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Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Dear Community Members,

I hope you are well! Now that the election is over, my office will start sending legislative updates to keep you up to date with the upcoming 2023 Session. To recap on the election and what is in store for the upcoming Session I wanted to cover a few logistics.With the last election, the DFL secured majorities in the Minnesota House of Representatives, Senate and Governor Walz won re-election. A break down of the majority / minority split is below:

  • House: 134 members, 70 DFL/ 64 Republican.
  • Senate: 67 members, 34 DFL / 33 Republican.

Next year is a budget year. Our State operates on a two year budget or a biennium. Budget proposals will come from Minnesota Management and & Budget and the Governor, and appropriation bills will make their way through the legislature that will ultimately be negotiated and passed to meet the needs of our State. Policy work usually happens in the second year of the biennium. That said, very little was passed last Session and there is a great deal of work in the policy area that will need to be passed this Session as well.

Session Starts on Tuesday, January 3, 2023. The last day of Session will be on Monday, May 22, 2023. The legislature is limited to 120 legislative days as defined by law and the Minnesota Constitution unless a Special Session is called. 

I have begun preparing legislation for the upcoming Session. If there is an issue or law that you would like to discuss - please contact me or my assistant Dan Dodge at  to set up a meeting. I am always grateful to hear from constituents! 

Happy Thanksgiving

I hope you and your loved ones have a very happy Thanksgiving! Even though there is a lot of strife in the world, there is still a lot to be grateful for, including our fantastic community. Safe travels and be sure to eat lots of delicious food!


Intern for a Day Program

The Intern for a Day program is non-partisan and is open to high school students who attend Edina / Bloomington Schools or reside in District 50A. The Intern for a Day Program is offered during the 2023 Legislative Session on following dates and times:

  • Wednesday, January 25th from 9:15am - 2:00pm
  • Wednesday, February 1st  from 9:15am - 2:00pm
  • Wednesday, February, 8th from 9:15am - 2:00pm
  • Wednesday, February 15th from 9:15am - 2:00pm
  • Wednesday, February 22nd from 9:15am - 2:00pm
  • Wednesday, March 1st from 9:15am - 2:00pm

Be sure to apply here, the registration deadline is: January 3, 2023. If you have further questions feel free to contact Kelly Streit at


Edina Senior Center to Visit the Capitol in April 2023 

I met with Nicole Gorman, Director of the Edina Senior Center and we have a date for the community members to join us at the Capitol this 2023 Session! Look for additional details but the visit will happen on April 12, 2023, and will include a Capitol tour with the Historical Society and several legislators should stop by to meet residents! 


Also, be sure to stop by the Holiday Pop Up at the Senior Center on December 3rd from 10AM to 3PM! Holiday Pop Up Details can be found here. I hope to see you there!


Stay in Touch

Please continue to contact me anytime at or 651-296-4363 with your input or questions. You’re also welcome to follow me or ‘like’ my official Facebook page for additional updates.

Do you want to visit the Capitol or have an issue you want community members to know about that would be included in my newsletter? Please email

Thank you for the honor of representing our Edina residents and families in the Minnesota House!


Heather Edelson
State Representative

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