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3rd District candidate Aswhin Madia had lapsed law license

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Ashwin Madia, the DFL candidate running for the seat currently held by retiring U.S. Rep. Jim Ramstad, R-Minn. reinstated his law license Wednesday, one month after it lapsed.
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(AP) - Democrat Ashwin Madia paid $304 including late fees to reinstate a suspended state law license on Wednesday, a lapse his campaign staff described as an oversight.

      Court records posted online showed the license expired on July 1. Campaign manager Stuart Rosenberg said the campaign didn't learn about it until Wednesday, when Madia renewed the license in person.

      Minnesota Supreme Court spokeswoman Lissa Finne said Madia paid in full and was reinstated.

      Campaign spokesman Abe Rakov said Madia hasn't practiced law since October, when he left a position at the Minneapolis law firm of Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi to campaign full-time for U.S. House in Minnesota's 3rd District.

      He is running for an open seat against Republican Erik Paulsen and the Independence Party's David Dillon.

      Rosenberg said the license lapsed because renewal letters went to Madia's parents' house, which he listed as his home address while serving in Iraq in 2006. Rosenberg said Madia's parents overlooked the mail.

      The candidate paid $229 plus a $75 late fee to reactivate his license.

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