Area lawmakers take oath of office
Area Minnesota House of Representatives members took oaths of office Tuesday, Jan. 6, at the beginning of the 89th Minnesota Legislature. They are Rep. Mark Anderson, R-Lake Shore; Rep. Josh Heintzeman, R-Nisswa; and Rep. Dale Lueck, R-Aitkin. An...
Area Minnesota House of Representatives members took oaths of office Tuesday, Jan. 6, at the beginning of the 89th Minnesota Legislature.
They are Rep. Mark Anderson, R-Lake Shore; Rep. Josh Heintzeman, R-Nisswa; and Rep. Dale Lueck, R-Aitkin.
Anderson was elected in November to represent District 9A for a second term. He is serving on four House committees this biennium. Two pertain to agriculture - one policy and the other finance. Anderson also will be on committees related to government operations, transportation and mining/outdoors recreation.
"Those committee assignments put me in position to have a direct say on issues that are key to our statewide economy and have significant impacts in our area," Anderson said. "We are at a crossroads in a number of areas and decisions we make this year need to be made with the long term in mind. That is especially true as we consider a state budget, where two-year plans often create commitments in perpetuity."
Anderson and fellow Republicans carry a majority in the House this biennium. That changes things from his first term in 2013-14 when Democrats had power in both the House and Senate.
"Minority, majority, it doesn't change the approach I've had since the day I first took office," Anderson said. "There's one question I ask myself every time I see a new bill: 'How will this help Minnesotans?' If it won't help Minnesotans, then let's skip it and move on to the next thing that will. That's our job."
Heintzeman, R-Nisswa, was elected in November, defeating incumbent former Rep. John Ward of Baxter. He represents House District 10A, encompassing much of western Crow Wing County.
"It is humbling to be given the opportunity to represent our community in St. Paul," said Heintzeman. "My colleagues and I are looking forward to finding common sense solutions to the problems facing Minnesota."
Heintzeman's committee assignments include Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Finance, Higher Education Policy and Finance, and Legacy Funding Finance where he will serve as vice chairman.
Heintzeman, a small business owner, is set to begin his first term as state representative representing House District 10A encompassing much of western Crow Wing County.
Lueck, an Aitkin area resident and Navy veteran, was elected in November, defeating first-term former Rep. Joe Radinovich of Crosby. He represents House District 10B, which encompasses Aitkin County and most of rural Crow Wing County.
Lueck serves on the Agriculture Finance, Agriculture Policy, Veteran's Affairs, and Mining and Outdoor Recreation committees in the House. He is vice chairman of the latter.
"The swearing-in ceremony was humbling; it's a privilege to serve the people of District 10B," Lueck said. "I'm glad to get to work down here in St. Paul, and look forward to hearing from district residents on the many challenging issues facing us in rural Minnesota."
The Legislature likely will remain in session until May 18, when the state Constitution requires the Legislature to adjourn. The primary task for 2015 is passing the next two-year state budget, which begins July 1.
"Communication is key, my door is always open." Lueck said. "Constituent service is my first priority. Please don't hesitate to contact me by phone, email or in person if I can be of assistance."