ST. PAUL, Minn – Sen. LeRoy Stumpf (DFL-Plummer) has been named the recipient of the Minnesota School Boards Association’s Outstanding Legislator Lifetime Service Award.
Sen. Stumpf was presented the award during MSBA’s Advocacy Tour meeting at the Thief River Falls School District.
“There is no one more deserving of this award,” said MSBA’s Denise Dittrich, herself a former state representative. “Sen. Stumpf had the ability to lead the state while never forgetting who he represented at the Legislature. He is highly respected by all and his wisdom will be missed.”
After serving 36 years in the Legislature, Sen. Stumpf announced earlier this year that he would not seek re-election in November.
In accepting the award, Sen. Stumpf offered words of advice to new legislators. “Listen and learn from others before making judgements,” he said. “It would be better to prevent problems than have to correct them later.”
Dittrich thanked Sen. Stumpf for his lifetime of service on behalf of Minnesota’s students.
“We appreciate your thoughtful discourse, willingness to tackle complex educational challenges and your determination to provide Minnesota students with an educational edge,” Dittrich said. “We applaud your effort to ensure that local school board member voices’ were heard at the state Capitol.”
The Minnesota School Boards Association, a leading advocate for public education, supports, promotes and strengthens the work of public school boards. MSBA was founded in 1920 and is the eighth-oldest school board organization in the United States.