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House Republicans Finalize Leadership Team

Monday, December 17, 2012
House Republicans Finalize Leadership Team St. Paul - House Republican Leader Kurt Daudt (Crown) announced today the appointment of Rep. Paul Torkelson (Hanska) as an Assistant Minority Leader. Rep. Torkelson was first elected in 2008 and was just re-elected to his third term. “Rep. Torkelson is widely respected in our caucus and is a great final addition to our leadership team. With his background in agriculture and rural economy issues, he brings valuable insight to the table especially when we are talking about job creation in Greater Minnesota. I'm proud to have him join our leadership team,” said Rep. Daudt. During the last biennium, Rep. Torkelson served as the Vice Chair of the House Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Policy and Finance Committee. Rep. Torkelson is a farmer, and he and his wife Cindy have two children. “I’m honored to be asked to serve as Assistant Minority Leader for our caucus and happy about the opportunity to return to the leadership team. I share Rep. Daudt’s goal of making Minnesota more attractive for job creators so we can grow our economy and get people back to work. I look forward to working with him and with the rest of the leadership team in the upcoming session,” said Rep. Torkelson. Rep. Torkelson joins five Assistant Minority Leaders who were elected on December 12, 2012 including Rep. Steve Drazkowski (Mazeppa), Rep. Tara Mack (Apple Valley), Rep. Joe Schomacker (Luverne), Rep. Peggy Scott (Andover), and Rep. Kelby Woodard (Belle Plaine). In addition, Rep. Jen Loon (Eden Prairie) was selected as Deputy Minority Leader and Rep. Tim Sanders (Blaine) will serve as Minority Caucus Whip. Rep. Torkelson's appointment finalizes the House Republican Leadership team. -30-