Heard on the Hill: Member Moves His Family Out of His State

Posted July 18, 2011 at 8:20pm

Minnesota freshman and tea party darling Rep. Chip Cravaack (R) announced Saturday that he will be moving his family to New Hampshire, which is not a place in or close to Minnesota.

Cravaack spokesman Ben Golnik told the Minneapolis Star Tribune last weekend that the family will be moving from Minnesota to New Hampshire because the Congressman’s wife, Traci, got a promotion at her health care firm that requires her to work from the Boston office.

Cravaack will will be buying a new home in North Branch, Minn.

Golnik told the Star Tribune that because of their jobs, neither parent was able to be in Minnesota during the week. In an interview with the paper in June, Cravaack confirmed that juggling the couple’s travel schedules and caring for their two sons was the most difficult part of his job.

We would imagine this new schedule might be especially difficult for Cravaack, who was a stay-at-home dad (and a retired airline pilot) before he took office, as he and his staff begin to gear up for a tough re-election bid.

Regardless, the Congressman says he plans to maintain his district schedule and will visit his family in New Hampshire on “off-Sundays.” (As an aside, stuff one should never bet on: having predictable weekends while Congress is in session or during a campaign.)

Cravaack unseated 36-year incumbent Rep. James Oberstar (D) after hammering him repeatedly for being “out of touch” with Minnesotans — but at least the guy lived in the state, no?

Correction: July 19, 2011

An earlier version of this article misstated that Rep. Chip Cravaack (R-Minn.) will be moving his family to North Branch, N.H. Cravaack’s wife and sons will be moving to New Hampshire, while Cravaack will be buying a new home in North Branch, Minn.