Another state senator says she won't run, plans to 'explore other opportunities'


Another state lawmaker announced she won't be seeking re-election.

Senate Assistant Majority Leader Katie Sieben, a Democrat who serves parts of Washington and Dakota counties, said in a statement Tuesday she is looking forward to "exploring other opportunities."


Sieben, who chairs the Subcommittee on Elections, has served in the legislature for 14 years, including four years in the House of Representatives. She has done work to pass all-day kindergarten and expand pre-k, something she calls "particularly gratifying."

She also worked on improving transportation, election reform, banning harmful chemicals like BPA, and increasing protections for the state's waterways, the release says.


Sieben says she's grateful for the support of her family, and especially for the guidance of her father Mike Sieben, who served in the Minnesota House for 10 years.

"He told me I’d never regret serving in public office, and he was right. The ability to help people, to make a difference, and to work for what I believe is right has been incredibly rewarding," the statement says.

In the upcoming session. Sieben hopes to continue her work to improve transportation and expanding pre-kindergarten and family leave, and she says after her retirement she'll continue her dedication to the people of Minnesota.

Sieben latest to not run again

Sieben is the latest in a string of state lawmakers to announce they won’t seek re-election. The Pioneer Press has a list of more than a dozen politicians who have announced such plans so far.


"A Democratic-Farmer-Labor majority in the legislature is vital to continuing the progress that has been made, and I plan to do all I can to ensure that the Senate remains under DFL leadership," Sieben adds.


Rep. Rick Hansen, DFL-South St. Paul, said in a statement Tuesday that Sieben's retirement is a "huge loss" for Dakota County, noting the Minnesota Legislature is "losing another talented leader." Hansen also said "Minnesotans need to ask themselves why talented legislators like Katie Sieben keep leaving the Minnesota Legislature."


Note: Sen. Seiben has a namesake with another Minnesota official: Katie Clark Sieben, who is the commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).

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