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.
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
Audio & Video: Watch the press conference
Latest Session Daily stories
Incoming House leadership announces 2015-16 committee membership (12/18/2014 4:05:00 PM) Human rights claim possible, Housing committee learns (12/5/2014 4:08:00 PM) Forecast message: ‘We’re leaving you in pretty good shape’ (12/5/2014 12:36:00 PM) Billion dollar surplus anticipated for new biennium (12/4/2014 10:07:00 AM) House committee schedule released for 2015-16 biennium (11/26/2014 12:57:00 PM) New House committee structure unveiled (11/18/2014 11:19:00 AM) Daudt is Republican choice for speaker; Peppin majority leader (11/7/2014 3:08:00 PM) Thissen to continue leading DFL in minority (11/6/2014 9:24:00 PM) Voters return Republicans to power in House (11/5/2014 9:02:00 AM) Mathiowetz to retire as House chief clerk (11/3/2014 3:28:00 PM) Joint committee seeks answer to rail congestion (9/30/2014 5:11:00 PM)