Jake Coleman, son of former Sen. Norm Coleman, will run for state Senate


The son of former U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman is following in his father's footsteps by launching his first campaign for political office.

Jake Coleman, 29, announced Tuesday he's going to run for the state Senate seat now held by Julianne Ortman, who is not seeking re-election, the Associated Press reports.

Coleman, a Republican, lives in Chanhassen.

The 47th Senate District is heavily Republican. It covers much of Carver County, including the southwestern Twin Cities suburbs of Chanhassen, Chaska, Waconia and Watertown.

Although this is his first run for office, Coleman has been in and around politics for much of his life. He has been on the staff of Republican U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen for the past four years.

As the Star Tribune notes, he was just 7 years old when his father Norm was first elected mayor of St. Paul.

Jake Coleman earned his undergraduate degree from the University of St. Thomas and his law degree from the University of Minnesota, according to the Star Tribune.

He describes himself as a traditional conservative, and said he believes in lower taxes and less government, the Star Tribune notes.

Coleman said he also wants to eliminate the Met Council, change the way teacher retention decisions are made, and push for more restrictions on abortion, according to the Chanhassen Villager.

Norm Coleman has remained involved in politics since he left the Senate in 2009, but Jake told the Star Tribune his father didn't persuade him one way or another when he was deciding whether to run for office.

“He really wanted me to show that if this is something I wanted to do, that I wasn’t going to rely on his name or his experience,” Jake Coleman said.

Coleman is the second Republican to announce a bid for the Senate seat. Scott Jensen, former Republican Party chair in Carver County and a member of the Waconia school board, is also running, according to the Associated Press.

Coleman said he will abide by the party's endorsement, while Jensen has not yet decided, the Star Tribune notes.

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