger
DFL Amy Klobuchar
Total votes

Personal life[edit]

Newberger is married to Michele Newberger. They have three daughters and reside in Becker, Minnesota.[7]


  1. ^ "Newberger, Jim". Legislators Past & Present. Minnesota Legislative Reference Library. Retrieved April 3, 2013.
  2. ^ Separation of powers#United States
  3. ^ http://www.twincities.com/2016/01/07/minnesota-legislator-reprimanded-for-intervening-in-judgment/
  4. ^ http://electionresults.sos.state.mn.us/Results/StateRepresentative/100?districttype=LG
  5. ^ http://electionresults.sos.state.mn.us/Results/StateRepresentative/20?districttype=LG
  6. ^ http://electionresults.sos.state.mn.us/Results/StateRepresentative/1?districttype=LG
  7. ^ "About the Candidate". Jim Newberger for Minnesota House District 15B. Jim Newberger for HD15B. Retrieved April 3, 2013.

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Kurt Bills
Republican nominee for U.S. Senator from Minnesota
(Class 1)

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