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Retiring GOP Sen. Geoff Michel Says He Wants to Finish Strong

Newspaper article

Retiring GOP Sen. Geoff Michel Says He Wants to Finish Strong

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State Sen. Geoff Michel has a bill pending this session that places a 10-year term limit on legislators. Monday he followed his own recommendation.

After serving 10 years as the Republican senator from District 41 in Edina and west Bloomington, Michel decided not to seek another term.

He sounded more upbeat than he has in months when he cited as his reasons his growing family and his desire to return full time to his job as legal counsel at Securian Insurance.

"There was zero frustration, zero concerns [about the Legislature]," he said. "The last couple of years have been the most fulfilling, the most fun. What an honor to be in the majority."

Michel was a pivotal player in the events surrounding the December departure of Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch after she admitted to an inappropriate relationship with a subordinate staff member.

As assistant majority leader, Michel took the lead in explaining the details of the resignation to the media. Later, he admitted he had blurred the timeline of events to protect a whistle-blower. Then he, too, stepped down from a leadership post.

Now, Michel says he wants to finish strong.

He wants the Legislature to pass his jobs bill, which offers a hefty dose of tax and regulatory relief. A focus on the economy, or lack thereof, was the reason Michel broke with his party to vote no on the so-called Castle Doctrine legislation that expands the definition of self-defense. (Last night, Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed that bill. …

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