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Minnesota State House District 34B

State Representatives serve in the Minnesota House of Representatives, the lower chamber of the state legislature. They write and vote on legislation to create, repeal, or change state laws affecting many issues, like health care, the environment, and the economy. They also vote on state taxes and the state spending.

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    Melissa Hortman

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    Scott Simmons

Información Biográfica

If elected, what will your top three priorities be and why? (750 characters)

How would you ensure election laws do not create barriers to Minnesotans’ freedom to vote while also ensuring safe and secure elections? (500 characters)

What legislation, if any, would you support to address racial or ethnic disparities in Minnesota? (500 characters)

What will you do to support a vibrant economy across Minnesota, and to address rising inflation? (500 characters)

What legislation, if any, would you support to reduce gun violence in Minnesota? (500 characters)

Campaign Twitter Handle @melissahortman
Protecting reproductive freedom — it’s critical we elect legislators who will ensure Minnesotans are able to make their own decisions about their health care. The deeply personal decision to become pregnant, use birth control, or have an abortion should be a private one between a patient and their doctor, not politicians and judges.

Improving economic security and reducing costs for families, especially in areas like child care, health care and prescription drugs, and housing so it’s easier for families to make ends meet.

Fully funding our schools. Minnesota children deserve every opportunity to succeed, and we need to invest in education to reclaim our leadership spot as one of the most well-educated states in the country.
Minnesota has safe, secure elections with the highest voter turnout in the country. There are additional steps we can take to strengthen our democracy including: prohibiting intimidating and harassing voters or elections officials, increasing transparency for spending by outside groups, automatic voter registration, restoring the right to vote for Minnesotans who are on probation or parole, and strengthening and simplifying absentee voting.
Equity and reducing disparities have been part of our work in the House DFL. As Speaker, I established the Select Committee on Racial Justice to focus on strategies to reduce disparities which includes investing in early childhood education and affordable housing, increasing teachers of color, economic development, public health investments, and climate and environmental justice initiatives.
DFLers care about families who are paying more for gas, groceries, and health care. We’re focused on improving economic security for Minnesotans—that’s why we put forward proposals that would reduce costs for families, especially in areas like child care, health care and prescription drugs — including capping co-pays on insulin, inhalers, and epi-pens at $25 per month — and housing so that it’s easier to cover other essentials and make ends meet.
Minnesotans deserve to be safe at school, at work, at home, and in their communities. I am committed to keeping our neighborhoods and schools safe through common-sense measures like criminal background checks and red flag laws to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people. Minnesotans overwhelmingly support both policies, but the Republican majority in the Minnesota Senate has consistently blocked progress on common-sense gun violence prevention measures.
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