ST. PAUL – State Rep. Lisa Demuth, R-Cold Spring, on Wednesday was elected to serve as an assistant minority leader for Minnesota House Republicans during the upcoming biennium.
Demuth, who is entering her second term, said she is pleased to have so quickly earned the respect and trust of her caucus mates who bestowed a leadership position upon her.
“It is beyond humbling to receive this honor from my colleagues,” Demuth said. “It inspires me to continue working my hardest on behalf of District 13A residents specifically, and people throughout Minnesota in general. I look forward to the upcoming session where my new role will be helpful in advocating for policies and positions that best serve my constituents.”
Demuth said her priorities for the upcoming biennium are to “continue working to help our families and businesses recover from the pandemic and working on issues concerning childcare and education.”
Demuth’s selection was one of several posts House Republicans filled on Wednesday as the caucus filled out its new leadership team. Rep. Kurt Daudt of Crown, whom House Republicans elected last month to continue serving as their minority leader, appointed Rep. Anne Neu Brindley of North Branch to continue serving as the deputy minority leader. She has served that post for the past two years.
Rep. Barb Haley of Red Wing was elected caucus whip, while Demuth and fellow Republican Reps. Dave Baker of Willmar, Peggy Bennett of Albert Lea, Jim Nash of Waconia, Paul Novotny of Elk River, Peggy Scott of Andover, and Paul Torkelson of Hanska all were elected as assistant minority leaders. Rep.-elect Bjorn Olson of Elmore was elected to serve as the freshman member of the House GOP leadership team.
The 2021 legislative session is set to begin Jan. 5 in St. Paul.