Housley sworn in as state senator

Tenth Judicial District, Judge Greg Galler of Stillwater, left, administers the oath of office Tuesday to new District 39 Sen. Karin Housley, right as Housley's husband, Phil looks on during a ceremony Tuesday at the State Capitol in St. Paul (Photo courtesy of Sen. Karin Housley)

Tenth Judicial District, Judge Greg Galler of Stillwater, left, administers the oath of office Tuesday to new District 39 Sen. Karin Housley, right as Housley’s husband, Phil looks on during a ceremony Tuesday at the State Capitol in St. Paul (Photo courtesy of Sen. Karin Housley)

ST. PAUL — District 39 Sen. Karin Housley (R-St. Mary’s Point) took the oath of office Tuesday at a swearing-in ceremony in the State Capitol in St. Paul.
Housley, who was elected in November to her first term in the Minnesota Senate, will serve on the Commerce Committee, tate and Local Government Committee and E-12 Education Division of the Finance Committee during the 2013 legislative session.
“I am honored to serve the people of our district in the Minnesota State Senate. I look forward to working on education, commerce and state and local government policies,” Housley said. “The work we will do in the Education Finance Committee is particularly important to our community. We must
ensure that our schools are adequately funded and well-positioned to provide Minnesota’s school children with quality education opportunities.”
Although the state budget forecast released in December unveiled a total positive balance of more than $2.5 billion for the current biennium, it also projected a $1.1 billion deficit for the 2014-15 biennium.
Balancing the state’s budget for the next two-year budget calendar is expected to be the primary focus of this year’s legislative session.
Housley was elected inthe newly Senate District 39, which includes parts of Washington and Chisago counties. Housley can be reached by telephone at 651-296-4351, by mail at 21 State Office Building, St. Paul, MN 55155, or via e-mail at sen.karin.housley@senate.mn.

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