Career: Came to Congress to represent the mostly rural northwestern and western parts of Minnesota in 1991 and has been there ever since. He is the senior member of the state's federal delegation and ranking minority member of the House Agriculture Committee. Before entering politics, he worked as an accountant.
Background: Born in Fargo, N.D., raised on a farm in Baker, Minn., and educated at Minnesota State University, Moorhead. Lives in Detroit Lakes, Minn.