Left: Rep. Michelle Fischbach/U.S. House; Right: Steve Boyd/Steve Boyd for House

Republican Rep. Michelle Fischbach will face a primary challenger in Minnesota’s Seventh Congressional District next year.

Steve Boyd, a homeschool father of five and a business owner, announced his campaign against Fischbach Oct. 2.

“We can’t keep electing the same politicians, proposing the same solutions, giving the same excuses and expect different results,” said Boyd. “We have to expect more conviction from our representatives to stand for what is right and we have to expect more from the people to live, promote and teach those values at home.”

“We should be championing issues that matter to ordinary conservatives, especially fighting back against the left’s war on Christianity and our Constitution. I admire Rep. Fischbach’s determination to making a career out of holding onto public office since the late 1900s, but with the problems we are facing in this nation, business as usual just won’t get it done,” he added.

Boyd held a campaign kick-off event Oct. 28 at Harvest Church in Alexandria, Minn., where  over 200 supporters gathered.

“I think we all know where our rights come from,” Boyd told his supporters during the event. “They come from God. That means the government doesn’t get to dictate what those rights are. And we have to understand the proper order. Those rights come from God to us, and we empower the government with our consent to protect those rights.”

While Boyd and Fischbach have many similar stances regarding abortion, the Second Amendment, and border security on their campaign websites, Boyd contends that change is needed in Washington, D.C.

“The simple but stark difference between Rep. Fischbach and myself can be simplified to conviction and solutions,” Boyd said in a statement to Alpha News. “My conservative principles come from my faith in God, not the party. My belief system requires me to stand for what is true and good, not what is politically safe.”

He explained his belief that in order to turn the country around, what’s needed is leaders who believe that liberty and responsibility come from God. “It comes from God, not government, and a moral framework grounded in Biblical truth is a prerequisite for self-government,” Boyd said. “Fischbach and many Republicans in Congress will tell you the key to change is simply a Republican majority and another piece of legislation with a clever name. We’ve tried that method for years, look where we are at.”

Boyd said that politicians can’t keep playing it safe. “Representatives from strong conservative districts like the 7th district of Minnesota have to lead the charge for reviving liberty. I am willing to do that, Fischbach hasn’t proven she is,” he said.

Fischbach was first elected to serve in the Minnesota Senate in 1996, where she continued to serve until 2018. In 2018, as president of the Senate, she ascended to the position of lieutenant governor when Democratic Lt. Gov. Tina Smith was appointed to the U.S. Senate following the resignation of Al Franken.

She was first elected to Congress in 2020 when she defeated longtime DFL incumbent Collin Peterson. She was endorsed in the 2022 election by former President Donald Trump and was the only Republican from Minnesota currently serving in Congress who objected to the certification of the 2020 election results.

“An opponent doesn’t change any plans for the Congresswoman. She will continue to stay connected to our large, rural district and advocate for their concerns and values in Washington, D.C.,” a spokesperson for Fischbach told Alpha News.


Hayley Feland

Hayley Feland previously worked as a journalist with The Minnesota Sun, The Wisconsin Daily Star, and The College Fix. She is a Minnesota native with a passion for politics and journalism.

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