Senator Erik Simonson represents District 7 in northeastern Minnesota. He was first elected to the Minnesota Senate in 2016 after serving four years in the House of Representatives. He currently serves as the Assistant Minority Leader. He also serves on the Environment and Natural Resources Finance committee, the Jobs and Economic Growth Finance and Policy Committee, and is the Ranking Minority Member on the Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy committee.
He and his wife have two children and live in Duluth. Simonson retired after 27 years as assistant chief from the Duluth Fire Department in 2017 and is currently employed by the Lake Superior Zoological Society as their Chief Executive Officer. He enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, and learning every day about better serving Minnesota. Simonson’s favorite view of Duluth is from Skyline Drive.