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Drazkowski set to take Sviggum’s seat

published 8/8/2007
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Republican Steve Drazkowski is set to become the newest member of the Minnesota House of Representatives following his victory over DFL opponent Linda Pfeilsticker in Tuesday’s special election.

In a closely watched race that followed on the heels of the Interstate 35W bridge collapse and subsequent calls for a special session to deal with transportation funding, Drazkowski beat Pfeilsticker 3,762-3,333 (53 to 47 percent), allowing House Republicans to retain their small but veto-sustaining 49-85 minority.

Drazkowski, a 42-year-old cable contractor from Wabasha, will replace former House Speaker Steve Sviggum (R-Kenyon), who resigned in June to become commissioner of labor and industry.

The win cements Republican control of District 28B, which Sviggum held for 29 years.

Speaking at a press conference, Drazkowski described himself as having a background “firmly seated in agriculture and education.” He mentioned taxes, education, health care and transportation as being among his top priorities.

House Minority Leader Marty Seifert (R-Marshall) called the election results “a fairly comfortable win.”

No date and time has been set for Drazkowski’s official swearing-in ceremony.

- Nick Busse

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