Here's what you need to know about Tom Emmer, a Republican member of the House of Representatives from Minnesota

Here's what you need to know about Tom Emmer, a Republican member of the House of Representatives from Minnesota who was nominated for the position of Speaker of the House of Representatives:

Who is Tom Emmer? Tom Emmer is a 62-year-old resident of Delano, Minnesota. He has been married to his wife, Jackie, for over 30 years, and they have seven adult children—six boys and one girl. He also has a background as a former collegiate hockey player at the University of Alaska.

What is Tom Emmer's Biography? Before entering politics, Tom Emmer worked as a lawyer in his own legal firm. He also served on the city councils of Independence and Delano.

What is Tom Emmer's Political Background? Tom Emmer was elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2004 and served there until 2010 when he ran for the position of governor. He narrowly lost that race to Democrat Mark Dayton by less than 9,000 votes.

In 2014, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Minnesota's 6th congressional district, succeeding former Representative Michele Bachmann. He was re-elected in 2018 and 2022.

In 2019, he was appointed as the chair of the National Republican Congressional Committee and was elected as the House Minority Leader in 2022.

Where Does Tom Emmer Represent? Tom Emmer represents Minnesota's 6th congressional district, which includes parts of central and eastern Minnesota. It encompasses portions of Anoka, Benton, Carver, Hennepin, Sherburne, Stearns, and Wright counties.

How Did Tom Emmer Become a Candidate for Speaker of the House of Representatives? Before the resignation of Kevin McCarthy, Tom Emmer voiced his full support for the former Speaker and stated that he was not interested in "palace intrigue," despite his name being mentioned as a possible replacement.

Initially, Emmer endorsed Representative Steve Scalise of Louisiana as McCarthy's replacement and indicated that he intended to run for the position of House Majority Leader. When Scalise's and Representative Jim Jordan's proposals failed, Emmer entered the fray.

Emmer became a candidate for the position of Speaker after five rounds of secret voting at the House Republican conference on Tuesday. He received 117 votes compared to 97 votes for Representative Mike Johnson.

Please note that the situation mentioned in the text may have evolved since my last knowledge update in September 2021.