2013-01-13

Jan. 7 - Rep. Gottwalt Resigns; Thanks Family, Friends & Constituents

Dear Neighbors,

I submitted my official letter of resignation to Governor Mark Dayton effective last Monday, (just prior to Tuesday's swearing-in at the State Capitol, Jan. 8th).

It has been a distinct honor and privilege to serve the residents of my district and the great State of Minnesota. I am very proud of what we accomplished over the last six years.

I am equally excited about my new position helping navigate the massive changes coming in health care in states across the country! For those still wondering, that is the only reason I am stepping out of the Legislature. My new job is not as a lobbyist, there has never been any conflict, and I was under no pressure to resign.

For every citizen legislator (those of us who don't make a career of it and must work outside the Legislature), there comes a time when we go back to our families and private-sector jobs. My time is now. Some in politics and the media find that hard to grasp. Please help them.

I particularly thank my family, especially my wife Paula, without whose love and support I could not have served in the Legislature. We all know family often bears the brunt of our service, and I am deeply grateful.

Special thanks to all my colleagues and friends who, at some point, set aside partisanship and disagreements to get good things accomplished for Minnesota. We did good work!

Very special thanks to the people of our community - my constituents - who allowed me the great honor and privilege of serving as their State Representative.

I will still be active in public policy and in our community, and I look forward to seeing and continuing to collaborate with many of you. Different role; same goal.

Thank you, again. The honor is all mine. May God bless you all, and God bless the great State of Minnesota!

Sincerely in service,

Rep. Steve Gottwalt
House District 14A

 
     

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