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Minnesota House Majority Leader Joyce Peppin to retire from office

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

Minnesota House Majority Leader Joyce Peppin has announced she won't seek re-election this coming November.

The Republican is serving her seventh term in office in District 34A, which covers Dayton, Maple Grove and Rogers.

She'll be stepping down in January, saying serving in the Legislature "was not meant to be a full-time career, but rather a temporary public service."

"I know there are many smart leaders with new ideas, goals and skills that will step forward to serve," she added.

She listed her accomplishments as including securing funding for the I-94/Brockton interchange work in Dayton and getting emergency financial relief for those impacted by the 2006 Rogers tornado.

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An attorney by trade, Peppin has taken a job as the Director of Government Affairs and General Counsel for the Minnesota Rural Electric Association (MREA) in Maple Grove.

House Speaker Kurt Daudt paid tribute to Peppin following her announcement, saying her "leadership will be missed by our caucus and the legislature."

"As a team, we have accomplished a lot – lowering taxes, fixing roads and bridges, and beginning to unravel the damage done by Obamacare," he added. "I am sad to see my good friend retire from the House, but I wish her the best in her next venture."

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