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:
- House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher, DFL-Minneapolis, who is running for governor
- Rep. Marty Seifert, R-Marshall
- Sen. Tarryl Clark, DFL-St. Cloud, who is running for Congress against Republican U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann
- Rep. Karla Bingham, DFL-Cottage Grove
- Rep. Jeremy Kalin, DFL-North Branch
- Rep. Cy Thao, DFL-St. Paul
- Rep. Rob Eastlund, R-Cambridge
- Sen. Steve Dille, R-Dassel
- Sen. Steve Murphy, DFL-Red Wing
- Sen. Pat Pariseau, R-Farmington
- Sen. Jim Vickerman, DFL-Tracy
- Sen. Dennis Frederickson, R-New Ulm
- Rep. Randy Demmer, R-Hayfield, who is running against Democratic U.S. Rep. Tim Walz
- Rep. Dan Severson, R-Sauk Rapids, who is running for Secretary of State
- Rep. Tom Emmer, R-Delano, who is running for governor
- Rep. Paul Kohls, R-Victoria
- (update) Rep. Doug Magnus, R-Slayton, who is running for Vickerman's seat in the Senate
- Rep. Laura Brod, R-New Prague.
Are we missing any? Please let us know.