Tyler Kistner was born and raised in Minnesota. He recently got off active duty after nine years of service in the U.S. Marine Corps. Tyler served in the elite Marine Special Operations Forces, the Marine Raiders.
He came from humble beginnings where he learned the values of faith, family, and hard work. He attended Champlin Park High School, where he met his high school sweetheart and now wife, Marie. Tyler graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor’s degree in History. He later went back to school and earned a Masters of Arts in International Relations from New England College.
Shortly after graduation, Tyler commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps to fulfill his passion and desire to give back and serve this great nation. He has carried with him that sense of servant leadership and faith through his time in the U.S. Marine Corps and Special Operations Command to serve others and our country before himself.
Tyler served on four overseas tours, commanding over 500 U.S. and partner nation personnel on numerous counterterrorism and counter China / Russia aggression operations, maintaining command and control over several Special Operations programs totaling over $100 million in budget and assets. Tyler operated in high stress situations where he maintained command and control in complex and chaotic environments, orchestrating several initiatives simultaneously to achieve mission success. Tyler gained a substantial amount of foreign policy experience during his time in the Marines, and that will serve our district well in Congress.
Like so many Americans, Tyler became frustrated with the gridlock and constant partisanship in Congress. Tyler Kistner decided to run for Congress to build a better, safer, and more prosperous future for our generation and future generations to come. He will bring his experience and integrity as a Marine Veteran to Congress, which is needed now more than ever.
Tyler and his wife, Marie, live in Prior Lake with their three-year-old daughter, Elodie, and their son Gabriel.