Growing up, Andrew Beck’s interest in politics was inspired by two things – his mother and the television show “The West Wing,” about a U.S. president and his staff.
“My mom has always been involved in politics, there’s a photo of my brother and I with Senator Paul Wellstone when we were really young,” said Beck, the son of Wes and Karla Beck who operate a corn and soybean farm outside of St. James. “I liked ‘The West Wing’ because politics looked fun and made what people do in politics on an everyday basis look amazing.”
Now working as an intern for the Minnesota DFL Party, this is not Beck’s first experience in exploring his long-time interest. Beck’s first role in politics was as an intern for Congressman Tim Walz in his Mankato office working on agriculture issues. A 2011 graduate of Purdue University with a double major in agriculture economics and politics, Beck was part of President Obama’s campaign in 2008 and involved with the College Democrats. Prior to graduating, Beck spent time again working for Congressman Walz, this time in the Washington D.C. office.
“Working on Capitol Hill is a special thing to do,” Beck said. “At the end of my second day, I was walking through Statutory Hall and Congressman Barney Frank was talking to reporters. It’s one of those pinch yourself moments.”
Before coming to the Minnesota DFL, Beck also did an internship with Minnesotans United for All Families, the campaign behind the defeat of the constitutional amendment question regarding marriage on the 2012 ballot.
Through that internship, Beck gained experience in a number of areas including communication, events, field work, and operations. His time with the Minnesota DFL has been dedicated to party affairs, developing a new website for the organization and research.
For other young people interested in politics, Beck recommends volunteering and internships.
“The best way you can get your foot in the door is to show that you are willing to put the hours in by knocking doors, making phone calls and just working hard,” Beck said.
Beck looks forward to gaining more experience as he works to help the Minnesota DFL build the party and win elections.
“I couldn’t be more excited to work with the great team DFL Chairman Ken Martin has built,” he said.