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Representative Anderson files for House 12B

Three-term State Representative Paul Anderson, R-Starbuck recently filed for re-election to his seat in the Minnesota House of Representatives.

The district he currently serves, District 12B, covers approximately the western half of Stearns County, the eastern two-thirds of Pope County and four townships (LaGrand, Lake Mary, Hudson and Orange) and two cities (Forada and Garfield) in Douglas County, in addition to two precincts in the city of Alexandria (Ward 1, Precinct 1 and Ward 5, Precinct 1).

“It’s been a privilege to serve the residents of this part of the state in St. Paul these past six years,” said Anderson. “There’s more work to be done, and I’d like to continue that service to my constituents.”

During his time in the Legislature, Anderson has served on committees that deal with agriculture, natural resources and the environment, education, veterans, government operations, and housing.

When Republicans held the majority in 2011-2012, Anderson served as vice-chair of the Agriculture Policy and Finance Committee. In his third term, with the DFL back in control, he served as the “lead Republican” on the Housing Policy and Finance Committee.

Anderson expects a number of issues to rise to the surface in the upcoming biennium. One has to do with government spending.

“State spending grew at a 12 percent rate during the past two years of Democratic control in St. Paul,” Anderson said. “That was made possible by one of the largest tax increases in state history. I don’t think spending increases of that magnitude are sustainable.”

Another issue involves leadership being concentrated among metro-area members.

“Most of the leadership positions, including committee chairmanships, have been held by legislators from the metro area these past two years,” said Anderson. “The chair of the committee that controls the budget of the Agriculture Department, for example, is from Minneapolis. We need to have more geographic balance in these key positions.”

Anderson and his wife, Faith, live on their fourth generation family farm in Pope County. They have three grown children and three grandchildren.