Our holiday season starts this Thursday with Thanksgiving, and I hope you will have some quality time with loved ones. If you’re traveling, I hope you will get to and from your destination safely. Especially with the significant snow forecasted, take extra care.
Personally, I wanted to take a moment to share how thankful I am to represent our community at the State Capitol. It’s rewarding to represent constituents who deeply care about their families, their neighborhoods, their schools, and Minnesota. I’m proud of the efforts all of you have made to engage with us at the Capitol, at town hall meetings, out and about in the community, and via phone and email. Please continue to stay in touch as the legislative session is just around the corner in February. Sen. Jason Isaacson, Rep. Jamie Becker-Finn and I will announce details for a pre-session Town Hall Meeting as soon as they are finalized; stay tuned.
Last week, the Legislative Energy Commission, of which I am a member, took a bus tour visiting several sites where energy innovations are happening right here in Minnesota. Our bipartisan group of legislators and staff visited Connexus Energy, where we learned about solar energy and storage. Tesla gave us a tour of their plant where they manufacture equipment that makes their cars. In Eagan, we toured Mid-Continent Independent System Operator, home to the control center for much of the electric grid in the Midwest and Manitoba. Tours like these, and interactions with the experts at the sites, are invaluable as we work to ensure Minnesotans have reliable, affordable, and environmentally-friendly options when we develop energy policies.
Earlier this month, the Minnesota Legislature lost one of its most thoughtful, caring lawmakers. Representative Diane Loeffler, who represented much of northeast Minneapolis, passed away after a courageous battle with cancer on November 16. She had tremendous knowledge of our often complex human services system, and she always constantly worked hard to improve people’s lives especially regarding public health, housing, and economic security for all.
Diane’s expertise, passion, and kindness will be deeply missed around the Capitol. Peace to her husband Michael and her loved ones.
While the Legislature isn’t in session, I remain committed to making myself accessible to the community. During the interim, I host office hours every Wednesday and am available to meet at the Capitol, in the district, or on the phone. With the legislative session approaching, I’ll be expanding my office hours in January. To schedule a meeting, please call my office at 651-296-0141. It’s an honor to represent you at the Capitol.