Former lumberjack aims to chop deficit
Party affiliation: Republican
Family: Wife, Rachel, and six children.
Educational background: Bachelor's degree in marketing from St. Mary's University; law degree from William Mitchell College of Law.
Professional background: Worked way through college as a professional lumberjack; and also was a reality television competitor and commentator on ESPN and MTV. He served as Ashland County district attorney from 2002-2010.