State Rep. Mary Franson, R-Alexandria, announced Tuesday that she will seek re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2018.

"I'm proud of the work the legislature has done delivering tax relief for farmers, small business owners, senior citizens, and working families, but we have so much more work to do to improve and protect the lives of Minnesotans," said Franson in a news release. "With U.S. Supreme Court cases relating to religious liberty and freedom of association for workers expected to be decided later this year, we'll need conservatives in the legislature ready to protect the rights of Minnesotans regardless of the outcome."

During the 2017 Legislative Session, Franson chief-authored legislation that passed the House to impose penalties on doctors who perform the procedure known as female genital mutilation. The legislation did not receive a vote in the Senate.

"I will continue my work to protect young girls from this barbaric procedure by working with legislators and the governor's office to make sure this bill finally becomes law," Franson said.

Franson said she will also continue to promote pro-life legislation.

"Given the fact we have a new U.S. senator whose professional experience includes being an executive at Planned Parenthood, it's important now more than ever that we have pro-life voices in public office."

Franson, who is currently serving her fourth term in the Minnesota House, chairs the House Subcommittee on Childcare Access and Affordability.