Another DFLer, Sen. Kathy Sheran, announces retirement

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A DFL Minnesota state senator has decided not to run for re-election – just the latest in a string of legislators who've decided against returning to the Capitol.

Sen. Kathy Sheran, whose 19th District represents parts of southern Minnesota, announced Monday she will retire from the Legislature at the end of her term, in late 2016.

Sheran, of Mankato, has served in the Senate for 10 years.

She chairs the Senate's Health, Housing and Human Services Committee, and has taken the lead on a variety of issues during her tenure. She was lead author of the indoor smoking ban in restaurants and bars that was approved in 2007. 

Sheran has also worked on reforms to the Minnesota Sex Offender Program and the state's child protection system.

Before being elected, Sheran worked as a nurse for some 30 years and was an assistant professor of nursing at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press notes that Sheran is one of six senators who've already announced their plans to retire or who have resigned – three DFLers and three Republicans.

Here's the Pioneer Press's list of all the Minnesota legislators not running for re-election.

Sheran's Senate district is heavily Democratic, and she was unopposed when she ran for re-election in 2012, the newspaper reports.

As for who might decide to run for her seat, Bluestem Prairie predicts former state Rep. Terry Morrow is a strong possibility. Morrow served six years in the House, from 2007-2013. He is currently leading Congressman Tim Walz's re-election campaign.

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