Nearly 10 years ago, I raised my right hand and swore to defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic. Protecting our country was, and still is, the greatest honor of my life. After the 2016 election, I struggled with the changes I saw in my community. People didn't speak to their family members for weeks. I wondered how to continue a career in national security when issues of housing, food and economic security plagued too many families in my community and the nation as a whole. After nearly a decade in positions throughout the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, I no longer felt I was serving my country in the best way possible.

I left the federal government to explore my role in building a stronger future for the people of my district. As I enter my next chapter of public service, I can't promise to be a typical politician, but I can promise to continue serving the public interest in the best way I know how. I can promise to use my skills and training to gather all the facts and use all resources at my disposal to come to the best solutions possible for the 8th district. By the end of this summer, I hope to find that I’m the best person to represent our diverse interests. Regardless of the outcome, I promise to be here, working alongside all of you to find the best way forward for our district and our country.

Around the 8th in 80 days     

For too long, our communities have been sold solutions by politicians who didn't take the time to first understand the problem. So on June 16th, 2017, I set out on my motorcycle to spend 80 days listening to the residents of Minnesota's 8th district. If you're able, please meet me along the way or show me around your corner of our great district. Follow my journey at Let's talk about what makes our district so unique and how we can find a way to heal, moving into the future together.

You can also follow the tour on Twitter (@aroundthe8th), Instagram (aroundthe8th), and Facebook (@aroundthe8thin80days).

About Phifer

Leah Phifer grew up in Two Harbors before relocating to Isanti after high school. She comes from four generations of men who helped mold the Iron Range mining industry and four generations of women who built businesses from Two Harbors to Virginia, MN. A graduate of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Phifer has dedicated her career to national security in Minnesota for nearly a decade. She served at the Department of Homeland Security in 2008 before working in counter-terrorism for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. 

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  • endorsed

    “I support Leah Phifer because she listens to the people of MN CD8 and her positions look to a sustainable future for both the people and the district's natural resources”

  • endorsed

    “Ms. Phifer is precisely the person the 8th CD needs to lead us in diversifying our economy, protecting the interests of both city and rural people, and expanding stable, sustainable employment while protecting and perhaps restoring irreplaceable land and water resources for our children and grandchildren.”

  • endorsed

    “She is a delightful, intelligent and capable representative.”

October 12, 2017

Thank you for your support!


I wanted to take a moment to extend my sincere gratitude to you - the early supporters of the "Leah Phifer for Congress" campaign. As you may have heard by now, this exploratory campaign has gone official; I will be seeking the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party's endorsement to represent Minnesota's 8th Congressional District. This isn't a decision that was made lightly. It stemmed from months of conversations with people all over CD08, including many of you. 

This beautiful, unique corner of Minnesota is undergoing some changes. As with all changes, there are some growing pains. We must re-commit ourselves to listening to - and truly hearing - one another. Listening was at the forefront of my tour this summer, and what I heard led me to decide that we could all benefit from an inclusive, new voice in D.C. as we move into the future. We cannot afford to lose sight of our shared values while ironing out some differences. The country needs strong Democratic voices at the table more than ever right now. Thank you for helping propel this campaign forward and getting a strong voice for our values to D.C.

Once again, thank you for your early support of this campaign and please consider lending your continued support. CrowdPac will continue to accept donations on my behalf, so please share and donate as you're able. At this time, we are a volunteer-driven, grassroots campaign that can do a lot with a little - so please give a little or a lot! Please visit for more details and upcoming events!

Thank you so much,


June 7, 2017

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