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Why I’m Running

America is at a crossroads. We are facing challenges at home and abroad that we could never have imagined. My 32 years of service to our country in the Army has given me a unique perspective and set of leadership skills that are going to be needed to move America forward. We need to make sure that the federal government does what it is supposed to and leaves the rest to the state.

Steve Toft with wife


Steve was born and raised on a farm in West Central Wisconsin where he learned the value of hard work at an early age. After graduating from Osseo-Fairchild high school and working his way through college at the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire, Steve enlisted in the U.S. Army. His Army career spanned 32 years where he worked his way from Private to Colonel.

Successfully presiding over numerous commands and earning many high level awards, Steve gained expertise and experience that few can match. It also gave him a unique perspective on the challenges facing our country. Running a large, complex healthcare system, serving in active war zones, responding to natural disasters and working with the Veterans Administration have positioned Steve to be the clear choice to represent the 3rd District in Washington.

During his Army career, Steve met and married his wife Carla. Since retiring from the service, Steve and Carla have returned home to Osseo. They have two grown children, Stephanie and Austin.

Steve Toft hunting


Federal Government: More Power to States, People

Washington is in serious need of new leadership. Career politicians and government bureaucrats have contributed to the explosion of the federal debt and deficit, which continue to rise and threaten the success of future generations. We need leaders like Steve Toft to seriously look at every function of the federal government and ask if this is the best use of taxpayers' hard-earned money. Steve is an ardent advocate of the 10th Amendment, which empowers state governments. It's time to rein in Washington, DC, and give more power back to the states and the people.

Health Care: Lower Costs. More Options

Steve's leadership abilities resulted in his promotion to the rank of Colonel in the United States Army where he ran a large scale, complex health care system. He knows first-hand the steps required to fix health care in this country. His lifetime of expertise and experience is needed for Congress to fulfill its promise to repeal ObamaCare and institute a market-based system that drives down costs and provides more health care options for families in Wisconsin's 3rd Congressional District. Congress needs Steve's expertise and strong leadership to get the job done.

Veterans: Keeping Our Promises

Our fighting men and women deserve the best from a grateful nation. Too often our promises have gone unfulfilled and our veterans have been left holding the bag. A veteran himself, Steve has seen the best and worst of our support system. While many are receiving great care, too many are left out in the cold without the help they deserve. He supports a top to bottom review of the Department of Veterans Affairs to ensure veterans receive the care they deserve and expect.

Tax Reform: Strengthening Our Middle Class

Our tax code is broken. Career politicians have turned our tax laws into Swiss cheese, and the middle class has suffered as a result. The current laws were written to protect those that are well connected and have the tools to take advantage of a system written by special interests. We need to create a simpler, fairer system that promotes real wage growth and doesn't pick winners and losers. By reforming the tax code we can encourage entrepreneurism, boost the economy and let families keep more of their hard-earned money.

Jobs: Creating a Stronger Economy

There's no better way to strengthen families and communities than through a robust economy and good paying jobs. Steve is committed to reviewing and rolling back government regulations that hamper job growth and stifle economic development. In addition, tax cuts, energy development, and fair trade deals will help expand the economy for agricultural producers and manufacturers in Western Wisconsin. Steve's goal is to help create an environment for job creation that will benefit workers and raise wages.

Steve Toft in Uniform

Term Limits: Returning Power to the People

Too many politicians are content to ride the power of incumbency and make their time in Washington a career. We need to return to the idea of citizen legislators that bring real world experience to the legislative process and then return home to continue their careers. A government closer to the people, serves the people best. Career politicians like Ron Kind are content to spend decades in Congress with few accomplishments. Steve sees his time in Congress as the next phase in his service to America and if elected will limit his time to four terms.

Ron Kind: Career Politician

Families in the 3rd Congressional District deserve a strong voice in Washington, DC. But for nearly 22 years, Ron Kind has proven to be a backbench legislator who has sided with Nancy Pelosi over the interests of local families. With few legislative accomplishments, it's time for a change.

Steve Toft spent his life serving the America people in the United States Army both at home and overseas, and he rose to the rank of Colonel by taking on the toughest challenges and opportunities provided by the military. A highly decorated officer and a proven leader, Steve has the experience and leadership abilities to enact real reform in Washington and improve the lives of Western Wisconsin families.



Toft for Congress
PO Box 68
Osseo, WI 54758

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