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Dan Feehan (politician)

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Dan Feehan
A portrait of Dan in front of a natural background.
Democratic candidate for
Minnesota 1st Congressional District
Election date
November 6, 2018
Personal details
Daniel Patrick Feehan

(1982-07-23) July 23, 1982 (age 38)
Saint Paul, Minnesota, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Amy Feehan
ResidenceNorth Mankato, Minnesota
Alma materGeorgetown University (BS)
Harvard University (MPP)
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/serviceUnited States Army
Years of service2005–2009
Unit4th Infantry Division,
1-66 Armor Battalion
Battles/warsIraq War
AwardsBronze Star Medal ribbon.svg Bronze Star Medal
Army Commendation Medal ribbon.svg Commendation Medal with Valor
Ranger Tab.svg Ranger Tab

Daniel Patrick Feehan (born July 23, 1982) is a former teacher, Army veteran, and Pentagon official. He is the Democratic-Farmer-Labor (DFL) endorsed congressional candidate for the seat in the United States House of Representatives for Minnesota's 1st Congressional District in the 2018 midterm elections.

Early life[edit]

Dan Feehan was born in St. Paul, Minnesota on July 23rd, 1982, the son of Patrick Feehan, an attorney, and Carrie Feehan, a mental health counselor. Feehan grew up in Red Wing, Minnesota as the older of two siblings.


Feehan attended the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in International Politics in 2005.[1] After serving in the military and teaching middle school math for several years, he continued his education at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where he studied urban poverty and veterans policy,[2] and graduated with a Masters Degree in Public Policy in 2013.[1]

Military service[edit]

According to his campaign website, Feehan witnessed the September 11th attacks on the Pentagon while he was in college in Washington,[3] propelling him to enroll in Georgetown's ROTC program. After graduating, Feehan completed Ranger School and was commissioned as a second lieutenant.[4]

Feehan served two combat tours during Operation Iraqi Freedom as a part of the 4th Infantry Division. During his first tour in 2006, Feehan led a platoon finding and disarming roadside bombs. During his second tour in 2008-2009, Feehan led a sniper/scout team pursuing insurgents. Feehan received the Bronze Star for Service, the Army Commendation Medal with Valor, and the Ranger Tab.[2][1]

Public service[edit]

Feehan as a Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense

Following his military service, Feehan spent a summer teaching first-graders in Chicago’s South Side before moving to Gary, Indiana where he spent two years teaching in underserved communities as a middle school math teacher.[5]

Feehan was then accepted as a part of the 2013-2014 class of White House Fellows under President Barack Obama for his strong commitment to public service and leadership.[2]

After the completion of his fellowship, Feehan remained a part of the Obama administration as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Readiness) at the Pentagon.[1]


According to his campaign, Feehan has been endorsed by former vice-presidents Joe Biden and Walter Mondale, congressmen Seth Moulton and Tim Walz, as well as End Citizens United, AFL-CIO, Education Minnesota, the League of Conservation Voters, and the Human Rights Campaign.[3] Feehan has refused to accept donations from Political Action Committees.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Dan Feehan and his wife Amy married in 2011. They have two sons, Conor and Declan. Feehan lives in North Mankato, MN.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Daniel P. Feehan > U.S. Department of Defense > Biography View". dod.defense.gov. Retrieved 2018-09-17.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "White House Appoints 2013-2014 Class of White House Fellows". whitehouse.gov. 2013-08-27. Retrieved 2018-09-17.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Meet Dan", Dan Feehan for Congress, 2018.
  4. "Dan Feehan for Congress". VoteVets.org. Retrieved 2018-09-17.
  5. "'How Good a Teacher I Am Matters': Daniel Feehan's Road from TFA to the Obama Administration | Teach For America". Teach For America. Retrieved 2018-09-17.
  6. Linehan, Dan, "Feehan outraises 1st District opponents". Mankato Free Press, July 22, 2018.

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