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First elected in 1986, state Rep. Wagenius not seeking another term

The veteran lawmaker has announced her decision not to run again.

The state legislature will soon be losing one of its longest-serving members.

Rep. Jean Wagenius, a DFLer who represents District 63B (which covers part of Minneapolis and Richfield), announced on Tuesday she won't seek another term. 

First elected in 1986, Wagenius, 78, has served nearly 33 years in the legislature. 

In her announcement, she said she's stepping down because there is now "a new and larger group of legislators" ready to take up the causes near and dear to her: clean air, clean water and combatting climate change.

She thanked her constituents for their support in helping her and other legislators pass a wide variety of measures aimed at improving the environment. 

Those include a bill requiring "the Minnesota Department of Health to replace its outdated, adult-based air and water standards with tougher child-based ones so toxins won’t affect a child’s development or contribute to diseases like cancer."

In her 17th term, Wagenius is a lawyer by trade. 

She is the fourth longest-serving House member, with Rep. Lyndon Carlson — who's been in office since 1973 — taking first place, according to the legislature. 

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