Forest Lake Rep. Bob Dettmer not seeking re-election – Twin Cities


State Rep. Bob Dettmer, a 16-year-old Republican lawmaker from Forest Lake, announced Thursday that he will not run for the Minnesota House in November.

Bob Dettmer (courtesy photo)

Dettmer joins a growing list of lawmakers retiring, sparked in part by new legislative district lines a state court panel released Tuesday. So far, 27 of the 201 members of the House and Senate have announced their intention to retire or run for another office.

Dettmer represents the District of House 39A, which includes Stillwater, Forest Lake, Marine on St. Croix, Scandia, Shafer, as well as the townships of Franconia, Stillwater and May.

“I want to thank the citizens of House District 39A for their support over the years and for the opportunity to represent their interests in St. Paul,” Dettmer said in a statement. “It has truly been an honor and a privilege, but after 16 years in the political arena, I am ready to spend more time with my family.”

First elected in 2006, Dettmer, a retired educator and U.S. Army Reserve chief warrant officer, has been a leading advocate for veterans affairs in the House. He served on the House Veterans Affairs and Military Affairs Committee during each of his terms and as chairman from 2015 to 2018. He was instrumental in securing state funding for three new homes of veterans who are currently under construction, excluding military retirement allowance from state income. taxes and obtaining funding for the construction of the Minnesota Medal of Honor memorial on the grounds of the state capitol, among other legislative accomplishments.


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