An interview with Rep. Chip Cravaack, freshman Republican from Minnesota’s 8th Congressional District
When a 51-year-old former Northwest Airlines pilot and union member with no previous political experience declared against the longest-serving congressman in Minnesota’s history, not many people took the challenge seriously. But last fall Chip Cravaack (pronounced kruh-VACK) of Lindstrom, Minnesota beat incumbent Jim Oberstar to become the first Republican to represent the district since the Truman presidency. Now in Washington, Cravaack serves on the Homeland Security, Transportation and Infrastructure and Science committees in the House. He also finds himself one of the 19 Republicans the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has pledged to unseat in 2012. What does Cravaack plan to accomplish while he’s here? TheDC’s Ginni Thomas sat down with him to find out.
Who is Chip Cravaack?
What his constituents expect:
Cravaack on the fiscal crisis:
What government should do less, and more, of:
On the invasion of Libya:
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