Senate Confirms Veterans Affairs, MN Management and Budget Commissioners

DFL Majority Leader Dziedzic Says Approval of Larry Herke, James Schowalter Will Allow Those Important Agencies to Move Forward Without Disruption

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Senate Majority Leader Kari Dziedzic (DFL-Minneapolis) said today that the Senate has confirmed both James Schowalter as Department of Minnesota Management and Budget Commissioner, and Larry Herke as Veterans Affairs Commissioner.  The approval will help ensure that both those important agencies can get work done on behalf of Minnesota without disruption.

“Minnesota is lucky to have talented and qualified public servants like Commissioner Schowalter, and Commissioner Herke to lead two important state agencies, and the Senate has moved to confirm them in a timely manner,” said Majority Leader Dziedzic.  “We are confirming commissioners because we know that when nominations are held up, it disrupts the important work that Minnesotans expect from their state government. I’m confident that Commissioners Schowalter and Herke will continue to serve Minnesota well.” 

Majority Leader Dziedzic said the Senate DFL Majority will continue to confirm commissioners, to ensure their agencies can continue to work on behalf of Minnesotans without disruption.


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Kari Dziedzic represents District 60, which includes Seward, Cedar Riverside, Southeast and Northeast Minneapolis.

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