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Praise for longest-serving Minnesota House member Lyndon Carlson, who is stepping down

He has been a lawmaker for 47 years.
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Tributes have been paid to Rep. Lyndon Carlson, the longest-serving representative in Minnesota history, after he announced he will not seek re-election in 2020.

Rep. Lyndon Carlson (DFL–Crystal, Plymouth and New Hope) was first elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 1972.

After what will be 48 years in the Legislature, the 79-year-old will relinquish his seat in January 2021 to whomever wins the election for District 45A this coming November.

"The past 47 years have been exceptionally fulfilling. I have had the opportunity to be part of many important and lasting legislative accomplishments for the people of Minnesota," he said.

He added:

"As a teacher, one of my main interests has been education. Investments in education at all levels continues to keep Minnesota a strong, vibrant state. Each session brought new opportunities and new ways to represent my constituents and to help residents across the state. As chair of the House Ways and Means Committee and the longest serving legislator in Minnesota history, I have played a role in many of the key issues in health care and prescription drugs, the environment, jobs and economic development, transportation, and education at all levels — in addition to many other issues."

Among those paying tribute to Carlson for his years of service is House Majority Leader Ryan Winkler, who described him as a "valuable mentor and dedicated friend" to many lawmakers throughout the years.

"He represents the best example of public service Minnesotans could ask for in an elected official. Representative Carlson played a vital role in the most difficult and the most uplifting moments in our state for the last half century," he said.

"His knowledge, expertise, and kindness are irreplaceable for the Minnesota House of Representatives, and the House will just not be the same without him."

Among the others paying tribute to Carlson is Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon.

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