ST. PAUL, Minn. – The 2021 Legislative Session began Tuesday, January 5 with the swearing-in of the new and returning members of the Minnesota Legislature. State Senator Chuck Wiger (DFL-Maplewood) is returning for an 8th term in the Minnesota Senate, and will continue to be one of the Legislature’s leading voices on education issues facing the state. Senator Wiger looks forward to getting to work on behalf of Senate District 43’s residents and Minnesotans across the state.
“I am honored, humbled, and tremendously excited to once again serve as your state senator, and to continue to advocate on your behalf as we work through the challenges facing our state and communities,” said Senator Wiger. “We face unprecedented times for our state, for our students and teachers, and for each of us as we navigate the challenges before us. There is much work to do this year, and I stand ready to work with my colleagues in the Senate and the House to get it done.”
Senator Wiger will once again serve as the DFL-Lead on the Education Finance and Policy Committee. With education serving as one of the largest areas in the state’s budget, Senator Wiger will fight to ensure that Minnesota’s schools are fully funded, that they have the support they need to ensure students are able to receive a high-quality education, and that a fair, responsible, and balanced budget is passed on time.
“It is up for us to do everything we can to make sure our students are getting the high-quality education deserve, regardless of their zip code, and COVID-19 has presented major challenges for not just our students, but our parents, teachers, support staff, and administrators across the state,” said Senator Wiger. “We must do everything we can to give them the support they need to succeed, including further funding to address ongoing technological demands.”
In addition to education issues, Senator Wiger’s priorities include Minnesota’s continued response to the COVID-19 pandemic, fighting for equality and further action on addressing systemic racism, improving access to affordable and high-quality health care, protecting the environment, and ensuring a fair process in redistricting following the 2020 census.
Senator Wiger will also be serving on the Local Government Policy Committee and the Veterans and Military Affairs Finance and Policy Committee for the upcoming session.
Due to the ongoing public health concerns related to COVID-19, public access to the Capitol will remain limited. Senator Wiger encourages constituents to reach out to him with any questions, comments, or concerns. His office phone is 651-296-6820, his cell phone is 651-770-0283, and his email is email@example.com. He also encourages people to follow him on social media on Twitter @ChuckWiger and on Facebook @SenatorWiger.