Married to: Laura, 33, whom he met when she worked in the Duluth campaign office for the late Sen. Paul Wellstone

Children: Eleanor, 7; James, 5, and Owen, 15 months

Drives: 1992 Ford F-150 , which he calls "Big Red"

Favorite politician: Jim Oberstar, "brilliant mind, big heart and he never let D.C. affect his integrity"

Favorite movie or TV show: "Hoosiers"

Favorite books: The Bible, "Siddhartha" by Herman Hesse and everything written by Michael Lewis

Person (living or dead) with whom you'd like the chance to sit down for dinner: "Grandpa Ness, who died when my Dad was 13."

A quote that means a lot to you: "I love you, Dad."

Favorite junk food: Chips, hummus and a cold Surly

A hobby you enjoy: Hiking Duluth's trails

Favorite obscure fact about Duluth: "Since I was elected mayor there haven't been ANY shark attacks on Park Point."