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Erich Mische

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August 17, 1949

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Norman Bertram "Norm" Coleman, Jr. has served as a U.S. Senator from Minnesota since 2003, serving in the 108th, 109th, and 110th congresses. He served as the mayor of Saint Paul, Minnesota from 1994 to 2002. Previously a member of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party , Coleman switched to the Republican Party of Minnesota in 1996. In 1998 he lost a bid for Governor of Minnesota against former professional wrestler Jesse Ventura, a member of the Reform Party of Minnesota, and DFL candidate Hubert H. "Skip" Humphrey III.

Coleman is a member of four Senate committees including the Committee on Foreign Relations, the Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee, and the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship. He is also Chairman of the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. In 2004 Coleman campaigned for the chairmanship of the National Republican Senatorial Committee , but was narrowly defeated for the post by North Carolina Senator Elizabeth Dole in a 28-27 vote. Coleman's Northstar Leadership PAC made over $200,000 worth of contributions to other Republican senators that were up for reelection during his campaign for the NRSC chair. Along with fellow Minnesota senator, Amy Klobuchar, Coleman opposed President Bush's plan to increase troop levels in Iraq in January, 2007. However he continued to vote against all efforts to change policy in Iraq. A November 2007 poll has his approval rating at 53% with 40% disapproving.

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