Senjem honored for legislative work by League of Minnesota Cities

In recognition of his legislative commitment to advancing Minnesota’s cities, Sen. David Senjem (R-Rochester) has been 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.

“Minnesota – and, in particular, southeastern Minnesota – is fortunate to be home to many great communities and it is an honor to be recognized for my advocacy on their behalf,” said Sen. Senjem. “Working together with local officials, community members, and the League of Minnesota Cities, we have accomplished a tremendous amount of good for the communities we represent.”

As chairman of the Senate Capital Investment Committee, Sen. Senjem was the chief architect of a nearly-$1 billion bonding bill that passed during the 2017 legislative session and included millions of dollars for critical infrastructure projects in southeastern Minnesota and across the state. In addition to the bonding bill, Sen. Senjem was also the author of dozens of other pieces of legislation aimed at aiding in the success of cities statewide.

“Sen. Senjem authored and helped secure passage of a bonding bill that provides funding for capital projects in cities, including transportation infrastructure, water and wastewater infrastructure, and housing,” said Gary Carlson, Director of Intergovernmental Relations for the League of Minnesota Cities. “He worked with the League as the author or co-author on many city-related bills, including the special district levy certification date change, workforce housing TIF authority, and the LGA appropriation increase, which were included in some form in the final tax bill.  He also worked with the League on bills for general authority for local sales taxes, construction sale tax exemption clarification and the road construction vehicle sales tax exemption.”

“As a state senator and former Rochester city councilman, I pride myself on nurturing the important relationship state government must have with local governments. We must work, as one, for the common good of all citizens,” Sen. Senjem continued. “I truly appreciate this wonderful award. That said, the real award comes with the successes cities are enjoying because of our shared efforts.”

Sen. David Senjem is serving his fifth term in the Minnesota Senate. He represents Senate District 25, which includes communities in Dodge and Olmstead counties. Sen. Senjem serves as chairman of the Senate Capital Investment Committee and is a former majority and minority leader.