Citing stress on his family life, Rep. Mike LeMieur, R-Little Falls, has announced he won’t run for re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives.
The first-term representative said it was a difficult decision because he enjoyed the legislative process and working with other lawmakers.
“I’d rather regret leaving the Legislature than regret missing my kids grow up,” he said Friday.
LeMieur and his wife, Julie, are the parents of three boys, Elijah, 13, and twins, Nicholas and Isaac, 11.
“The time I spend away from my family is time I can never get back,” he said in a news release. “I always want to be with my family for the events and school functions that are so important to them in their lives and I want to be sure I am around during this impressionable time in their lives.”
LeMieur, 44, was elected to represent House District 12B in 2010. He had run unsuccessfully for the seat in 2008.
His proudest legislative accomplishment was the bipartisan passage of the Green Acres bill, a bill that lifted restrictions and allowed a more favorable tax rate for farmers who owned non-tillable land. He said he met a lot of great people in the Legislature and he hoped to maintain those friendships.
He said there are three District residents who indicated that they were willing to run for the Republican endorsement for the House seat, if he ever decided to not run. The endorsing convention for the new District 9B is May 5.
The only announced candidate is Adrian Welle, a Pierz City Council member who is seeking the DFL endorsement.
LeMieur and his brothers own a plumbing heating business in Little Falls. LeMieur’s uncle, Steve Wenzel, represented Little Falls area in the House for many years. LeMieur said he wouldn’t rule out another run for political office in the years to come.
“I’ll always be open for serving,” he said.