- Rod Grams
Infobox Senator | name=Rod Grams
jr/sr=United States Senator
January 4, 1995
January 3, 2001
January 3, 1993
January 3, 1995
date of birth= birth date and age |1948|02|04
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Rod Grams (born
February 4, 1948) served the state of Minnesotain both the United States House of Representativesand the U.S. Senate. Grams was born in Princeton, Minnesotaand attended Brown Institute, 1966–8, Anoka-Ramsey Community College, 1970–2, and Carroll College, 1974–5.
Grams spent 23 years in the field of television and radio broadcasting before entering political service. For 18 of those years, he worked as a producer and anchorman for several television stations. From 1982 to 1991 he was the senior news anchor at KMSP-TV in Minneapolis/St. Paul. Before that he worked as a news anchor/producer for KFBB-TV in Great Falls, Montana; WSAU-TV in Wausau, Wisconsin; and WIFR-TV in Rockford, Illinois. Before his broadcasting career, he worked at an engineering consulting firm for seven years.
In 1985, Grams formed Sun Ridge Builders, a Twin Cities construction and residential development company, serving as its president and CEO. In addition to running the company, he was involved in architectural design and particularly interested in the use of solar energy in residential homes.
He defeated Democratic incumbent
Gerry Sikorskiand served in the U.S. House from January 3, 1993to January 3, 1995in the 103rd congress. He successfully ran for the U.S. Senate in a 1994 campaign co-chaired by Arlen Wittrock and Jack Meeks and was elected and served until 2001 in the 104th, 105th, and 106th congresses. In 2000, he was opposed by Mark Dayton, (DFL), and lost. In the 2000 election, Chris Erikstrup-Gunhus, Grams's chief of staff and reelection campaign director, [ [Dirty Tricks] http://articles.citypages.com/2000-09-13/books/dirty-tricks/] was investigated for her alleged involvement in an underhanded effort to sabotage the candidacy of Democratic Senate hopeful Mike Ciresi. On June 16, 2001, she was sentenced and fined for her role in the Ciresi scandal. Erikstrup-Gunhus paid a $300 fine.
After his defeat in 2000, Grams went back into private business and in 2004 became the owner of three radio stations in Little Falls, Minnesota [ [http://broadcastingcable.com/article/CA417915.html?display=Business Changing Hands - 5/17/2004 - Broadcasting & Cable ] ] . Grams divorced his first wife (Lolly) and married Erikstrup-Gunhus (today known as Chris Grams). Rumors had circulated that Grams and Erikstrup-Gunhus were "personally involved" since 1992. Spouses of members of congress cannot draw salaries if they serve on their staff.
Grams ran for a second term in the
U.S. Congressin the 2006 U.S. House election, challenging the popular Jim Oberstarin Minnesota's 8th congressional district. Although some internal campaign polls showed the race within a couple of percentage points, Oberstar, the most senior incumbent DFLer from Minnesota, won handily.
*1992 Race for U.S. House of Representatives — 6th District
**Rod Grams (R), 44%
Gerry Sikorski(DFL) (inc.), 33%
Dean Barkley(I), 16%
*1994 Race for U.S. Senate (Republican Primary)
**Rod Grams (R), 58%
Joanell Dyrstad(R), 35%
Harold Stassen(R), 5%
*1994 Race for U.S. Senate
**Rod Grams (R), 49%
Ann Wynia(DFL), 44%
Dean Barkley(I), 5%
*2000 Race for U.S. Senate
Mark Dayton(DFL), 49%
**Rod Grams (R) (inc.), 43%
**Jim Gibson (I), 6%
*2006 Race for U.S. Representative — 8th District
Jim Oberstar(DFL) (inc.), 64%
**Rod Grams (R), 34%
Harry Welty(UP), 2%
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