Hello, friends. I wanted to let you know about some of the recent activities here at the Minnesota State Capitol.
The 92nd Legislative Session
On Tuesday, the 92nd session of the Minnesota Legislature began. This is my fourth term representing you in the Minnesota House of Representatives, and I am so honored to serve. Every day, I try to appreciate the awesome responsibility you have given me. Just know that I will never stop defending our Constitution, and I will always stand up for our district.
In my years at the Minnesota House, I have realized that there are really two types of legislators. Those who just want to become someone, and those who want to represent their district well. I have always worked hard to be the latter. Flashy statements and grandstanding are naturally a part of politics, but I often find that those activities are of no real use to the people.
This legislative session will address many different topics. We still need to end the Governor’s emergency powers, reopen our economy, and get back to work (I will talk more about that later). Additionally, there are several things I want to get done for our district. The first is infrastructure. There are several roadways in our district that are in desperate need of repair and updating. As such, I have met with the Chair of the House Transportation Committee to discuss these projects. I am very hopeful that we can bring some new roads to District 17A.
Governor Walz and Emergency Powers
Like you, I am beyond frustrated with the Governor and his emergency powers. He has shut down our state and destroyed livelihoods. While the Governor has relaxed some of his restrictions recently, he still has operated in a manner that is inconsistent with the Constitution.
To end the Governor’s emergency powers, both the Minnesota House and Minnesota Senate must vote to do so. In the past, the Senate has voted to end the Governor’s powers. However, the House has never voted to do so.
As your Representative, I want to be clear about my voting record. Every time the Minnesota House has held a vote on ending the Governor’s emergency powers, I have voted to end his powers. Unfortunately, a majority of my colleagues in the House have consistently voted to let the Governor keep his emergency powers.
Nevertheless, I will continue to stand up for liberty and the Constitution. I believe Governor Walz has abused his office and harmed the people of Minnesota. As such, I will keep voting to end his emergency powers.