Jim Newberger

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Jim Newberger
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Member of the Minnesota House of Representatives
from the 15B district
In office
January 8, 2013 – January 7, 2019
Preceded byRedistricted
Succeeded byShane Mekeland
Personal details
Born (1964-03-06) March 6, 1964 (age 55)
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Michele
Children3
EducationSt. Cloud State University (BA)

James Newberger (born March 6, 1964) is an American politician and former member of the Minnesota House of Representatives. A member of the Republican Party, he represented District 15B in central Minnesota. He was the Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate in 2018, losing to incumbent Democrat Amy Klobuchar.

Education[edit]

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 elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2012. He served three terms from 2013 to 2016 and served on the Jobs and Energy (Vice Chair), Environment and Natural Resources, Civil Law, Transportation Policy and Public Safety committees.[2]

On September 10, 2018, Newberger was riding on a trailer/float in the Carver County parade as a candidate for the U.S. Senate. The tractor pulling the float malfunctioned, causing MN Secretary of State Candidate John Howe to be thrown to the pavement. Howe's campaign manager, Tim Droogsma, also fell off the tractor and was run over by the 2,800-pound trailer. Both men suffered injuries. Newberger, a retired paramedic, immediately responded and rendered aid to Howe and Droogsma until ambulances could arrive.<Kelly Smith, Star Tribune Newspaper, September 10, 2018>

On January 23, 2017, Newberger immediately responded when Governor Mark Dayton collapsed during the State of the State Address. Newberger and Representative Jeff Backer rendered aid to Dayton.[3]

Newberger was reprimanded by a judge for writing to encourage reconsideration of a judgment (worth roughly $250,000) against a donor to Newberger. Newberger defended his action as advocating for his constituents but said he would not act in a similar manner again. Minnesota judges may not consider communications made to them regarding cases without the presence and knowledge of both lawyers.[4]

Electoral history[edit]

2016 General Election for Minnesota's 15B House of Representatives District[5]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jim Newberger (Incumbent) 14,949 68.88
Democratic–Farmer–Labor 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[6]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jim Newberger (Incumbent) 9,166 63.93
Democratic–Farmer–Labor 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[7]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jim Newberger 11,414 57.77
Democratic–Farmer–Labor 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 940,437 36.21%
Democratic–Farmer–Labor Amy Klobuchar (Incumbent) 1,566,174 60.31%

Personal life[edit]

Newberger is married to Michele Newberger. They have three daughters and reside in Becker, Minnesota.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Newberger, Jim". Legislators Past & Present. Minnesota Legislative Reference Library. Retrieved April 3, 2013.
  2. ^ https://www.leg.state.mn.us/legdb/fulldetail?ID=15408
  3. ^ Pat Kessler, CBS News @Patrick Kellser
  4. ^ RACHEL E. STASSEN-BERGER (7 January 2016). "Minnesota legislator reprimanded for intervening in judgment". Pioneer Press. Retrieved 20 August 2019.
  5. ^ "MN Election Results". electionresults.sos.state.mn.us. Retrieved 18 December 2018.
  6. ^ "MN Election Results". electionresults.sos.state.mn.us. Retrieved 18 December 2018.
  7. ^ "MN Election Results". electionresults.sos.state.mn.us. Retrieved 18 December 2018.
  8. ^ "About the Candidate". Jim Newberger for Minnesota House District 15B. Jim Newberger for HD15B. Retrieved April 3, 2013.

9 <Kelly Smith, Star Tribune Newspaper, September 10, 2018>

External links[edit]

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

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