Rep. Mike LeMieur, R-Little Falls, announced today that he will not seek re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives for District 12B.
In making his announcement, LeMieur cited family reasons as the main consideration in his decision not to seek a second term.
“This was a very difficult decision to make. I have greatly enjoyed the work of the legislature and the opportunity to be engaged in the legislative process and the making of laws,” said LeMieur. “It was rewarding to work on legislation to benefit the people of my district and the state of Minnesota. It was rewarding to get to know and work with legislators from throughout the state.”
LeMieur and his wife, Julie, have three sons, Elijah, Nicholas and Isaac.
“We only get a short time with them because our children grow up all too fast,” said LeMieur. “The time I spend away from my family is time I can never get back. I always want to be with my family for the events and school functions that are so important to them in their lives and I want to be sure I am around during this very impressionable time in their lives.”
LeMieur said it has been a great honor and privilege to represent the people of Morrison and Crow Wing counties in the state legislature.
“There could not be a greater people to represent anywhere than the people of my district,” said LeMieur. “I want to say thank you for the opportunity they gave me by allowing me to serve in the Minnesota House of Representatives.”
“I have really enjoyed getting to know and work with so many good people from throughout my district. I will carry with me these memories and the friendships from this legislative experience throughout my lifetime,” said LeMieur.
Morrison County Republican Chair Patty Wilczek said four candidates have expressed interest in running for the seat, which after redistricting has been designated as House of Representatives District 9B.
“But they want time to decide and talk with their family members,” said Wilczek. “So we’re just going to let them announce themselves next week, possibly early in the week.”
LeMieur, a first-term legislator in District 12B, first ran for the seat in 2008, but was unable to defeat incumbent Democrat Al Doty. In 2010, the tables turned and he defeated Doty with 57 percent of the vote.