Performing the oath of office to represent District 8A in the House of Representatives was a memorable event.
The recent Minnesota House of Representatives swearing-in ceremony is something I’ll never forget. My family has called Otter Tail County home for 150 years, so it is a true honor to now represent my friends and neighbors in the Legislature.
The House has spent much of its time to start the session getting committees off the ground with informational hearings. I have been selected to serve on three committees for my first term: Capital Investment, Commerce Finance and Policy, and Human Services Finance and Policy. A businessperson by trade, these committees fit nicely with my knowledge and policy priorities.
From reforming the Department of Human Services to regulatory relief for our businesses to investing in public infrastructure, these committee assignments will give our district a seat at the table for important decisions facing Minnesota's future. I will share more information in future newsletters regarding bills these respective committees are discussing throughout the session.
The national events in recent weeks caused me to reflect on my personal responsibility and our collective responsibility to care for our constitutional institutions. A legislative column I submitted to newspapers throughout District 8A and beyond provides some of my perspectives. It is entitled "What have I done for America today?" and it includes this passage: “My prayer is that we will learn from this ugly moment in our history. If we care about defending our constitutional rights, we need to be the caretakers of the institutions enshrined in our Constitution. From how we engage on social media to actions we take at the Capitol steps, we each face decisions every day that either support or harm our constitutional system.” Click here for the full column as published by the Fergus Falls Daily Journal.
On a quick side note, the state has launched a new online dashboard for citizens to track COVID-19 vaccine allocation, distribution, and administration in Minnesota. The new website is produced by Minnesota IT Services and the Minnesota Department of Health. It includes information on the number of doses allocated to the state by the federal government; shipped to Minnesota providers; and ultimately administered to Minnesotans. The dashboard will be updated at 11 a.m. daily. You can access it at this link.
I encourage constituents to stay in touch as we work through this legislative session because the input I receive will help to guide me as we face important decisions in the House. Please let me know how I may help.