In recognition of his legislative work to advance Minnesota’s cities, Sen. Jerry Relph (R-St. Cloud) 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 specific city-friendly actions during the 2017 legislative session.
“Central Minnesota is fortunate to be home to vibrant, thriving communities; it is an honor to be recognized for my advocacy on their behalf,” said Sen. Relph. “Working together with local officials, community members, and the League of Minnesota Cities, we are making great strides in ensuring our communities remain attractive and prosperous.”
In his first term in public office, Sen. Relph was instrumental in securing the passage of needed funding for improvements to both St. Cloud State University and the Minnesota Correctional Facility-St. Cloud. In addition, Sen. Relph authored dozens of pieces of legislation aimed at addressing the unique challenges many cities across the state are facing.
“As a first-term legislator, Sen. Relph consulted with the League multiple times on city-related issues,” said Irene Kao, Intergovernmental Relations Counsel for the League of Minnesota Cities. “Sen. Relph also authored a bill that would have provided funding for statewide data practices training, which was one of the League’s 2017 legislative priorities. While the bill was not heard in committee, the League looks forward to working with him next session to advance this bill.”
“It is my job to be a passionate advocate for the interests of the people and communities in Benton, Sherburne, and Stearns counties,” Sen. Relph continued. “It is my commitment that, as we move forward, I will continue to do just that.”
Sen. Jerry Relph, of St. Cloud, is in his first term representing Senate District 14, which includes St. Cloud, Waite Park, St. Augusta, and other communities in Benton, Sherburne, and Stearns counties.