Dahms honored for advocacy on behalf of local cities

 In recognition of his legislative commitment to local communities, Sen. Gary Dahms (R-Redwood Falls) was named a “Legislator of Distinction” by the League of Minnesota Cities. The honor, which was given to 14 state senators and 18 state representatives, recognizes legislators for their specific city-friendly actions during the 2017 legislative session.

“During my time in the legislature, advocating for the communities of southwestern Minnesota has been my top priority,” said Sen. Dahms. “Many great things are happening in our part of the state, but our cities are also facing unique challenges. Working together with local officials, community members, and the League of Minnesota Cities, I believe we have accomplished a tremendous amount of good for the communities we represent.”

This legislative session, Sen. Dahms served as chairman of the Senate Commerce and Consumer Protection Finance and Policy Committee, where he oversaw important pieces of legislation with direct impact on Minnesota taxpayers. In addition, Sen. Dahms joined a bipartisan group of legislators in advocating for legislation aimed at addressing the many challenges facing rural communities across the state.

“Sen. Dahms is always accessible and he regularly contacts League staff on pending legislation for city positions and concerns,” said Gary Carlson, Intergovernmental Relations Director for the League of Minnesota Cities. “Sen. Dahms was again the chief author of the League’s bill to better clarify the sales tax exemption on construction materials for public entities. He was also the author of the League-initiated bill to exempt road construction and maintenance vehicles, which we hope to continue to work on in the future.”

“I will continue to be a passionate voice for the needs, desires, and concerns of rural Minnesota,” Sen. Dahms continued. “It is my commitment to never lose sight of the fact that the work we do in St. Paul has a real effect on families, farmers, business owners, and our other neighbors.”

Sen. Gary Dahms is in his third term representing Senate District 16, which includes communities in Brown, Lac qui Parle, Lyon, Redwood, Renville, and Yellow Medicine counties. In addition to serving as chair of the Senate Commerce and Consumer Protection Finance and Policy Committee, Sen. Dahms also serves as an assistant majority leader.