After a public service career spanning four decades, Bev Scalze has said she will not seek re-election to the Minnesota State Senate in 2016.
Sen. Scalze, DFL-Little Canada, made the announcement Wednesday, bringing the curtain down on a "long chapter" of service that saw her first enter public office as a member of the Little Canada City Council in 1978, where she spent 24 years.
She was elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2004, serving eight years, before being elected to the Senate in 2012.
"I am looking forward to having more time to spend with my family, especially my two granddaughters who live in Florida. I am also eager to focus more time and energy on my wildlife art," Scalze said in a press release.
She highlighted her involvement in the 2008 Legacy Amendment, a bill protecting drinking water sources, as well as enhancing Minnesota's natural areas and cultural heritage, as one of the successes of her career that she describes as a "lasting gift to give our future generations."
Scalze also expressed pride at investments made in the Highway 36 Rice Street bridge and infrastructure at Rice Creek Commons, which she said have "allowed the Northeast Metro to continue to grow and expanded opportunities for my community."
A graduate of Lake of the Woods High School in Baudette, Sen. Scalze studied wildlife art at the College of Visual Arts in St. Paul.
She intends to continue to live in Little Canada with her husband, spending free time with their two children and five granddaughters.