Thomas Earl Emmer Jr. (born March 3, 1961) is an American attorney and politician who has been the U.S. representative for Minnesota's 6th congressional district since 2015. The district includes most of the Twin Cities' far northern suburbs and the surrounding cities and rural areas of Benton, Carver, Sherburne, Stearns, Wright, Anoka, and Washington Counties. Before his election to Congress, Emmer served as a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives from 2005 to 2011. In one of the closest elections in the history of the state of Minnesota, Emmer lost the 2010 Minnesota gubernatorial election to Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party nominee Mark Dayton by less than half of a percentage point.During the 2014 United States House of Representatives elections, he won the 6th congressional district seat being vacated by Michele Bachmann’s retirement. He became chair of the National Republican Congressional Committee in 2019.
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