Rep. Lyndon Carlson, Longest Serving Legislator in MN History, Will Not Seek Re-Election
Rep. Lyndon Carlson, DFL-Crystal, announced Wednesday he will not seek re-election. First elected in 1972, Carlson is the longest serving legislator in Minnesota history.
Carlson’s district includes Crystal, New Hope and the eastern section of Plymouth. He will serve the rest of his term and step down next year.
In a statement to CCX News, Carlson says he made the decision after a lot of thought and conversation with his wife, Carole.
“The past 47 years have been exceptionally fulfilling,” said Carlson. “I have had the opportunity to be part of many important and lasting legislative accomplishments for the people of Minnesota.”
Carlson, a retired teacher and coach, says he made investments in education a priority.
“Investments in education at all levels continues to keep Minnesota a strong, vibrant state,” he said.
Carlson, who turns 80 in April, currently chairs the Minnesota House Ways and Means Committee.
“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,” Carlson said in the statement.
The 2020 legislative session convenes Feb. 11.
“There are many significant local and statewide issues that will be part of the session. I look forward to being an active participant in the session,” he said. “From now until a new legislator takes office in January 2021, I will maintain my commitment to serve the residents of the district and the people of Minnesota.”