Sen. Paul Anderson named Chairman of Senate Higher Education Finance and Policy Committee

Sen. Anderson to focus on making post-secondary education modern and relevant for 21st century workplaces

Senator Paul Anderson (R-Plymouth) was named Chairman of the Senate Committee on Higher Education Finance and Policy. The committee has oversight of Minnesota’s higher education budget for the Minnesota State colleges and universities system, and the University of Minnesota system. Senator Anderson is the only first-term state senator currently serving as a committee chair in the Minnesota State Senate.

“Post-secondary education is essential in the ever-changing global economy. Minnesotans recognize this new reality, but a one-size-fits-all model does not meet the needs of all students,” said Senator Anderson. “Minnesota must make sure we have high quality post-secondary options for all students whether it is a four-year degree, two-year technical degree, or a skilled apprenticeship program.”

In addition to serving on the Higher Education Committee, Senator Anderson served as Vice-Chair of the Senate Jobs and Economic Growth Finance and Policy Committee during the last legislative biennium. Senator Anderson led efforts to create the Youth Skills Training Program to modernize vocational training.  Anderson also championed the Workforce Development Scholarship program, which provides students with funding to enter programs in high-growth, high-demand industries. Further, Anderson worked to expand the Minnesota State Grant Program to provide additional need-based financial aid for students at Minnesota institutions.

“As chair, I will lead efforts to ensure that we have a modern post-secondary system that is prepared to serve the needs of all students for the future of work,” added Senator Anderson. “Post-secondary education should be affordable, accessible, and relevant. I look forward to working with Governor-elect Walz and the House DFL Caucus to find bipartisan solutions that will benefit Minnesota families and students.”