Vice President Mike Pence will be in Lakeville on Thursday to visit Safety Signs, a company that provides roadway signs, barriers and other equipment for construction zones.
Pence’s office made the news of the visit official on Monday, three days in advance of President Donald Trump’s political rally at Target Center in Minneapolis.
Pence is expected to join Trump at the rally, which will be held at 7 p.m. The time of the Safety Signs event has not been released.
Safety Signs is led by company president Sue Blanchard and vice president Jay Blanchard.
Pence is a former Indiana governor and served six terms as a member of the U.S. House.
This is the second White House visit to Dakota County and the 2nd Congressional District this year. In April, Trump visited Nuss Truck & Equipment in Burnsville for a business roundtable that was attended by small business owners from throughout the U.S.
Trump lost the popular vote in Minnesota by 1.5 percent, or 44,765 votes, in 2016 to Democrat Hillary Clinton.
“One more speech could have made the difference,” Trump said during the Burnsville visit, which was organized by the White House.
In 2016, Republican Jason Lewis won the 2nd District by 1.7 percent over Angie Craig, D-Eagan, to replace longtime Republican U.S. Rep. John Kline, of Burnsville.
Lewis lost in his 2018 rematch with Craig who was elected by a 5.5 percent margin. She carried Dakota County by 10.7 percent, as three incumbent Republican Minnesota House members in the newspaper’s coverage area lost their seats to Democrats.
Republican Rick Olson is the only candidate so far seeking the Republican’s endorsement for 2020 in the 2nd District. He is a former one-term state lawmaker from Michigan.
Lewis of Woodbury is seeking the Republican’s endorsement to run against Democratic U.S. Sen. Tina Smith.