Departing Sen.Steve Murphy says it was a pleasure to serve but time was hard on his family

Colorful state Sen. Steve Murphy, a DFLer from Red Wing won’t be returning to the Capitol next year — he’s stepping down after 18 years — but he was honored last week at an event at the Minnesota Correctional Facility-Red Wing.

He was blunt about his many years in office, says a story in the Red Wing Republican Eagle.

His biggest regret: the impact on his family, the paper said.

I spent too much time doing the people’s business and not enough time doing family business,” he said, noting that sometimes he would put in 100 hours a week between the Legislature and his job at the [Xcel] steam plant.

His biggest regret on the job: not getting the Goodhue Pioneer Trail completed, the story said.

He was even lauded by Steve Sviggum, the former Republican House speaker from Kenyon,  who called Murphy “a very passionate, genuine person.”

Murphy said he learned something when he changed his position over support of Target Center in the 1990s. He’d initially opposed public funding of the arena, but then changed his mind, but didn’t do a good job on getting the word out on the change:

“I had to eat some serious crow,” he said. “When you change your position, make sure everyone knows it.”

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