For immediate release:
Monday, June 15, 2020
Dan Feehan issues the following statement on ongoing proposals to reform the criminal justice system:
(North Mankato, MN) – Today, Dan Feehan, candidate for Congress in Minnesota’s First Congressional District, shared a statement on ongoing proposals to reform the criminal justice system.
“I oppose defunding or abolishing the police. The past few weeks have shown a groundswell of support calling on Congress to make all of our communities safer and more equitable. This means reforming and reimagining the criminal justice system, the education system, and the healthcare system, all of which have perpetuated structural racism for hundreds of years,” said Feehan. “In particular, we need to address the inequities in these systems that disproportionately affect our black neighbors. To oppose systemic change is to deny our Constitutional obligation to strive for a more perfect Union.”
Born in Minnesota, Dan Feehan grew up north of Rochester. Dan was inspired into service after witnessing the terrorist attacks on the Pentagon on September 11, 2001 while he was a college student. He committed himself to military service in the coming months, signing up for Army ROTC so he could do his part to protect the nation’s security. From 2005 through 2009, he served as an active duty soldier and completed two combat tours of duty as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. In Iraq, Dan searched for roadside bombs and his service earned him the Bronze Star for Service, the Army Commendation Medal with Valor, and the Ranger Tab.
Even as his military duty was ending, Dan knew his dedication to service was only beginning a new chapter. He felt a new calling to serve children at home as a middle school math teacher. Following his time teaching, Dan became an acting Assistant Secretary of Defense in the Pentagon. In that position, he worked tirelessly to ensure that our millions of service members were ready to fight, and that they had the tools to lead a quality life as veterans after their service was over. He worked diligently with Members of Congress to ensure policy proposals had the best impact possible.
His experiences as a soldier, teacher, and Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense taught him the enormous impact public policy has on the lives of everyday people, and Dan hopes to use that wisdom as a lawmaker.
Dan and his wife Amy, live in North Mankato with their two young boys, Conor and Declan, and their newborn daughter, Maeve.