Congressman Rick Nolan

Representing the 8th District of Minnesota
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Issues

Rep. Nolan on tractor

Agriculture

As a member of the House Committee on Agriculture and the Subcommittee on Livestock, Rural Development, and Credit, I'm proud and humbled to be able to shape agriculture policy for Minnesota's 8th District, bringing stability and security to our small towns and rural communities.
Hibbing Airport

Aviation

As a member of both the General Aviation Caucus and House Transportation Subcommittee on Aviation, and having lived in Northern Minnesota my whole life, I understand the enormous economic benefit general aviation has to the 8th District, Minnesota, and our nation as a whole.

No Labels press conference

Bipartisanship

We were elected to work together to solve America's problems, and despite the partisanship that abounds in Congress, we can still roll up our sleeves and get things done.
Pheasant hunting

Hunting and Fishing

As a gun owner and hunter, and a member of the bipartisan Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus, I work to pass legislation in the House of Representatives that protects the rights of responsible gun owners, preserves wildlife habitat for recreation, and supports hunting and fishing on federal lands.
Teaching a 3rd grade class at Lakeside Elementary in Chisago City

Education

As a former teacher and Head Start program director, I believe there is no better investment than in the education of our children, and I will always make this a top priority.
Wild Rice harvesting with my son Michael

Environment

The Nolan homestead in rural Crosby is a regular gathering place for 5 generations of Nolans who together tap maple syrup in spring, harvest wild rice in the fall, and never miss a hunting or fishing opener. As Congressman, I am determined to preserve our natural treasures for ourselves and our children, and I do everything in my power to advance laws and policies that protect our precious environment, use our resources wisely, and serve our national interest.
soldier in silouhette

Defense

I am a supporter of a strong national defense, at home and abroad. I firmly believe that we should do everything in our power to redirect taxpayer money away from unnecessary military construction projects abroad in places like Afghanistan, and instead invest in construction projects here at home - rebuilding our roads, bridges, ports, waterways, and sewer systems.
Rep. Nolan speaks with nurses at Bigfork Hospital

Health Care

Health care is important to our district and my work in Congress. The Affordable Care Act is an important first step, not the last, in our nation's quest for providing Americans with the assurance, security, and the peace of mind that accompanies quality, low-cost health care.
Made in USA

Jobs and the Middle Class

Minnesota’ s 8th District economy stands on a three legged stool: Taconite, Timber and Tourism. Adding emerging domestic manufacturing and and Jobs and the economy – both tourist and mining based – are paramount to our work in Congress.
Raise the Wage!

Minimum Wage

Over the last couple of years, we've created millions of new jobs - but as one Northern Minnesotan put it, "It's a good thing there are so many new jobs out there... because you need two or three of them just to make a living!" 

Touring the Utac Mines in March

Mining

I grew up in the heart of Minnesota mining country, and I support our mine workers, their good-paying jobs, their unions, and local business suppliers. I believe we can do mining the right way, creating good-paying jobs while adhering to the strictest environmental and safety standards to ensure safe working conditions, and that clean air, clear water, and healthy soil continue to support our tourism industry and Minnesota quality of life.

Senior Fraud

Read about my work to protect seniors from common scams such as telemarketing schemes, health care fraud, and abuse and exploitation.
Rally against Chained CPI

Social Security & Medicare

I firmly believe Social Security and Medicare are earned benefits Americans have paid for from their first day on the job, and seniors deserve to know that what they have earned will be protected. I am fundamentally against any plan or budget deal that privatizes, reduces, or compromises these successful and necessary programs or the benefits they provide.
Mesabi Daily News photo: Nolan and Arleigh Birk

Veterans Issues

America’s obligation to our veterans is permanent and sacred. We must leave no stone unturned to assure that the men and women who have put themselves in harm’s way to protect and serve us have the very best medical care, counseling, housing, job training, and educational opportunities a grateful nation can provide.