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Chip Cravaack

AKA Raymond Cravaack, Jr.

Born: 29-Dec-1959
Birthplace: Charleston, WV

Gender: Male
Religion: Roman Catholic
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Politician
Party Affiliation: Republican

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Congressman, Minnesota 8th

Military service: US Navy Reserve, Capt. (1981-2005)

Former Naval officer and airline pilot, elected to the US Congress in 2010, succeeding James Oberstar. "Tea Party" Republican. Never before held political office, and said he was inspired to run by listening to right-wing talk radio. Campaigned as a champion of conservative, free-market principles, and described his top priority as repealing the 2010 health care reform. Supports lowering the corporate tax rate, and eliminating the capital gains tax. Criticized the 2009 economic stimulus, cap and trade climate change legislation. First Republican to represent Minnesota's 8th District since 1947.

Father: Ray Cravaack
Mother: Concetta Ziccardi Cravaack (b. 1927, d. 2006)
Sister: Stephanie Cravaack Buthusiem
Son: John Cravaack (steel industry executive)
Son: Traci Cravaack (pharmaceutical executive, two sons)
Son: Nick Cravaack
Son: Grant Cravaack

    High School: St. Xavier High School, Cincinnati, OH (1977)
    University: BS, US Naval Academy (1981)
    University: MS Education, University of West Florida (night school)
    University: National Defense University (attended)
    University: US Naval War College (attended)

    US Congressman, Minnesota 8th (2011-)
    Northwest Airlines Pilot (1990-2007)
    Joint Service Commendation Medal
    Navy Achievement Medal
    Navy Commendation Medal
    Air Line Pilots Association
    Risk Factors: Sleep Apnea

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