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.
As a current state representative, I have prioritized education, ensuring districts have the resources they need to serve all students. I support expansion of services for student mental health. Minnesota has one of the worst ratios for counselors to students, yet mental health needs are growing. I have devoted my career to public safety as a prosecutor, and gun violence prevention is a top priority. We can help keep guns out of the hands of people who shouldn’t have them. Finally, I support solutions to address climate change that provide economic benefits to businesses and consumers, such as electrification that will both reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and decrease costs.
Although Minnesota has safe and secure elections, our democracy is under attack by disinformation and efforts to disenfranchise voters. I support efforts to build a strong, inclusive democracy that works for all Minnesotans. I support efforts to prohibit intimidation and harassment of voters or elections officials, and I support automatic voter registration laws and efforts to expand access to the polls through safe and secure absentee voting.
As a member of the House, I voted with my colleagues to recognize that racism is a public health crisis in Minnesota. Racial disparities show up in health care, housing, education, criminal justice, and other systems. As lawmakers, we should be looking at whether the policies we enact will contribute to or eliminate racial disparities, and we must be intentional about decreasing disparities. I support the recommendations of the House Select Committee on Racial Justice Report, available online.
I am especially concerned about rising costs for people with fixed incomes, like seniors. I have voted to reduce social security taxes and would vote to eliminate these taxes. I voted for property tax deductions and aid to renters. Companies that profited from the pandemic should not be unfairly increasing prices, and I support efforts to address price gouging and the high costs of prescriptions. Providing more access to affordable, quality childcare is also critical to Minnesota families.
I’ve been focused on gun violence prevention since being elected and in my career as a prosecutor. Gun violence is the leading cause of death of American children. My priorities are expanding criminal background checks for all sales, extreme risk protection orders for people that are a substantial risk to themselves or others (I’m the author of Minnesota’s “red flags” bill), and safe storage of guns. I support community-based prevention efforts and limits on access to military-style firearms.
Foster better Economic Conditions in Minnesota
Improve Educational outcomes in Minnesota
I would favor legislation that would work to secure our elections by instituting provisional ballots. This would not disenfranchise any voters and would allow for us to make sure only eligible voters have their votes counted.
I would support legislation that removes barriers to allow more individuals to become business owners and allows families to pursue better educational outcomes.
Putting more money into the pockets of Minnesotans by getting Minnesota out of the top ten in all tax categories in the near term and returning through permanent tax reductions or other mechanisms, at least $5,000 for every family of four in the state.
First and foremost we need to enforce the laws that have already been made as Minnesota already has strict gun laws. We also need to bring in more job training, literacy and skills training in the Department of Corrections so convicts released will have the ability to get a productive job and end recidivism. Over 90% of inmates will be released back into society in Minnesota and we need to help them be ready for that.