State Rep. Laura Brod, R-New Prague, told her constituents that she would will not run for re-election this year.

"It is my belief that the time for others to serve in the Legislature for our district has come, and my time to find other challenges and ways to contribute is upon me," she said in her letter. "It is in that spirit I announce that I will not be a candidate for re-election in 2010 for the State Legislature in District 25A."

Since she came to the Minnesota House in 2002, Republicans have praised her a GOP rising star and remarked on her leadership ability. Her name may pop up on election ballots to come.

She is the 18th lawmaker to announce retirement.

Here's the list:

  1. House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher, DFL-Minneapolis, who is running for governor
  2. Rep. Marty Seifert, R-Marshall
  3. Sen. Tarryl Clark, DFL-St. Cloud, who is running for Congress against Republican U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann
  4. Rep. Karla Bingham, DFL-Cottage Grove
  5. Rep. Jeremy Kalin, DFL-North Branch
  6. Rep. Cy Thao, DFL-St. Paul
  7. Rep. Rob Eastlund, R-Cambridge
  8. Sen. Steve Dille, R-Dassel
  9. Sen. Steve Murphy, DFL-Red Wing
  10. Sen. Pat Pariseau, R-Farmington
  11. Sen. Jim Vickerman, DFL-Tracy
  12. Sen. Dennis Frederickson, R-New Ulm
  13. Rep. Randy Demmer, R-Hayfield,  who is running against Democratic U.S. Rep. Tim Walz
  14. Rep. Dan Severson, R-Sauk Rapids, who is running for Secretary of State
  15. Rep. Tom Emmer, R-Delano, who is running for governor
  16. Rep. Paul Kohls, R-Victoria
  17. (update) Rep. Doug Magnus, R-Slayton, who is running for Vickerman's seat in the Senate
  18. Rep. Laura Brod, R-New Prague.

Are we missing any? Please let us know.

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