A state representative is challenging U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar in next year's election.
Rep. Jim Newberger announced on Facebook over the weekend that he'll be seeking the Republican endorsement in the mid-term race. He's the first Republican to announce he's running for Klobuchar's seat.
"For over a decade, millions of Minnesotans have had no voice in the U.S. Senate. Sen. Amy Klobuchar has rejected them," Newberger wrote in the Facebook post.
He promised to be the voice for Minnesotans on several issues, including reforming the refugee resettlement program; fixing the national debt; fixing social security; speaking out "for the unborn"; repealing the Affordable Care Act; simplifying the tax code; and defending mining and energy producing communities.
Newberger told the Pioneer Press that announcing his run for Senate 15 months before Election Day will help him make up for the fact he doesn't have the name recognition and fundraising powers that Klobuchar has.
Meanwhile, Minnesota DFL Chair Ken Martin said in a statement to KSTP: "Amy Klobuchar is respected across our state ... As Minnesota's senior senator, she is leading efforts to lower the cost of prescription drugs, strengthen rural communities, and crackdown on illegal steel dumping."
Klobuchar was first elected to the U.S. Senate back in 2007.
More on Newberger
Newberger is a paramedic from Becker who is married with three kids, according to his bio on the Minnesota Legislature website.
He was elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2012, and represents District 15B. He served on three committees during this year's session, including as the vice chair of the Job Growth and Energy Affordability committee.
Newberger's seat will be up for election next year, too, the Star Tribune notes.
You can read more about him on his campaign website here.