GOP state Sen. Dennis Frederickson of New Ulm announced today that he'll retire this year and won't run for a tenth term. Frederickson told the New Ulm Journal that it's been a privilege to work in the Minnesota Senate.
"It is still tremendously rewarding to serve in the Minnesota Senate, and I intend to continue working hard in the Senate until January 2011," Frederickson said. "But it is time to spend more time with my wife, Marj; fishing, hunting, canoeing the Minnesota River; and enjoying grandchildren's concerts, gymnastics, basketball and soccer games. I want to visit our beautiful state parks and trails and enjoy the outdoors,"
Frederickson is the fifth state senator to retire. Here's the full list:
(Note: I updated this list from a previous post since Tarryl Clark won the DFL endorsement for Congress in Minnesota's 6th. Republican Randy Demmer says he won't run for his House seat. Demmer is running for Congress in Minnesota's 1st District. GOP Rep. Dan Severson also says he's not running for reelection. He's seeking the GOP endorsement for Secretary of State.)
DFL House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher
DFL Rep. Karla Bigham
DFL Rep. Jeremy Kalin
DFL Rep. Cy Thao
GOP Rep. Rob Eastlund
GOP Rep. Randy Demmer
GOP Rep. Marty Seifert
GOP Rep. Dan Severson
DFL Sen. Steve Murphy
DFL Sen. Jim Vickerman
DFL Sen. Tarryl Clark
GOP Sen. Steve Dille
GOP Sen. Pat Pariseau
GOP Sen. Dennis Frederickson
I suspect this is non-relevant, but wasn't Senator Frederickson one of the Republican cross-overs that voted for the Gas Tax Veto-Overide ?
Will there be in the next session ?