Each week The Free Press has a feature titled "How They Voted" that lists major legislative issues and how local legislators voted on them.
A consistent and troubling pattern has emerged in the voting pattern of newly-elected congressman Jim Hagedorn.
A few weeks ago the Violence Against Women Act came up for renewal. This law has been in effect for over 25 years and has historically enjoyed bipartisan support. Hagedorn voted against it.
Similarly, the congressman voted against re-authorization of equal pay for equal work. This vote harms women and minorities.
Likewise, he voted against the return of net neutrality rules. His vote on this issue harms rural businesses that depend on internet access. The rules now favor large international businesses over rural local businesses.
Finally, his support of the Trump tariffs on agricultural products harms local farmers at a time when grain prices are so low as to make farming unprofitable in the region.
Hagedorn may claim he represents southern Minnesota values, but his votes on key issues say otherwise.