Robling not running for re-election

The chair of the powerful Senate Finance Committee announced this morning that she’s not running for re-election. Sen. Claire Robling, R-Jordan, says she made the decision after thinking about it for the past year.

“Sixteen years in this position is long enough,” Robling said in a statement. “I find my enthusiasm for doing this job for another four years is waning. I think it’s time to let someone else step into this spot.”

Robling also said that she’s becoming more concerned that the Legislature has become more partisan over the years.

“I fear that statesmen are vanishing as partisanship deepens,” Robling said in a statement. “It is very difficult to pass common sense measures into law these days because special interest groups block or promote agendas that only benefit themselves.”

Robling was first elected in 1996 and didn’t face a serious challenge in the upcoming election. She has represented Scott County over the past ten years.

Robling is one of the most senior members in the Senate Republican Caucus. She’s also the 14th member of the Senate to announce that they’re not running in November (10 Republicans and four Democrats). A court panel released a new set of political boundaries in February.

Update: Here’s an interview MPR’s Tom Crann did with Robling:

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Here’s the list of retirements:

Sen. Keith Langseth, DFL-Glyndon

Sen. Gretchen Hoffman, R-Vergas (opted to run for Congress in the 7th District but lost the endorsement to Lee Byberg)

Sen. Doug Magnus, R-Slayton

Sen. Al DeKruif, R-Madison Lake (announced retirement after he was paired with GOP Sen. Julie Rosen)

Sen. Mike Parry, R-Waseca (running for Congress in the 1st District)

Sen. Amy Koch, R-Buffalo

Sen. Michael Jungbauer, R-East Bethel(lost endorsement battle with GOP Sen. Michelle Benson)

Sen. Gen Olson, R-Minnetrista

Sen. Geoff Michel, R-Edina

Sen. Clair Robling, R-Jordan

Sen. Chris Gerlach, R-Apple Valley

Sen. Linda Higgins, DFL-Minneapolis

Sen. Ken Kelash, DFL-Minneapolis (lost endorsement battle to Michelle Wikilund)

Sen. Mary Jo McGuire, DFL-Falcon Heights (lost endorsement battle to DFL Sen. John Marty)

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    Robling also said that she’s becoming more concerned that the Legislature has become more partisan over the years.

    “I fear that statesmen are vanishing as partisanship deepens,” Robling said in a statement. “It is very difficult to pass common sense measures into law these days because special interest groups block or promote agendas that only benefit themselves.”

    Gosh, where does she get this … after all, the Mankato Free Press reported (link in today’s always informative Daily Digest) :

    “They wet their pants any time you mention guns and they run and hide on voter ID,” Tony Cornish (Good Thunder) said of the DFL. “… (Voter ID) is a very important issue and they say we’re wasting time.

    And Tim Pugmire reported on April 5th, that House Majority Leader Matt Dean, R-Dellwood, suggested that movement on the bonding bill was contingent on DFL Gov. Mark Dayton’s willingness to bargain on other issues. “I know a lot of our members are very, very interested in having the governor sign some reform bills before we take up the bonding bill,” Dean said

    Jeez, who can blame her …