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Another legislator — Rep. Paul Kohls, R-Victoria — won’t seek re-election

State Rep. Paul Kohls, a four-term Republican from Victoria, said today he won’t seek re-election.

State Rep. Paul Kohls, a four-term Republican from Victoria, said today he won’t seek re-election. He was first elected in 2002 and says: “At some point all good things much come to an end.”

The way the Legislature has slogged and churned the past few years, he’s apparently got a very optimistic, wide-ranging definition of good things.

His departure has Capitol reporters, including Tom Scheck and Rachel Stassen-Berger, toting up the announced retirements so far: 17, they say. That’s out of a total of 201, or just over 8 percent. Six, though, are running for other political offices.

The list of those packing:

  • House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher, DFL-Minneapolis, running for governor
  • Rep. Tom Emmer, R-Delano, running for governor
  • Sen. Tarryl Clark, DFL-St. Cloud, running against U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann
  • Rep. Randy Demmer, R-Hayfield, running against Democratic U.S. Rep. Tim Walz
  • Rep. Dan Severson, R-Sauk Rapids, running for secretary of state
  • Rep. Marty Seifert, R-Marshall
  • 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. Doug Magnus, R-Slayton, running for Vickerman’s seat in the Senate
  • Rep. Paul Kohls, R-Victoria