Why I’m Running
The unfortunate passing of Congressman Jim Hagedorn has resulted in a Special Election to fill his seat.
As a lifelong resident of southern Minnesota, born and raised on the family farm, I am ready to fight the progressive left and defend our traditional American values. We need bold change to take back our country!
With your support and vote, I will be a strong conservative voice to stand up for our farmers, families and main street businesses. Our rural way of life is worth protecting! I would be honored to serve on your behalf.
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Get to Know Matt
Matt Benda is a lifelong resident of southern Minnesota, agricultural law attorney, rural Minnesota advocate and Republican Party activist who lives in Albert Lea, Minnesota.
Matt was born and raised on the family farm, Old Acres, in Alpha, Minnesota and he and his family have deep connections to Minnesota’s agricultural community. For 25 years as an attorney, he has worked shoulder-to-shoulder with farmers, families and small business owners to help them succeed. His father, George, served as President of the Minnesota Cattlemen’s Association and introduced Matt to the Republican Party at a young age. He has two sisters who still farm the family farm and are active in the pork industry.
Matt graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Agricultural Business Management, and with honors from Drake University Law School. While at Drake, he was Founding Editor of the Journal of Agricultural Law and did policy work for the Farm Bureau and U.S. Department of Agriculture. Twice named “Attorney of the Year” for his work in the community, Matt previously served as chair of the Minnesota State Bar Association’s Agricultural Law Section Council.
Matt has long been involved as an advocate for rural Minnesota and his hometown of Albert Lea, serving as Chair of the Chamber of Commerce, member of the Albert Lea Economic Development Agency, 4-H Youth Leader, and Chair of the Catholic School Board. He and his wife Heather, a CPA in Albert Lea, have been married 22 years and have two children. The family attends St. Theodore’s Catholic Church.
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Schools that educate, not indoctrinate our kids
Defend our rural way of life & traditional American values
U.S. Energy Independence
Attack wasteful government spending and control inflation
Build the wall and secure our southern border
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