Senator Melissa Wiklund

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Senator Melissa Halvorson Wiklund is serving her second term in the Minnesota Senate representing Senate District 50, which includes the cities of Bloomington and Richfield. Sen. Wiklund’s legislative priorities include education (with a particular focus on early childhood), health care (with a particular focus on children’s mental health), and job creation. Sen. Wiklund has also put an emphasis on building up community support systems to help families and reduce the achievement gap.

Prior to her service in the Senate, Sen. Wiklund served on the Bloomington School Board for three years, the last as Chair. Sen. Wiklund worked in the telecommunications and Internet Services industry as an engineer, manager, and director and is an honors graduate of the University of Minnesota with degrees in Electrical Engineering and Interior Design. Sen. Wiklund graduated from Kennedy High School and lives in Bloomington with her husband, Craig and their two children.

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    Congressman Keith Ellison and other state and local officials will be hosting a “Civics 101” forum in Richfield. The purpose is to educate and encourage residents on how to advocate with government officials serving Richfield. It will be on Thursday, July 6th, from 6-7:30pm at Richfield City Hall (6700 Portland Ave S). More information can be found at the link. I hope to see you there! ...

    Civics 101

    July 6, 2017, 6:00pm - July 6, 2017, 7:30pm

    Join Congressman Ellison and special guest Richfield Mayor Pat Elliott to learn: - How federal, state, county, and city governments work - How to exercise your rights and privileges to the government - How laws are passed and implemented - How citizens influence public policy Panelists include: Congressman Keith Ellison Richfield Mayor Pat Elliott Hennepin County Commissioner Debbie Goettel (District 5) MN State Senator Patricia Torres Ray (District 63) Email questions, concerns, and requests to or call (612) 522-1212.

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    I’m disappointed that the Governor and majority leadership could not come to a budget agreement within the regular legislative session with enough time for us to vote on all the bills needed to complete our state budget. I’m also concerned that the process the Republican majority leadership chose to follow has not been transparent. As a result, legislators will have very little time to properly evaluate proposals that will directly affect peoples’ lives. As we debate the remaining bills in this fast-paced special session that is supposed to end at 7:00am, Wednesday, May 24th, I will continue to advocate for the needs of our district and of all Minnesotans. ...

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