ST. PAUL — State Representative Jim Nash, R-Waconia, was named the 2019 Legislator of the Year by Housing First Minnesota, the state's leading voice for housing. The award recognizes Rep. Nash for his efforts in promoting housing affordability and homeownership opportunities.
"Homeownership is a key part of the American Dream and we need to work to make sure it remains within reach for generations to come," said Rep. Nash. "I am proud to be recognized for my efforts to make homeownership a reality for more Minnesotans. Home affordability is truly one of the most pressing issues facing our state and I will continue to be a leader in this fight."
Senator Rich Draheim, R-Madison Lake, was also recognized for his work in the Minnesota Senate.
“At a time when Minnesota faces one of the country’s worst housing affordability and availability problems, Sen. Draheim and Rep. Nash have played key roles in advancing homeownership opportunities for all Minnesotans,” said David Siegel, executive director of Housing First Minnesota.
One of the key pieces of housing legislation signed into law during the 2019 legislative session was the creation of the Legislative Commission on Housing Affordability. As newly appointed members of this commission, Sen. Draheim and Rep. Nash have initiated much-needed conversations addressing the dozens of roadblocks that face Minnesota’s broken housing market.
“Our Legislator of the Year Awards recognize both Sen. Draheim and Rep. Nash as housing champions who understand that homes are the backbone of strong communities,” said John Rask, president of Housing First Minnesota. “They understand the urgency in confronting and removing obstacles currently facing homebuyers, and we thank them for their efforts at the Capitol.”
The awards were presented during Housing First Minnesota’s annual Building Industry Gala on October 25.