Posted at 4:35 PM on January 13, 2011
by Tom Scheck
Filed under: MN Legislature
DFL Rep. Tony Sertich of Chisholm has officially resigned from the Minnesota House. Governor Dayton appointed the former House Majority Leader him to run the Iron Range Resources Board.
Republicans in control of the Minnesota House allowed Sertich to gavel in the session - something many within the GOP thought he would be doing this year. But a GOP wave ushered in GOP House Speaker Kurt Zellers and left Sertich as a back bencher in the House. Sertich mentioned the shift in power after thanking the GOP for allowing him to gavel in session.
"I know you spent millions of dollars to make sure it didn't happen," he joked.
During his retirement speech, Sertich thanked those who both worked with him and for him during his ten years in office. He also broke up several times thanking his parents and his staff. You can listen to his speech here: Listen
Sertich will still be seen around the Capitol. His role with the Iron Range Resources Board means he'll be forced to come before lawmakers to discuss budget matters and the board's priorities. He also needs to be confirmed by the Minnesota Senate.
One thing not on Sertich's plate is a run for Congress. He has been widely mentioned as a possible candidate to GOP Rep. Chip Cravaack. Sertich says there is zero chance he'll run for Congress.