ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota Senate Assistant Majority Leader Katie Sieben (District 54) announces today that she will not seek reelection to the Senate in 2016. Sen. Sieben, who chairs the Subcommittee on Elections, has served in the legislature for 14 years, including four years in the House of Representatives prior to her election to the Senate in 2006.
“Today I announce that I will not seek reelection to the Minnesota Senate this fall. It has been an honor and joy to serve the community that has always been my home. After 14 years of elected service, I look forward to exploring other opportunities. While my term in the Senate will end, my dedication to the people of Washington and Dakota Counties and the state of Minnesota will continue. I thank my constituents, family, friends and colleagues for their support.”
“The best part of this job has been working on projects and legislation both large and small that helped improve Minnesotan’s lives. The new Hastings Bridge, Red Rock Corridor and high speed rail improvements are helping to bring our state transportation system into the 21st Century. Important, bi-partisan work on election reform has helped to build on Minnesota’s leadership in maintaining clean, open and fair elections. Particularly gratifying are the steps we’ve taken on behalf of our children through passage of all-day kindergarten and expansion of pre-k. Banning harmful chemicals like BPA is making products safer for children and families. Increasing protections for our iconic Mississippi and Saint Croix Rivers will ensure that current and future generations will be able to enjoy these beautiful natural resources.”
“There is more work to do, and during the upcoming session I look forward to working on behalf of my constituents. It is my hope that we can forge consensus on strong capital investment and transportation bills that make the necessary investments in Minnesota’s future as well as continue expanding access to pre-kindergarten and family leave.
“A Democratic-Farmer-Labor majority in the legislature is vital to continuing the progress that has been made, and I plan to do all I can to ensure that the Senate remains under DFL leadership. Governor Dayton has outlined a clear vision for a better Minnesota that is shared by our DFL Caucus. Minnesotans deserve an economy that works for the middle class, a strong and robust public education system, and clean air, water and land.”
“I am grateful for the support of my family throughout the years. I am especially thankful for the wise guidance and example of my dad, Mike Sieben, who served in the Minnesota House for ten years. He told me I’d never regret serving in public office, and he was right. The ability to help people, to make a difference, and to work for what I believe is right, has been incredibly rewarding.”