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Representative Lislegard is retiring from the Minnesota House

By Vaseline May26,2024
Representative Lislegard is retiring from the Minnesota House

Dave Lislegard

kqAURORA, Minn. – One of Northland’s representatives in the Minnesota House will not seek re-election this fall.

Dave Lislegard (DFL) announced on Sunday that he will retire at the end of this year.

In a statement, he mentions the need to give his family his full attention and devotion.

He adds that he is proud of his achievements in helping the Iron Range in St. Paul.

Lislegard was first elected to the House 7-B seat in 2019. Previously, he was mayor of Aurora.

Rep. Dave Lislegard’s full statement:

Dear friends,

I hope you and your family have a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend. During this solemn weekend, I would like to reflect on those who gave their lives in the service of our country.

I wish this post could wait until after the holiday weekend, but I feel compelled to make this announcement today.

Iron Rangers, you have entrusted me with a cherished honor by repeatedly electing me as your state representative with the duty of protecting the Iron Range. It is your right and your responsibility to select an individual every two years to do what is best for the Range and its residents. In my years in government, I have always kept that in mind, even as I recognized that this role was not a lifelong career.

It is therefore with a heavy heart that I have decided not to stand for re-election this autumn. This is a very difficult decision for me because fighting for the Range is at the core of who I am and what I have done for the past twenty years of my life. There is a cost to dedicating a large portion of your life to something you are passionate about. When you’re faced with decisions that affect the people you love most, your priorities should be focused where it’s needed most. At this point in my life my priority has to be my family. They have sacrificed so much to give me the honor of fighting for the people of the Iron Range, the place we all call home. They need my full attention and dedication. I know you would all make the same choice.

I am proud of what we have achieved together for our region. I hope your next representative will continue to fight for the key issues I have advocated: first, mining and the good union jobs it means for our people; second, making our taconite taxes work for the wealth-producing core of the Iron Range; third, fight against big drug and pharmaceutical companies so that more of our healthcare dollars stay local and support our hospitals, clinics and the nurses, doctors and staff who care for us; fourth, investing in our communities, outdoor recreation, and finally, protecting our fundamental rights, such as Second Amendment rights and the right of individuals to make their own health care decisions.

As a member of the steelworkers union who lost a job and career in the LTV mining industry, I know firsthand how hard life can be for a family without work. When people have a good job, many problems disappear. That’s why I stepped up as a community organizer to fight for jobs at PolyMet and the copper-nickel mining industry before I even ran for the Legislature. As your representative, I fought for and delivered mining reform, ensuring HibTac won state mining contracts to prevent them from running out of ore and closing, saving union jobs .

Importantly, this session saw the passage of my legislation providing a $515 annual property tax credit for more than 35,000 homeowners in the core Iron Range. This is the first time in 26 years that the taconite tax property tax credit has been increased. You live here, you mine the ore here, and you earn a share of the proceeds from taconite taxes. That’s why I’ve been advocating for this money to lower your property taxes. Additionally, my legislation will bring more than $80 million in investments to the Iron Range core, helping with infrastructure, housing and development in cities like Mt. Iron, Virginia, Chisholm, Biwabik, Cherry Township, Buhl, Eveleth and many others. in addition to building our outdoor recreation with grants to snowmobile and ATV clubs. I am very proud that we were able to donate $3.3 million to renovate our critical emergency care facilities in Virginia and create the region’s first emergency behavioral mental health center. And my reform of the 340B drug program will mean more than $25 million invested annually in our healthcare hospitals and clinics in Northeastern Minnesota.

A priority of mine was helping people with special needs. That’s why my bill appropriated $340,000 for the East Range Day Activity Center in Eveleth for our citizens with special needs, and we are devoting funds to build a new Northland Learning Center and Alternative Learning Center for children who deserve the best education .

As you can see, I’m proud of my record. You sent me to do a job and I did my best. I found myself doing my best as I listened to you and our city and community organization leaders. I listened regardless of whether you were Republican, Democrat or Independent. I think you will agree that last year’s election as the Legislature’s most bipartisan representative was good for our area.

As you select your next representative, I hope you keep these issues in mind. As for me, I would like to sincerely thank the citizens of the Iron Range for giving me the honor of serving as a State Representative. I appreciate all the volunteers who helped with my campaigns, my neighbors and friends. In my transition from public to private life, I will continue to make Aurora my home and continue to advocate for the truth and Iron Range First!

Dave Lislegard
State representative

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