DFL Sen. Al Franken has hired former state Rep. Al Juhnke to handle Agriculture, Energy, Environmental Outreach in Minnesota. Junhke, who lost his reelection bid to Republican Bruce Vogel in 2010, will handle his duties from his hometown of Willmar. Juhnke served 14 years in the Minnesota Legislature. He served as Chair of the House Agriculture, Rural Economies and Veterans Affairs Committee.
"Al Juhnke understands how important agriculture, energy, and the environment are to creating jobs and spurring economic development in Minnesota," Sen. Franken said in a statement. "He has spent years working closely with key Minnesota groups, stakeholders, and communities on these issues and knows how important they are to our state's economy and its future. We're all lucky to have him back in a role where he's serving the people of Minnesota."