Publish date:

Another long-serving Minnesota lawmaker announces retirement

Rep. Bob Gunther was first elected in 1995.
Rep. Bob Gunther

Another longtime member of the Minnesota Legislature has announced his intention to retire following the 2020 elections.

Rep. Bob Gunther, a Republican who has served the Fairmont area in the Minnesota House of Representatives in 1995, has said he will not seek re-election in 2020, and will step down at the end of his term in January 2021.

"I'd like to thank the citizens in House District 23A for their support over the years and for the opportunity to represent their interests in St. Paul," he said in a statement.

"It has truly been an honor and a privilege, but after nearly twenty five years of being in the political arena I am ready to spend more time with my family."

Rep. Gunther was first election in a special election in 1995, and is the second most senior member of the House Republican Caucus.

His retirement comes after the longest-serving representative in Minnesota history, DFL Rep. Lyndon Carlson, announced he will not seek re-election in 2020.

During his time in office, Rep. Gunther has served as chairman of the Jobs and Economic Development Finance Committee, the Greater Minnesota Economic and Workforce Development Policy Committee, and the Legacy Funding Finance Committee.

Sign up: Subscribe to our BREAKING NEWS newsletters

He cites laws encouraging businesses to expand and relocate to rural Minnesota as among his legislative achievements, as well as his role in creating the I-90 corridor.

Leading the tributes to Gunther is House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt, who said: "Bob has been champion for Southern Minnesota, beloved by the communities he’s served, and universally respected at the Capitol over the past 25 years.

"Our caucus is so grateful for his years of public service, quiet leadership, and the wisdom he’s shared with us over the years. We want to wish Bob and Nancy a happy retirement as they step away from the legislature."

Next Up

Father Paul Kubista at St. Mary of Czestochowa

Controversy after Delano priest shares vaccine misinformation in church bulletin

Father Paul Kubista is pastor at St. Mary of Czestochowa Catholic Church.


Mel-O-Glaze, DreamHaven Books robbed at gunpoint minutes apart

The businesses were hit by three robbers just six minutes apart on Oct. 21.

Cambridge house explosion

Explosion destroys house in Cambridge, 5 injured

The explosion occurred early Saturday morning on the 33000 block of Hillary Circle.


Charges: Lyft driver sexually assaulted woman in her home

The defendant is being held on a $100,000 bond.

Pixabay - black bear

Black bear bites professional baseball player in western Wisconsin

The former MSU-Mankato star was bitten in his back.

mickey moore driver's license shared

Beleaguered Ward 9 city council candidate loses Strib endorsement

Mickey Moore has faced questions in recent days about where he actually lives.

CDC biohazard scientist health work

New clue may explain how rare tropical disease sickened Minnesotan

The disease, known as melioidosis, killed 2 people earlier this year.

Sen Mark Koran crop

MN lawmaker encourages donations for locals charged in Jan. 6 insurrection

"They are a good family!" Sen. Mark Koran wrote Friday.


Money Gal Coaching: Mastering the spiritual parts of money

Kelly Blodgett used her passion behind becoming debt free to launch Money Gal Coaching.


Dick Cohen

Another long-serving DFLer to retire amid primary challenge

Sen. Dick Cohen has held his seat since 1987.

Minnesota lawmaker pressured over 'Hitler Youth' post

Rep. Mary Franson is attracting unwanted attention for her social media post.

Another state lawmaker accused of sexual harassment: Rep. Tony Cornish

Accusations against Rep. Tony Cornish have now come out.


Facing primary challenge, St. Paul DFLer announces retirement

Tim Mahoney is stepping down after 22 years in the Legislature.

Minnesota House Majority Leader to retire from office

Rep. Joyce Peppin confirms she won't seek re-election in November.

New Edina lawmaker gets nasty letter saying she can't be a good mom

Heather Edelson was elected as a state representative in last month's mid-terms.

Woman accuses MN lawmaker of unwanted touching

She has made a formal complaint to police.

Al Franken announces his resignation as Minnesota senator

It follows allegations of inappropriate conduct from multiple women.