ST. PAUL – State Rep. Bud Nornes, R-Fergus Falls, will be back in place as a higher education chairman when the Republicans assume their majority status in the House this January.
Nornes has accepted a position as chairman of the Higher Education Policy and Finance Committee. He has served seven years on higher education committees, including two as a chair when Republicans previously held the majority. Nornes will be working under the constraints of an economic downturn this time.
“I’m entering this session as chair optimistic that we can address the needs of all Minnesota students and institutions, even if the budget is tight,” Nornes said. “I am confident we can put partisanship aside so we can share common goals and come up with good ideas that will help us do what’s right; our colleges and universities are crucial in developing a competitive workforce. I am honored to chair this committee and look forward to working with all the new legislators and our new governor.”
Nornes was re-elected to an eighth House term earlier this month. He received his chairmanship appointment one day after the new Republican majority announced it was streamlining the committee structure in both bodies of the Legislature. The new design reduces legislative panels by about one-third, an effort to reduce the cost of government while improving productivity and making the process more transparent. The plan also emphasizes committee alignment between the House and Senate, making it easier to track legislation.
Nornes represents District 10A in the Minnesota House of Representatives, and can be reached at (800) 336-8017 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.