B.A. in Political Science and Economics, St. Cloud State University;
J.D., William Mitchell School of Law
KEY HEALTH LINK
Fischbach served on the Health and Human Services Finance and Policy Committee in the Senate.
Lt. Governor of Minnesota, 2018-2019; President of the Minnesota Senate, 2011-2013 and 2017-2018; Minnesota State Senator (13th district) 2013-2018); Minnesota State Senator (14th district) 1996-2013
2020 ELECTION CONTEXT
Fischbach received a majority of the votes in the Republican primary for Minnesota’s 7th Congressional District, running in a field with four other Republicans. She defeated incumbent Democrat Collin Peterson for the U.S. House seat.
Collin Peterson (D), defeated in re-election bid
MOST RECENT PROFESSION
Lt. Governor of Minnesota
Fischbach is the first Republican to hold this district’s seat in thirty years. Fischbach was first elected to office in 1996 during a special State Senate election following the incumbent Senator, Joe Bertram, resigning from office. She served until 2018; in that time, she served as State Senate President (first woman) twice. In 2018, Fischbach ascended to the lieutenant governorship of Minnesota when sitting Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith was appointed to Minnesota’s empty U.S. Senate seat due to the resignation of incumbent Democratic Senator Al Franken. In 2018, former Republican Governor Tim Pawlenty, in the midst of his campaign for a third term, announced Fischbach as his running mate. Pawlenty and Fischbach were defeated in the Republican gubernatorial primary. Fischbach served on a number of committees over her tenure including: Finance, Health and Human Services Finance and Policy, Higher Education Finance and Policy (which she chaired), Rules and Administration and Commerce.
On The Issues
Fischbach opposes Minnesota Governor Tim Walz's emergency powers and executive orders intended to limit the spread of the COVID-19. Fischbach has described Governor Walz's powers as "one man rule" in Minnesota. She does not believe in "a one-size-fits-all national mask mandate."
Fischbach wants the ACA repealed and replaced. Fischbach has stated, "Obamacare was a disaster that took important health care choices away from millions of Americans. I will... protect the promises we have made to our seniors and pass patient-centered reforms that increase competition and lower costs, without sacrificing protections for individuals with preexisting conditions." She wants medical care price transparency and wants to see telehealth options expanded. She also supports association health plans.
Fischbach opposes the legalization of marijuana and has received an F rating from NORML.
MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTION
In 2018, Fischbach was one of six Minnesota state senators who chose to vote against a bill which would have imposed "$20 million in annual fees on pharmaceutical companies to fund prevention and treatment programs and county social services to address the opioid addiction epidemic."
When asked how she would work as a member of Congress to lower the cost of prescription drugs, Fischbach stated: "There are many good proposals for addressing the cost of prescription drugs. We can establish an out-of-pocket cap and allow seniors to spread their out-of-pocket expenses across the entire calendar year. Any discounts negotiated by pharmacy benefit managers should absolutely be passed along to the consumer. We can also stop 'pay for delay,' when drug manufacturers pay generic drug manufacturers to keep their lower cost alternatives out of pharmacies."
VETERANS HEALTH CARE
Fischbach has stated: "After serving, our Veterans deserve to be welcomed home with honor by a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that puts them and their families first... I will fight for our Veterans to ensure they have access to world-class health care and workforce development programs."
Fischbach is pro-life but would permit abortions to protect the life of the mother. She supports the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act and opposes funding for Planned Parenthood coming from any level of government. Fischbach has received a 100% lifetime rating from Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life and has been endorsed by pro-life organizations such as National Right to Life and the Susan B. Anthony List. Her husband, Scott, has served as the Executive Director of the Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life for nearly twenty years.
OTHER HEALTH CARE ISSUES
Fischbach wants to look "at waste created by duplicative and ineffective programs and [will] always be on guard to root out fraud and abuse." She supports Medicare covering all COVID-related health care costs, better testing and better public health measures in nursing homes. She supports home-based health care as an option and "will make sure that seniors who remain in their homes can receive high-quality care and comfort when they have these problems."
Fischbach introduced unsuccessful legislation in the MN Senate to authorize stiripentol, an investigational drug be used if no other drug was working to treat Dravet syndrome, as well as a bill increase the tax deduction for long-term care insurance to help ease what she believes is a large problem.
DID YOU KNOW?
Fischbach met her husband, Scott, while working on a campaign for former U.S. Senator Rudy Boschwitz. Her husband Scott is the Executive Director of Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life.