ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Five things to know about Rep. Kurt Daudt, who was picked Friday by the newly crowned GOP majority to be House speaker:


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Daudt, 41, got his political start on the Stanford Township board and was later an Isanti County commissioner. His first exposure to statewide politics was as an aide to the 2000 re-election campaign of then U.S. Sen. Rod Grams. Daudt helped manage a GOP gubernatorial campaign in 2010, the same year he won a state House seat.


Daudt’s new role will put even more pressure on him to shepherd a caucus with a tendency to splinter, but he’s had some experience making sales. Daudt used to sell cars, and remains a car buff with a pair of vintage Ford Broncos he’s fixing up.

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Farmers are a diminishing share of the Minnesota Legislature, but Daudt is likely to connect with those who remain. He lives on a 62-acre hobby farm east of Zimmerman, which his grandparents homesteaded in the 1930s. The farm has seven beef cattle and 22 acres of tillable land. His brother also has a house on the property.


A bachelor, Daudt is fond of talking about his two black Labrador retrievers, Lucy and Daisy. And he’s the second “Kurt” in a row to be Republican House speaker after Rep. Kurt Zellers in 2011-12. Both attended the University of North Dakota.

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