Peter Allen Stauber (born May 10, 1966)[1] is an American politician, former professional hockey player, and retired police lieutenant serving as the United States Representative for Minnesota’s 8th congressional district. He was elected to his seat in November 2018.[2] A member of the Republican Party, he previously served as a St. Louis County, Minnesota Commissioner from 2013 to 2019.

Early life and education

Stauber was born on May 10, 1966 in Duluth, Minnesota, and attended Denfeld High School in Duluth.[3] He has a bachelor’s degree in criminology from Lake Superior State University, where he was a star player[4] on the Lake Superior State Lakers men’s ice hockey team.[3][5][6][7] He is credited with helping lead the Lakers to victory in the playoffs and the 1988 NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Championship game.[8][9] Lake Superior “became the smallest school ever to win college hockey’s biggest prize.”[3] In that game, Stauber took a critical shot, described by opinion columnist Mike Mullen during Stauber’s 2018 candidacy for the U.S. House of Representatives as “risky, arguably crafty, and inarguably illegal,”[3] and by Star Tribune sportswriter John Gilbert in his 1988 story on the championship game as the moment when “Pete Stauber got away undetected when he straight-armed the net off its moorings during a Saints rush with 1:23 to go in regulation.”[10]

After winning the national championship, the team was invited to the White House, where Stauber met President Ronald Reagan, an event he has called a pivotal moment in the formation of his interest in politics.[3]


Professional hockey

In 1990, Stauber signed a multi-year contract with the Detroit Red Wings.[11] The Florida Panthers selected him from the Red Wings in the 1993 NHL Expansion Draft.[12]

Stauber and his brothers, John, Jamie, Bill, Dan, and Robb, all played hockey.[13][6] Together they run an annual Stauber Brothers Military Heroes Hockey Camp, a summer program for children with parents in the military.[14] The six are co-owners of the Duluth Hockey Company, which began as a sporting goods retailer but since 2015 has specialized in hockey-related merchandise.[15][16]

Local politics

Stauber served on the Hermantown City Council for eight years.[17] From 2013 to 2019, he served as a member of the St. Louis County, Minnesota Commission, which includes Duluth.

Political positions

Indigenous issues

A group of Ojibwe tribes from Stauber’s district rebuked him for his attempts to block President Joe Biden’s nomination of Deb Haaland as United States Secretary of the Interior. The Midwest Alliance of Sovereign Tribes also complained about his actions. A member of the House subcommittee on Indigenous Peoples, Stauber cited Haaland’s support of the Green New Deal and opposition to oil drilling. As a member of the House, he will not vote on the nomination.[18]

U.S. House of Representatives

Stauber in 2018



In June 2018, Donald Trump campaigned for Stauber in his run for U.S. Representative, making his first visit to Minnesota as president and attending his first rally to support a Republican candidate for the House of Representatives in the 2018 general election, visiting Stauber’s hometown of Duluth.[19][20]

The 8th district had an open seat in a previously Democratic-Farmer-Labor (DFL)-held district where the last two elections were close.[20][21][22] Partisan funders on both sides of the aisle reserved “millions” of dollars for advertising in a race widely regarded as a potential Republican pickup of a seat that had been held since 2013 by Rick Nolan.[23] In November, Stauber defeated the DFL nominee, former Nolan aide Joe Radinovich, to become only the fifth person to represent the district in 71 years, and the second Republican to do so. He won primarily by running up his margins in the district’s more conservative western portion.

During his 2018 campaign, Stauber ran on a policy of allowing Medicare to negotiate drug prices, becoming only one of a handful of Republicans to endorse what was primarily a progressive idea.[24] Stauber has since walked back from his campaign pledge.[24]


Stauber was reelected on November 4, 2020, defeating DFL nominee Quinn Nystrom. In December 2020, he filed a motion to support Texas v. Pennsylvania, described as a “seditious abuse of the judicial process” and aimed at invalidating millions of votes in various swing states. The Duluth News Tribune, which had endorsed Stauber, and many other local officials sharply criticized him for the ploy in an open letter to Stauber.[25]


According to the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University, Stauber held a Bipartisan Index Score of 0.7 in the 116th United States Congress for 2019, which placed him 64th out of 435 members.[26] Based on FiveThirtyEight‘s congressional vote tracker at ABC News, Stauber voted with Trump’s stated public policy positions 90.4% of the time,[27] which ranked him average in the 116th United States Congress when predictive scoring (district partisanship and voting record) is used.[28]

On September 30, 2020, Stauber hosted Trump in a visit to his district, attending a rally of about 3,000 people at the Duluth International Airport. Along with two of his Minnesota Republican House colleagues, Stauber rode with Trump on Air Force One.[29] After it was determined that Stauber had interacted with people who tested positive for COVID-19 in Washington D.C., including Trump, Stauber took a Delta flight in violation of Delta’s rules, potentially exposing the other passengers to the virus.[30]

In December 2020, Stauber was one of 126 Republican members of the House of Representatives to sign an amicus brief in support of Texas v. Pennsylvania, a lawsuit filed at the United States Supreme Court contesting the results of the 2020 presidential election, in which Joe Biden defeated[31] incumbent Donald Trump. The Supreme Court declined to hear the case on the basis that Texas lacked standing under Article III of the Constitution to challenge the results of an election held by another state.[32][33][34]

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued a statement that called signing the amicus brief an act of “election subversion.” She also reprimanded Stauber and the other House members who supported the lawsuit: “The 126 Republican Members that signed onto this lawsuit brought dishonor to the House. Instead of upholding their oath to support and defend the Constitution, they chose to subvert the Constitution and undermine public trust in our sacred democratic institutions.”[35][36] New Jersey Representative Bill Pascrell, citing section three of the 14th Amendment, called for Pelosi to not seat Stauber and the other Republicans who signed the brief supporting the suit, arguing that “the text of the 14th Amendment expressly forbids Members of Congress from engaging in rebellion against the United States. Trying to overturn a democratic election and install a dictator seems like a pretty clear example of that.”[37]

Committee assignments

Caucus memberships

Electoral history

Republican primary results, 2018
Republican Pete Stauber 44,814 89.9
RepublicanHarry Welty5,02110.1
Total votes49,835 100.0
Minnesota’s 8th congressional district, 2018
Republican Pete Stauber 159,364 50.7
Democratic (DFL)Joe Radinovich141,94845.2
IndependenceRay “Skip” Sandman12,7414.0
Total votes314,209 100.0
Republican gain from Democratic (DFL)
Minnesota’s 8th congressional district, 2020[41]
Republican Pete Stauber (incumbent) 223,432 56.7
Democratic (DFL)Quinn Nystrom147,85337.6
GrassrootsJudith Schwartzbacker22,1905.6
Total votes393,711 100.0
Republican hold

Personal life

Of German ancestry, Stauber lives in Hermantown, where he and his family belong to the St. Lawrence Catholic Church.[42] While on police duty in 1995, he was shot and lightly wounded in the head when a bullet entered his squad car.[43][17][44]


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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Minnesota’s 8th congressional district

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