DFLer Hilty hangs it up

Eight term DFLer Bill Hilty is leaving the Minnesota House.

Hilty announced his departure in a statement this afternoon. Hilty lives in Finlayson and represents parts of Pine, Carlton, and St. Louis counties.

“It has been a privilege to be able to serve the people of our region and to work for the good of our state. I am grateful for all the friendships that have been built across Minnesota and I will continue to be a strong advocate for the critical issues facing our state,” Hilty said in his statement.

Hilty is a former chair of the House Energy Committee. His district has been renumbered to 11B and will include parts of Kanabec and Pine counties.

That makes for at least nine house members who aren’t running for re-election. Here’s the list so far:

Rep. Connie Doepke, R-Orono (running for state Senate)

Rep. Kent Eken, DFL-Twin Valley (running for state Senate)

Rep. Lyle Koenen, DFL Clara City (running for state Senate)

Rep. Kate Knuth, DFL-New Brighton

Rep. Bev Scalze, DFL-Little Canada (running for state Senate)

Rep. Bobby Joe Champion, DFL-Minneapolis (running for state Senate)

Rep. Mindy Greiling, DFL-Roseville

Rep. Mark Buesgens, R-Jordan

Rep. Bill Hilty, DFL-Finlayson

Rep. Pat Mazorol, R-Bloomingon

Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove

Rep. Mark Murdock, R-Perham

Rep. Kurt Bills, R-Rosemount (running for U.S. Senate)

Rep. Bruce Anderson, R-Buffalo Township (running for state Senate)

Rep. Mary Kiffmeyer, R-Big Lake (running for state Senate)

Rep. Torrey Westrom, R-Elbow Lake (running for state Senate)

Rep. Branden Peterson, R-Andover (running for state Senate)

Note: list has been updated…

  • Thomas Richard Kurhajetz

    Our State will be losing a great Representative of “The People”

    Tom Kurhajetz

    Pine County DFL Chair