Rep. Chip Cravaack (R-Minn.) was a stay-at-home dad before he ran for Congress, allowing his wife, Traci, to travel on business. But Cravaack's schedule as a House member and her obligation to spend more time at her company's Boston office because of a promotion there has reportedly put stress on the family, so Traci and their children will move to New Hampshire to be near her work.
The family is in the process of buying two homes — one in North Branch, in the southern portion of the district, and another in New Hampshire. Cravaack told the Mesabi Daily, a local paper, that because of his and his wife's hectic schedules, his two pre-teen boys had to be left with a babysitter, and that the move was a way to improve the situation.
Cravaack will spend most of his time in Minnesota, and while his sons will attend school in New Hampshire they will spend their summers back in the Gopher State, according to Cravaack adviser Ben Golnik.
Cravaack was one of the surprise victories Republicans pulled off in the last election: despite being outspent three-to-one by longtime incumbent Rep. James Oberstar (D-Minn.), Cravaack won by a narrow 48 percent to 47 percent margin. At the time, Cravaack called his win a "miracle."
Democrats see him as one of their biggest targets. The Iron Range district has gone for both President Obama and Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) in past presidential elections, and has a long history of stridently supporting liberals, although the southern part of the district is made up of fast-growing and more conservative Twin Cities exurbs.
The district is unlikely to change much, as Minnesota's redistricting process will likely be done by the courts because of split partisan control of the state, but since Cravaack lives on the district's southern edge and isn't moving far, there is a small chance his new home might not be in the district.