Our stellar economy has Americans back to work and optimistic about the future. I am fighting to keep the U.S. economy growing with high-wage jobs by reforming the federal government in the areas of regulations, taxes, health care, welfare and energy.

I am working with my colleagues and the administration to utilize my appointments on the House Agriculture and Small Business Committees to sustain agriculture, Main Street enterprises and our southern Minnesota way of life.

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January 4, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON - Congressman Jim Hagedorn’s bipartisan legislation, H.R. 5146 – the Unlocking Opportunities for Small Businesses Act - became law on January 1, 2021.

“This vital piece of legislation expands opportunities for small businesses to compete as prime contractors for federal contracts. By enhancing access to the marketplace, we will incentivize small businesses to enter or rejoin the federal contracting community, and, as a result, federal agencies and the American people will benefit with increased efficiency and improved service.

September 8, 2020 Press Release

BLUE EARTH, Minn. – Congressman Jim Hagedorn (MN-01) today issued the following statement in support of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) receiving an award of more than $235,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Federal State Marketing Improvement Program (FSMIP) to assist in MDA’s new joint project to explore new market opportunities for American food and agricultural products, and to encourage research and innovation aimed at improving the efficiency and performance of the marketing system:

July 21, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Jim Hagedorn (MN-01) yesterday co-led a bipartisan effort in the House of Representatives to introduce the Affordable Child Care for Economic Strategies and Success (ACCESS) Act with Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (IA-01).

The legislation works to permit the use of federal economic development grants to improve the accessibility of affordable, quality childcare. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) is the lead sponsor for the companion bill in the Senate.

July 31, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Rep. Jim Hagedorn (MN-01) sent a letter affirming Minn. Governor Tim Walz’ request for the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to declare an emergency in Dodge County in connection to the severe storms and flooding from June 27 to July 7, 2019. This declaration would provide access to low interest disaster assistance loans to local home and business owners who suffered uninsured property losses.

July 12, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Last night, the U.S. House of Representatives passed Rep. Jim Hagedorn’s (MN-01) amendment, #178 to H.R. 2500, the National Defense Authorization Act. The amendment helps small businesses by directing federal agencies to pay small contractors faster, easing the financial burden and added costs of unpredictable payments.

July 9, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Rep. Jim Hagedorn (MN-01) wrote U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao to voice his support for the U.S. Highway 14 Four-Lane Expansion Project near New Ulm, Minn. Hagedorn wrote:

“I write to urge strong consideration for the U.S. Highway 14 Four-Lane Expansion Project application. I represent the project area and can personally attest to the necessity of this project. 

June 7, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Rep. Jim Hagedorn (MN-01) recently recognized Maud Borup by visiting its Le Center manufacturing facility and by giving a speech on the House Floor.


Maud Borup is a 112-year-old wholesale confections company that specializes in gourmet candy, baking kits, food gifts and more. Started as a woman-owned, brick and mortar candy shop in St. Paul, Minn. before women had the right to vote, today it’s a wholesale company. Ninety-six percent of its more than 100 employees are women.


June 5, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON - Congressmen Jim Hagedorn (MN-01), Tom Emmer (MN-06) and Pete Stauber (MN-08) sent a letter today to President Donald Trump and Speaker Nancy Pelosi urging expeditious passage for the United States-Mexico-Canada-Agreement (USMCA), a trade pact that will expand Minnesota’s economy.

May 30, 2019 Press Release

SCANDIA, Minn. – Today Rep. Jim Hagedorn (MN-01) promoted the need for reliable broadband in rural areas to help small businesses and sustain rural America. A member of the U.S. House Committee on Small Business, Hagedorn attended a field hearing in Scandia, Minn. titled, “Small Businesses and their Limitations without Reliable Access to Rural Broadband.”

May 10, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Yesterday, Rep. Jim Hagedorn (MN-01) testified on the erosion of markets for U.S. quartz surface products and the impacts on hardworking Americans caused by the dumping of subsidized Chinese imports.

The International Trade Commission held a final injury hearing on Anti-Dumping and Countervailing Duty for imported quartz surface products to examine unfair trade practices.