Rep. Thomas Huntley not seeking re-election

By KBJR News 1

December 18, 2013 Updated Dec 18, 2013 at 7:59 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- After 22 years of service to his constituents in the Northland, Representative Thomas Huntley is retiring from his District 7A seat in the Minnesota House.

Rep. Huntley announced Tuesday that he will not seek re-election to the Minnesota House. He will complete his 11th term in the Legislature.

“It has been an honor of a lifetime to serve the people of Duluth and Minnesota at the State Capitol,” said Huntley. “I am humbled by this opportunity and the chance I have had to work on issues so vital to the health of our people and state.”

Huntley said he is leaving the legislature to pursue continued service in health care. In particular, he is looking to focus attention on primary care and rural access issues.

Majority Leader Erin Murphy released this statement on Huntley's announcement:
"I will miss his leadership and guidance on health care issues and our state will miss his relentless focus on making our health care system work better for Minnesotans. I give him my best wishes and mighty congratulations on a legislative career that has left Minnesota a better place.”

University of Minnesota professor Jennifer Schultz has already announced her candidacy to fill the House District 7A seat that will be vacant with Huntley's retirement. Schultz says she will be seeking the DFL and labor endorsements.

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