Minnesota State Senator Julie Rosen (R-Fairmont) announced she will retire from the State Senate at the end of the year and endorsed fellow Senator Rich Draheim’s (R-Madison Lake) candidacy for the newly drawn Senate District 22. She released the following statement:

“Representing the people of Southern Minnesota for two decades has been a tremendous honor and I have treasured my time in the Senate. The friendships I made throughout my tenure will carry on, and I thank every one of my constituents who blessed me with the opportunity to serve them. I also want to thank my family for their unwavering support over the years. I’m looking forward to spending more time with them at the end of this session.

“I’m proud of the work I did for our state and region including critical work to improve mental healthcare, combat the opioid and meth epidemic, build the Vikings Stadium, pension reform, balance state budgets, and so much more.

“The best way we can ensure our region is represented by a strong conservative voice is by electing my friend and colleague Rich Draheim. His reasons for wanting to serve are exactly what we need at the Capitol. He cares deeply about the people he serves and our great state. He has my complete support and I know he will serve us well.”

Senator Julie Rosen is in her sixth term in the Senate and represents Senate District 23. She has chaired the Senate Finance Committee for the past six years and previously chaired the Senate Energy Committee from 2011 to 2012.

Senator Rich Draheim is in his 2nd term and currently represents Senate District 20. He was first elected in 2016 and chairs the Senate Housing Committee.

Both Senator Rosen and Draheim were drawn in the new Senate District 22 this week under the state’s new district maps. The district encompasses parts of Blue Earth, Faribault, Le Sueur, Martin, Rice, Scott, and Watonwan counties.