Your voice in St. Paul

Delivering for our area

During my first four years as your state senator, I’m proud of the strides we made—from securing funding for critical infrastructure projects to investing in the safety of our schools to quickly delivering relief aid so people could recover from summer storms. But don’t take my word for it. Take a look around and see what I’ve done and where I stand. And, as always, if you have any questions, please let me know.

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Fully funding Highway 14

For more than 25 years, our region has been awaiting the funding needed to complete the four-lane expansion of U.S. Highway 14 from Owatonna to Dodge Center—and four years ago, I ran for office on a commitment to deliver funding for this critical corridor of commerce. This project was so important to me that the plates on my Dodge Ram read ‘HWY 14’! I’m so proud to say that, in my first term, I successfully secured the full funding and the project is underway.

Those of us who do live down in this neck of the woods understand the urgency full well. There is a reason Highway 14 has long been called the “Highway of Horrors,” and why it has a reputation as the most dangerous road in Minnesota.  When all is said and done, Highway 14 will be significantly safer, travel times will be faster, and it will be able to handle more commuter and commercial traffic. In other words, it will be better in every conceivable respect.

Protecting our seniors

One of my priorities in the legislature has been working to protect the rights of seniors and vulnerable Minnesotans, particularly as our aging population continues to grow. I was proud to support the Elder Care and Vulnerable Adult Protection Act, which provides a host of new protections for Minnesotans living in long-term care, as well as a framework for licensing assisted living facilities and preventing retaliation. I also supported the Safe Seniors Financial Exploitation Act, which provides additional safeguards to protect against the financial exploitation of vulnerable adults. Finally, I led the way in pushing back against the governor’s proposed $68 million cut to rural nursing homes.

Investing in our communities

During my first term in office, I’m proud to have secured the necessary funding for projects important to our region.

  • $30 million for the state’s disaster recovery account, which provides fast assistance to local communities recovering from natural disasters.
  • $100,000 for cleanup at Roberds Lake in Faribault after last year’s devastating storms.
  • Funding for veterans’ memorials in Rice County and Waseca, matching the local fundraising efforts and getting the projects closer to completion.
  • $4.5 million for Minnesota State Academies for the Deaf and Blind in Faribault.
  • $8 million for Business Development Public Infrastructure grants to Greater Minnesota cities to encourage growth, create and retain jobs, and build their tax base.
  • $60 million for statewide local road improvement projects.
  • $15 million to help repair and replace local bridges across the state.

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