(Prior Lake, Minnesota) --- Today Minnesota State Representative Tony Albright (R-Prior Lake) announced his resignation from the House of Representatives. He served District 55B for ten years, which includes the cities of Jordan, Prior Lake, parts of Shakopee, and the townships of St. Lawrence, Sand Creek, Spring Lake, and Credit River. Rep. Albright’s letter of resignation can be found here. His resignation is effective this Friday, August 5.
Rep. Albright is the Republican Lead on the House Human Services Finance and Policy Committee, in addition to a member of the Higher Education Finance & Policy and Ways and Means Committees. He was appointed Speaker Pro Tempore during the 2017-2018 biennium Legislative Session.
Rep. Albright said, “Today I am announcing my resignation from the Minnesota House of Representatives. It has been an honor and privilege of a lifetime to serve Prior Lake, Jordan, and surrounding townships in House District 55B for the last ten years. I have been blessed beyond measure.
As the Lead Republican on the House Human Services and Finance and Policy Committee, we worked on some of the most critical issues facing our state, such as childcare and elder care, while fighting to keep health insurance costs low for all Minnesotans.
This past session, I’m proud to have co-chief authored legislation (which passed) that increases public safety by providing more mental health services to criminal defendants deemed incompetent to stand trial, aiming to close the “treatment gap.”
I’m proud of my work on the Pension Commission, the Pension Reform Act, significant worker compensation reform legislation, and leading efforts for presumptive language for first responders. Lastly, I’m grateful to help secure additional road transportation funding for my growing district and working to make government function more efficiently and effectively.”
Republican Leader Kurt Daudt said, “Rep. Albright has been a thoughtful leader and a valued member of our caucus and the Minnesota House. He was a great public servant for Prior Lake and Jordan and I wish him the best in his next chapter.”
Rep. Albright’s resignation will not trigger a special election or other contingencies. Minnesota Statute Section 204D.17 notes that if the legislature will not be in session before the expiration of the vacant term, no special election is required.
Rep. Albright is married to his wife, Marianne. They have three children and reside in Prior Lake, Minnesota in the southwest part of the Twin Cities.