Minnesota Senator Mee Moua surprised her colleagues as she announced she would not seek another term in the Senate. (Video below)
Senator Mee Moua – partial statement:
My life has afforded me the opportunity to see the best of what Minnesota has to offer. Serving in the Minnesota Senate has given me the opportunity to have experiences and break down barriers that I never could have imagined. Over the last nine years I have been blessed to be surrounded by an extraordinary group of staff, supporters and colleagues – all of whom gave me the strength and inspiration to keep fighting for Minnesota’s future. I will always treasure their partnership and I am forever grateful to my supporters for allowing me to stand on their shoulders as I have realized the greatest honor of my life – serving the people of Saint Paul’s East Side and the state of Minnesota.
Above all – I am humbled by the sacrifices my family has made in support of my commitment to public service, sacrifices that were amplified by the recent loss of my mother-in-law. Their love, support, and sacrifices made these ten years possible. I want the next decade to be about my family and my children’s future. The time has come to start a new chapter in my life – one that puts my family first. It is with this new focus that I am announcing that I will not seek reelection to the Senate.
But watch the video – for discussion of which senators fit which Winnie the Pooh characters, and how she came to be chair of the Short Caucus.
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