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    May 28

    Lawmaker finds new realities in return to Congress

    Minnesota’s Rick Nolan, back after 32 years, decries disunity, focus on money

    Rick Nolan left Congress in 1981 and went back to farming. But in 2012 he returned to politics and now he's back in the House, after the longest gap between two terms in congressional history.

    CANDIDATE SPENDING VS. NON-PARTY INDEPENDENT EXPENDITURE

    NOTE: All figures adjusted for inflation, in 2013 dollars.

    SOURCES: Campaign Finance Institute, Bureau Of Labor Statistics

    HOW NOLAN'S SPENDING CHANGED

    2012 Minnesota 8th Congressional District

    1978 Minnesota 6th Congressional district

    NOTE: 1978 figures adjusted for inflation using Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates. The congressional districts are different because of redistricting that took place over the past several decades.

    SOURCES: Center For Responsive Politics, FEC

    House days in session

    SOURCE: Congressional Record

    Bills enacted into law

    SOURCE: Congressional Record

    Patrick Garvin/Globe Staff