Dear Friends and Neighbors in District 53A and Across the State of Minnesota,

The 2013 legislative session was focused and highly productive. We made decisions that protect and support all citizens of our state and move Minnesota into a stronger future. It was an honor and privilege to serve you in the Minnesota House of Representatives.

During the 2013 legislative session, some of the bills I authored/co-authored include:

  • The bill for state-wide all-day Kindergarten
  • The perfluorochemical level study to ensure the safety of our drinking water
  • Several bills promoting environmental stewardship
  • Bills for economic development and job creation, including 3M expansion in Maplewood
  • Bills requiring accountability reforms in state agencies.

The vast array of issues and interests I have had the honor to work through has been inspiring: from A (Accountability of state agencies) to Z (Zebra mussels and other invasive species). This work improves the lives of the citizens of Minnesota and protects our quality of life for future generations. You can view my complete record at http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/members/members.asp?id=15423

When I was elected in November of 2012, I entered the House ready to develop strong and healthy relationships with other members of the House and the Senate. People frequently ask me what it's actually like to be a Representative and whether I like the job. Without hesitation, I can declare my passion for this meaningful work; my gratitude for the remarkable people I have the privilege to work with and to meet; and my confidence in the worthwhile purpose behind the legislative process. Our other legislators, our staff, and other state employees strive always to serve all Minnesotans. They are smart, thoughtful, articulate, and good stewards of our state's resources. They truly are public servants.

To communicate with citizens in our district during my first term, I have held monthly town hall meetings, facilitated monthly coffee and conversation gatherings, and offered regular e-updates. (You can sign up for e-updates at: http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/members/join.asp?id=15423). I spent the summer and fall visiting our neighborhoods house by house, meeting personally with my constituents. I took part in dynamic community events: the Washington County Fair, Woodbury Expo, Woodbury Days, Fishcreek events, Districts 833 and 622 school board meetings, Woodbury Chamber of Commerce and Oakdale Business and Professional Association meetings, and fundraisers for the food shelf and other community foundations. I strive to be present for all members of our community, and to listen to all your voices.

I am looking forward to an exciting 2014 legislative session, particularly as we work together to:

  • Improve economic security for all our citizens,
  • Invest in education to meet the needs of our diverse communities, and
  • Ensure a strong legacy of environmental health for all our children.

Thank you for staying in close communication with me about your hopes, ideas, and concerns. Your thoughts are vital as we work to solve the complex problems facing our citizens and our state. I remain grateful for the opportunity to represent you.

JoAnn