Rep. Kris Hasskamp, DFL-Crosby, has started a consulting firm and will lobby for various interests during the 2001 legislative session.
The 12-year House veteran, who was defeated by Baxter Police Officer Dale Walz of rural Brainerd Nov. 7, is setting up Kris Hasskamp Consulting and Advocacy Services, which will specialize in governmental and community relations. She will continue to live in the Crosby area and her business will be based there. Hasskamp hopes to continue working as a substitute teacher and to become a guardian ad litem for the court system.
She said Monday she envisioned working with businesses in the tourism, and health care fields as well as with governmental entities. She said she considered her new position as being more of an advocate than a lobbyist.
"I've always respected good lobbyists, honest ones that are valuable," she said.
The 49-year-old lawmaker said she's still not sure why the voters chose another candidate, noting that she worked hard for her constituents.
"It was certainly one of the most major traumatic events in my life," Hasskamp said. "I immediately began to look for new doors to open. I didn't want to stop helping people. It was a jolt. It was so unexpected. I'm still trying to figure it out."
She said that in her 12-year legislative career she served on 20 different committees and she didn't want to waste the knowledge she had acquired at the Capitol.
As far as future political plans, Hasskamp said she isn't ruling anything out. She said she wanted to figure out what concerns the voters had about her work as a lawmaker and also would have to wait to see what her district's new political boundaries are after redistricting.
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