I hope that 2019 is off to a great start for you and your families! Things are gearing up as the first week of session at the legislature comes to a close.
On Tuesday, I was sworn in for my second term in the Minnesota House! I’m honored to continue representing our community at the State Capitol and working on the issues that impact us all. By coming together, we will ensure that our kids have a high-quality education, healthcare is affordable and accessible, and every Minnesotan can live in a safe, healthy community.
Ready to Work!
I was selected by Speaker Hortman to lead a group of legislators to “notify the Governor that the House is now organized and ready to receive any message he may desire to give them.” This is a custom that has little practical purpose now in the age of cell phones and live television, but it was fun to lead some of my new colleagues in a search for the Governor. Governor Walz passed on the message that he is excited to get to work with the Legislature!
We were over-achievers in our Governor quest and also found the Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General!
We have a great deal of work ahead of us this session and I’m excited to get started. This session, I’m beginning a new role as Vice Chair of the Environment and Natural Resources Policy Committee in addition to serving on Taxes, Rules, Environment & Natural Resources Finance, and Veterans & Military Affairs. These committees will meet weekly at the following times.
Environment and Natural Resources Policy
Wednesdays, 9:45 a.m.
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 8:00 a.m.
Schedule varies. The first meeting will be held Monday, January 14 at 9:45 a.m.
Environment & Natural Resources Finance
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:45 p.m.
Veterans & Military Affairs
Tuesdays, 2:30 p.m.
You can find a full schedule and more information about these committees, including meeting agendas, minutes, and links to video and audio archives here.
Upcoming Community Events
Please join me tomorrow for an event sponsored by the League of Women Voters White Bear Lake Area. Senator Jason Issacson, Representative Kelly Moller, and I will be answering questions about our priorities and the legislation we plan to support. I look forward to discussing the issues we’ll be tackling this session with you!
What: Get to Know Your Legislators Event
When: Saturday, January 12, 10:15 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Where: Shoreview Library Community Program Room (4560 N. Victoria St.)
Stay in Touch
As always, don’t hesitate to contact me with any ideas, feedback, or concerns. You can reach me by email at email@example.com or by phone at 651-296-7153. I can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.
Please feel free to reach out to Katie Hirsh, my new Legislative Assistant, as well. Katie is available at firstname.lastname@example.org and 651-296-8146. If you or your students have plans to visit the Capitol, please let me know and I will do my best to say hello.
Thank you for your interest in what we do at the Legislature. It is an honor to represent you and I am excited to get to work!