Hagedorn said by announcing his plans early he can do the fundraising and campaigning necessary to pose a serious to challenge to 1st District DFL Rep. Tim Walz.
"Sometimes it takes more than one run on the ballot in order to get as well known as you need to be and raise the kind of funding you need to and continue to meet with people and get your message out," he said.
Hagedorn made his first bid for the seat in 2010 but dropped out after failing to win the Republican Party's endorsement. Four years later, he lost the party's endorsement to Byron Army veteran Aaron Miller. After initially dropping out of the race, Hagedorn jumped back in six weeks after the endorsing convention and went on to win an upset victory over Miller in the August Republican Primary. He ended up losing to Walz 54 percent to 46 percent.
This time around, Hagedorn said he's announcing four months earlier than he did during the last election cycle so he can build the support and raise the funds necessary to take on the Mankato Democrat. He also noted that he received the highest percentage of the vote so far of any challenger who has taken on Walz since he won the 1st District seat in 2006.
Hagedorn said during his time in Washington, Walz has failed to represent the best interests of the southern Minnesota district.
"The country is in trouble. He has embraced the big government, high regulatory, high taxation policies of President Obama," Hagedorn said.
During the campaign, Hagedorn said he will focus on the need to defend the U.S. from terrorists, get rid of excessive regulations, support family farms and secure the nation's borders. He said a major concern is the increase of immigrants coming into the country illegally, which is resulting in "a downward pressure on wages and it is making people have a hard time getting good jobs."
Asked if he plans to abide by the Republican endorsement, Hagedorn said he will work to win over GOP delegates, but he's not making any pledges at this time.
Hagedorn, 52, is the son of former Minnesota Congressman Tom Hagedorn. He previously worked for Minnesota Congressman Arlan Stangeland and for the U.S. Treasury Department. Hagedorn moved back to Minnesota in 2009. He worked in business for awhile but has since retired.
In response to Hagedorn's announcement, Minnesota DFL Chairman Ken Martin said, "Jim Hagedorn is a two-time failed congressional candidate and Washington insider who only moved to Minnesota to run for office. He made it clear in 2014 that his priority is toeing the Tea Party line and partisan politics."
Other potential GOP candidates for the 1st District seat include Rep. Tony Cornish of Good Thunder and Miller. Cornish said shortly after the 2014 election he was considering a run for the seat. Miller, who is currently chairman of the Republican Party of Olmsted County, said he is not ruling out a run.
"We’ve had folks that are trying to encourage us to jump in. We’re not ruling anything out right now. I think there is still a lot of time over the summer to make that decision," Miller said.