Hegseth is the new Minnesota Republican Party finance chair
May 22, 2014 — 8:12pm
Pete Hegseth, who ran for the U.S. Senate endorsement in 2012 and had been oft mentioned as a possible candidate for other offices, will become the Minnesota Republican Party's finance chair, the party announced late Thursday.
Hegseth, a military veteran, is often seen on Fox News, contributing analysis and political commentary.
"As Finance Chair I look forward to helping the Republican Party of Minnesota reach the next level," Hegseth said in a statement.
The party has had well-publicized struggles with financing in recent years and is still pulling its way out of debt. But it has slowly whittled down what it owes and party chairman Keith Downey has said it has restructured and rebuilding confidence.
Hegseth led Vets for Freedom, which, according to public documents, was particularly active during the 2008 presidential race, and now is the CEO of Concerned Vets for Freedom.
Minnesota senators sharply questioned federal appeals court judge Neil Gorsuch during Wednesday's Supreme Court confirmation hearings, grilling him on whether he'd be protect the interests of ordinary people over corporations.
Other business groups like realtors, electric utility Xcel Energy Services, private colleges, tobacco giant Altria, Polymet Mining, health insurers and hospitals contributed to the overall total of $57.7 million to lobby the Legislature, the administration of Gov. Mark Dayton and Metro municipal governments.