League Selects 31 MN Lawmakers as 2016 Legislators of Distinction

The honor recognizes legislators for specific city-friendly actions during the 2016 legislative session.
(Published Jun 27, 2016)

The League of Minnesota Cities has selected 15 members of the Minnesota House of Representatives and 16 state senators as Legislators of Distinction for 2016. The honor recognizes legislators for specific actions that aided efforts of Minnesota cities during this year’s legislative session.

Legislators of Distinction are annually approved by the League’s Board of Directors to recognize that in order to successfully serve commonly shared constituents, state and city officials must work together to meet the unique needs of rural, suburban, and urban residents all across Minnesota.

To be eligible for Legislator of Distinction honors, legislators must meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • The legislator is generally and reasonably accessible to League representatives.
  • The legislator seeks input on issues of importance to cities.
  • The legislator listens to League concerns and is receptive to the League providing information on issues.
  • The legislator sponsors and/or supports League initiatives.
  • The legislator speaks out on behalf of the interest of cities.
  • The legislator demonstrates the importance of partnership between the state and cities.

Recipients of the recognition received a letter of appreciation and a certificate. The letters of acknowledgement noted the specific act, bill, sponsorship, or actions in support of city-friendly legislation. Additionally, a copy of the Legislator of Distinction acknowledgement letter is sent to the mayor of each city in the district of each award winner. Mayors are encouraged to share these letters with their city council and residents.

The League of Minnesota Cities Legislators of Distinction for 2016 are:

Minnesota House of Representatives
An asterisk (*) notes legislators who are also former elected city officials.
Rep. Paul Anderson, R-Starbuck
Rep. Tony Cornish, R-Vernon Center
Rep. Greg Davids, R-Preston*
Rep. Jim Davnie, DFL-Minneapolis
Rep. Dan Fabian, R-Roseau
Rep. Mike Freiberg, DFL-Golden Valley*
Rep. Laurie Halverson, DFL-Eagan
Rep. Debra Hilstrom, DFL- Brooklyn Center
Rep. Jeff Howe, R-Rockville*
Rep. Roz Peterson, R-Lakeville
Rep. Cindy Pugh, R-Chanhassen
Rep. Tim Sanders, R-Blaine
Rep. Erik Simonson, DFL-Duluth
Rep. Cheryl Youakim, DFL-Hopkins*
Rep. Nick Zerwas, R- Elk River*

Minnesota Senate
An asterisk (*) notes legislators who are also former elected city officials.
Sen. Jim Abeler, R-Anoka
Sen. Scott Dibble, DFL-Minneapolis
Sen. Chris Eaton, DFL-Brooklyn Center
Sen. Dan Hall, R-Burnsville
Sen. John Hoffman, DFL-Champlin
Sen. Vicki Jensen, DFL-Owatonna
Sen. Ron Latz, DFL-St. Louis Park
Sen. John Marty, DFL-Roseville
Sen. Carla Nelson, R-Rochester
Sen. Sandra Pappas, DFL- St. Paul
Sen. Bev Scalze, DFL-Little Canada*
Sen. Matt Schmit, DFL-Red Wing
Sen. Rod Skoe, DFL-Clearbook
Sen. David Tomassoni, DFL-Chisholm
Sen. Patricia Torres Ray, DFL-Minneapolis
Sen. Melissa Wiklund, DFL-Bloomington

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