For the last 12 years, I have represented Minnesotans in Congress as a Representative for CD5. In Congress, I championed consumer, worker, and civil rights protections to defend the rights of Minnesotans against the interests of the powerful. I passed laws to fight credit card abuse and stand up for the rights of tenants and renters and founded the Congressional Antitrust Caucus. I also served on the Judiciary Committee, overseeing all Congressional issues of law enforcement and the courts. Before entering public service, I spent 16 years as an attorney specializing in civil rights and defense law, including five years as the Executive Director of the Legal Rights Center, where I oversaw a team of attorneys focused on delivering justice for Minnesotans who had nowhere else to turn.