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By Fanna Haile-Selassie

A look at Democrat Tim Walz

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ROCHESTER, MN (FOX 47) -- We're continuing with our election profiles by taking a look at Congressman Tim Walz. Walz has military, teaching, and political experience, and he says it's what makes him a good public servant.

Tim Walz began his career as an army soldier at 17-years-old. He then moved to teaching 11th and 12th graders and now works for residents in the 1st District as a U.S. Representative. Walz says all his experiences have helped him better serve his district's residents.

"Hi folks, Tim Walz, nice to meet you."

He's had 4 years to perfect his political personality, but Congressman Tim Walz says he is genuinely passionate about serving his fellow neighbors. In fact, Walz says he has always ran for office with the idea that party lines do not matter, only what gets done. And that mentality comes from real life experience, starting with the army.

"I think, as much as anything, it was not just the opportunity to serve, but there was at that time, the ability to go to college," explains Walz. "My father was sick and was dying of cancer. My family was thinking of different ways, and there was, you know, using the GI bill, and service to the country."

Walz spent 24 years in the Army before switching roles as a government teacher for 11th and 12th grade students. He followed the teaching path of his father, brothers and sisters and followed the footsteps of his wife to Minnesota.

"As a teacher, Minnesota was kind of like the 'promised land' of great schools, a real good situation to be in. And of course her family was all here and my family was in northeast Nebraska, and so we decided to move."

Walz says his proudest teaching moment was when he was able to bring his students to China for a more global aspect. But the decision to go into politics, Walz says life experience told him to.

"I really felt that life of being in the classroom, being in the National Guard, of starting a small business, taking kids to China to experience that, I felt very, very connected to what regular people were going through. And I thought, maybe there was a voice to be heard there."

Tim Walz is now the highest ranked, formally enlisted soldier in the U.S. House of Representatives, and he is recognized by many of his peers and the Veterans Association to having a large part in getting the recently updated GI bill.

Walz is facing Republican challenger Dr. Brian Davis, who is a Rochester resident.

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