Up until 2004, Wetterling was been a reluctant celebrity, dragged into the spotlight 15 years ago when her 11-year-old son, Jacob, was abducted at gunpoint by a masked man. Jacob has never been found. Now a high-profile expert on child abuse and abduction issues, she's known for working amicably with both sides of the political aisle.
She's a former math teacher, soccer coach and Parent Teacher Association president. For 23 years, she served on the board of a local arts festival.
Patty Wetterling dropped out of the Senate race on January 20, 2006, throwing her support behind DFLer Amy Klobuchar in the process. Wetterling lost her initial attempt at elective politics in November 2004 when she was beaten by incumbent 6th District Rep. Mark Kennedy 54-to-46 percent. Should she survive a Democratic primary, she may be facing Kennedy again, this time for the Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Mark Dayton.
Married (Jerry). Four children (Trevor, Carmen, Amy. Son, Jacob was abducted in 1989 and has not been found.Resides in St. Joseph.
Founder of Jacob Wetterling Foundation. Former math teacher. Executive recruiter and consultant.
Bachelor's degree in math science from Minnesota State University-Mankato
Ran for House of Representatives in the 6th District, 2004, losing to Rep. Mark Kennedy.