Former Rep. Phil Krinkie Running in 6th District Race

Created: 07/20/2013 6:00 PM KSTP.com By: Maricella Miranda

Phil Krinkie
Phil Krinkie
Photo: Photo courtesy of Taxpayers League of MN

Another Republican has joined the race for Minnesota's 6th Congressional District seat.

Former Rep. Phil Krinkie is the latest candidate to throw his hat into the race. Anoka County Board Chair Rhonda Sivarajah and former State Rep. Tom Emmer are a couple of the candidates running to replace Rep. Michele Bachmann, who said she's leaving Congress in 2014.

The 6th Congressional District is the most heavily Republican district in Minnesota. Democrat Jim Graves initially announced that he would run against Bachmann in 2014, but he recently dropped out of the race.

Krinkie, of Shoreview, is president of the Taxpayers League of Minnesota, which he joined in 2007. He previously served 16 years in the Minnesota House, representing District 53A, serving Anoka and Ramsey counties. He was first elected as an Independent Republican.

Krinkie, who was born in Maplewood, has owned The Snelling Company, a local heating and air conditioning business, for 25 years. Krinkie is married with one child.

In the legislature, Krinkie had a reputation for being fiscally conservative.

Before being elected to the House, Krinkie ran unsuccessfully as representative twice before. He previously sought and lost the Republican party endorsement to Bachmann for the 6th Congressional House District race in May 2006.

He also ran unsuccessfully as the Republican party endorsed candidate for the Minnesota House of Representatives in the 2006 election. His opponent, Paul Gardner, defeated him by only 55 votes so an automatic recount occurred. The recount confirmed Gardner's win.

Minnesota's Democratic Chairman Ken Martin released the following statement following news that Krinkie was running in the race:

“As a member of Minnesota House of Representatives, Phil Krinkie earned the nickname of ‘Dr. No’ and prided himself on being the most conservative member of the Legislature. As president of the Taxpayers League of Minnesota, Krinkie continues to demonize government and ignore the role it plays in educating our children; providing police and fire protection; and building infrastructure, including the roads and bridges important for corridors of commerce.

“Krinkie has become an expert at pointing out what he perceives as problems rather than offering solutions. It’s easy to say no; a true leader strives to make a positive difference. 

“Congress has enough people saying no. Congressional District 6 deserves a representative who will work for progress, not play politics.”