ST. PAUL, Minn.—Minnesota Senate Majority Leader-designate Tom Bakk announced Wednesday that Senator Tony Lourey, DFL-Kerrick, has been selected to lead the Senate Health and Human Services Committee when the DFL regains control of the body Jan. 8. Sen. Bakk cited Sen. Lourey’s years of dedication to health and human services issues as the key factor in determining his leadership position.
“Sen. Lourey has given vast amounts of time and energy to improving health care access and human-services delivery for Minnesotans at every level of the care spectrum,” Sen. Bakk said. “Most importantly, he has showed a stellar ability to unite members of both political parties and various stakeholders in order to advance the important work needed in the health care field.”
Sen. Lourey was first elected to the Senate in 2006 and has served as a member of the Health and Human Services committee and several policy working groups during that time. He expressed gratitude for the chairmanship appointment, saying he looks forward to playing a key role in crafting nation-leading health care policy in the coming years.
“I am very pleased and humbled by the opportunity to work with my legislative colleagues, industry stakeholders and Minnesota citizens on crafting health care policies that will improve access, quality and cost for our entire state,”
Sen. Lourey said. “The next two years of health care work in Minnesota are going to be monumental. The advancement of the health insurance exchange has potential to set an example for the entire nation. The state’s budget troubles will allow us to take a hard look at current policies and work toward bipartisan reforms that are more responsive to patients and the demands of the 21st century. It’s a big challenge, but one that I very much look forward to taking on.”
Sen. Bakk noted that Sen. Lourey was one of the chief architects of the 2012 health policy bill, which was widely lauded as one of the biggest bipartisan successes of that legislative session. The bill corrected some issues from 2011 budget-cutting session and left a path to permanently address lingering cost issues in the upcoming session.
“The work we began last year is not finished by any means,” Sen. Lourey added. “I am very eager to continue the good working relationships we forged between Republicans and Democrats, businesses and consumers, in order to advance Minnesota’s health and human services system.”
For more information, Sen. Lourey’s phone and email contacts will remain the same: 651-296-0293 or firstname.lastname@example.org. His new Capitol office address will be announced in the coming weeks.