Miller not seeking reelection

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Ry Reed Anfinson
District 17A Minnesota House New Republican Rep. Tim Miller is not seeking reelection to a fifth two-year term in the Minnesota House, he announced in a statement Monday.
Miller’s district includes all of Swift and Chippewa counties, most of Renville County, and the four southwestern Kandiyohi County townships of Edwards, Holland, Roseland, and Lake Lillian.
While Miller said he couldn’t be specific about what he will be doing after he leaves the Legislature, he did hint that it would be tied to the issue about which he has been the most passionate in his life – the right to life. He made the comment while attending the District 777 Board of Education meeting Monday night.
With the potential for the U.S. Supreme Court undoing the Roe v. Wade abortion rights decision, there could be more opportunity for Minnesota to pass laws that limit abortion, he said. He would be working for that cause, Miller said.
Miller also said the Legislature has become a very difficult place to serve, especially in the past couple years. “It has worn me down pretty bad,” he said. “It takes positivity and energy to serve as a representative and I see that waning away. Out of respect for the office, the people’s office…” he said he couldn’t continue in elected office.
“Serving in the Minnesota House of Representatives has been one of the greatest honors of my life,” Miller said. “When the people of House District 17A elected me in 2014, my singular goal was to give them the representation they deserved. To my constituents, I want you to know that I have worked every day to earn the trust you placed in me.
“Still, life is full of exciting beginnings and inevitable endings. After careful thought and prayer, I am announcing that I will not seek reelection to the Minnesota House of Representatives. These last seven years have been full of triumph and challenges; the expected and unexpected. Through it all, I am thankful for God’s great faithfulness,” he said.
Miller’s current term will expire at the end of 2022.

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