Eye on the Races

Date: October 31, 2014 Last Edit: September 07, 2016

Election Day 2014 is just around the corner; here’s a look at the NFIB members vying for congressional seats.

Election Day 2014 is Nov. 4, and 19 NFIB members are running for the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. Here’s a quick look at them: 

U.S. Senate 

Cory Gardner (Colorado, vs. incumbent Sen. Mark Udall): The four-year House incumbent hails from Yuma, where his family has owned a farm implement dealership for nearly a century.

Mike Rounds (South Dakota, vs. Rick Weiland and Larry Pressler): The president of an insurance agency with four offices was governor from 2003 to 2009. 

U.S. House of Representatives

Wendy Rogers (Arizona’s 9th District, vs. incumbent Rep. Kyrsten Sinema): The retired Air Force lieutenant colonel runs a property inspection company with her husband.

Dan Logue (California’s 3rd District, vs. incumbent Rep. John Garamendi): The former owner of a real estate business now is a member of the state Assembly and an NFIB champion. 

Jack Orswell (California’s 27th District, vs. incumbent Rep. Judy Chu): The former FBI agent founded his own insurance investigation company, which employs 10 people in Monrovia. 

Paul Chabot (California’s 31st District, vs. Pete Aguilar): An Iraq War and law-enforcement veteran, he is president of his own consulting company and lives in Rancho Cucamonga.

Don Ytterberg (Colorado’s 7th District, vs. incumbent Rep. Ed Perlmutter): The Golden State native grew up in family business and then founded a leading nickel-plating company.

Mark Greenberg (Connecticut’s 5th District, vs. incumbent Rep. Elizabeth Esty): Founder of a mobile-telecom company and a real estate management firm, the father of five lives in Litchfield. 

Buddy Carter (Georgia’s 1st District, vs. Brian Reese): The owner of a pharmacy with three locations, the Port Wentworth native was also mayor of Pooler and a state senator.

Bobby Schilling (Illinois’ 17th District, vs. incumbent Cheri Bustos): The Rock Island native and pizza parlor owner served in the House in 2011-2012.

Dave Trott (Michigan’s 11th District, vs. Bobby McKenzie and John Tatar): The Birmingham native and Duke University law graduate is chairman of the family law firm and a political activist.

Stewart Mills (Minnesota’s 8th District, vs. incumbent Rep. Rick Nolan): A father of five, he is vice president of the family’s Midwestern retailing empire, Mills Fleet Farm stores.

Jack Seaman (North Dakota’s At-Large District, vs. George Sinner and incumbent Rep. Kevin Cramer): A self-declared “regular citizen,” the South Fargo resident owns and operates a precious metals dealer. 

Jim Fischer (New York’s 20th District, vs. incumbent Rep. Paul Tonko): The Schenectady native launched his own telecom business in 1990 and is a first-time political hopeful.

Dee Adcock (Pennsylvania’s 13th District, vs. state Rep. Brendan Boyle): The Abington resident owns and operates his family’s 50-year-old swimming pool distributorship. 

Charlotte Bergmann (Tennessee’s 9th District, vs. incumbent Rep. Steve Cohen): The talk show host and family business partner also is a FedEx retiree, minister, mother and grandmother. 

Brian Babin (Texas’ 36th District, vs. Michael Cole, Rodney Veach and Hal Ridley Jr.): The military veteran, Sunday school teacher and former mayor of Woodville operates a dental practice as well.

Clint Didier (Washington’s 4th District, vs. Dan Newhouse): The former NFL tight end now owns a family farm and an excavation company and has been politically active locally.

Alex Mooney (West Virginia’s 2nd District, vs. Nick Casey, Davy Jones and Ed Rabel): A college football and rugby player, the former Maryland state senator moved to West Virginia a few years ago. 

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