U.S. Rep. Michelle Fischbach announces re-election campaign for the Seventh District seat

Congresswoman Michelle Fischbach announced her re-election campaign on Tuesday. She is running for her second term as the representative for Minnesota's 7th Congressional District.

Michelle Fischbach campaign event Aug. 11, 2020 in Olivia
U.S. Rep. Michelle Fischbach, congresswoman from the 7th Congressional district in Minnesota, has announced her intention to run for re-election. It is for her second term. Fischbach is shown arriving at a Republican campaign event Aug. 11, 2020, in Olivia, Minnesota.
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LITCHFIELD β€” U.S. Rep. Michelle Fischbach, R-Minn., representative for the Minnesota 7th Congressional District, has announced the start of her re-election campaign to win a second term in Washington, D.C.

"I have fought for our western Minnesota values and am proud of the work I have done for my constituents in Congress, especially on the Agriculture Committee," Congresswoman Fischbach said in a news release. "With rising inflation, increases in the cost of living and the next Farm Bill, there is much work to be done."

Minnesota's Seventh Congression District covers a large part of western Minnesota, from the Canadian border to the southern part of the state. The district includes Willmar along with the cities of Alexandria, Detroit Lakes, Fergus Falls, Marshall, and Moorhead.

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Michelle Fischbach
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No other candidate is seeking the Republican nomination for November's general ballot. Three candidates are vying for Democratic-Farmer-Laborer endorsement: Mark Lindquist, Reed Olson and Ernest Oppegaard-Peltier. Travis Johnson is the sole candidate who has declared for the Libertarian primary.

In Congress, Fischbach has served on the House Committees on Agriculture, Judiciary and Rules. She is also the ranking member of the Agriculture Committee Subcommittee on Commodity Exchanges, Energy and Credit.


Fischbach was first elected to Congress in 2020, beating longtime incumbent Collin Peterson. Prior to that, Fischbach served in the Minnesota Senate from 1996 to 2018, and was the state's 49th lieutenant governor, serving with former Gov. Mark Dayton from January 2018 to January 2019.

She and her husband, Scott, live in Regal. They have two grown children and six grandchildren.

Shelby Lindrud is a reporter with the West Central Tribune of Willmar. Her focus areas are arts and entertainment, agriculture, features writing and the Kandiyohi County Board.

She can be reached via email or direct 320-214-4373.

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