Norm Siekman has announced his candidacy in the Republican Party for the office of Minnesota State Representative in District 9B.
Siekman grew up on a family farm in Illinois. He has had a home in Morrison County for more than 20 years.
He has a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois and an master of business administration (MBA) degree from the University of Chicago. He is currently enrolled in the graduate program in applied economics at St Cloud State University.
After a successful career at AT&T in Chicago, where he rose to director of network planning for the 10-state central region, including Minnesota, Siekman joined ADC Telecommunications in the Twin Cities, eventually becoming divisional general manager. He then started a small, family-owned business. Now a business management consultant, Siekman said his experience in working in a large corporation, managing in a medium-sized company, and starting a small business enables him to understand the needs of small business owners and the challenges of growing jobs.
Currently the chairperson of the University of Minnesota Extension Service Committee in Morrison County and the vice chairman of the Morrison County Planning and Zoning Committee, Siekman is also the immediate past president of the Bethany Lutheran Church Council in Cushing.
“As a member of the House of Representatives, I will work to support businesses in Minnesota with an environment in which they can successfully grow their businesses and where our citizens can acquire the education they need to obtain competitive, challenging jobs in a changing environment,” said Siekman. “Minnesota should be a state where family values, hard work and integrity are rewarded in a growing economy.”