Gov. Tim Walz and Rep. Jim Hagedorn Meet to Promote Highway 14 Expansion

July 15, 2019
Press Release

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Today, Rep. Jim Hagedorn (MN-01) visited Minn. Gov. Tim Walz (D) at the State Capitol to discuss their mutual support for the U.S. Highway 14 Four-Lane Expansion Project near New Ulm, Minn.

Both Walz and Hagedorn agree this 12-mile strength of highway must be completed to improve safety and create economic opportunity for southern Minnesotans.

“Gov. Walz and I are committed to working in bipartisan fashion to fight for the project funding streams needed to complete the Highway 14 Corridor project and improve the lives of our constituents,” Hagedorn said. “I appreciate the Governor’s work, during his tenure as our First District Congressman, to promote Highway 14 projects, and I will do my best to emulate his service.”

Members of Congress for southern Minnesota have long-supported the Highway 14 Corridor project, from U.S. Rep. Ancher Nelsen (R), first elected in 1958, to Walz (D), who was Hagedorn’s immediate congressional predecessor.

Last week, Hagedorn wrote U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and urged her to approve BUILD grant funding of up to $25 million for the Highway 14 Corridor project.

Jim Hagedorn was elected in 2018 to represent Minnesota’s First District in the U.S. House of Representatives. He grew up on his family’s grain and livestock farm near Truman. Jim’s father, former U.S. Congressman Tom Hagedorn (MN-02), grandfather, and great-grandfather were all southern Minnesota farmers. Jim currently resides in the rural farming community of Blue Earth. Hagedorn brings policy experience to Capitol Hill from time spent as a congressional aide to former U.S. Congressman Arlan Stangeland (MN-07) and a congressional relations officer for two non-partisan U.S. Department of the Treasury agencies. Hagedorn serves on the House Committees on Agriculture and Small Business to promote farming, Main Street enterprises and southern Minnesota’s way of life.