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State House Health Finance Chair Huntley won’t seek re-election to 12th term

Shortly after his announcement, UMD professor Jennifer Schultz said she’ll run for the seat.

State Rep. Thomas Huntley, a veteran DFL lawmaker from Duluth known for his health care legislation, said today he won’t seek a 12th term next year.

He was first elected in 1992 and is chair of the House Health and Human Services Finance Committee.

“I am proud of the progress we have made to make Minnesota the health care leader that we are,” Huntley said in a statement. “We have been able to make health care more accessible and affordable to families and have set us on course to better address the coming health care challenges of the future.”

He’s been a strong supporter of the Affordable Care Act and was chief author of the bill to expand Medical Assistance in the state.

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He said that when he leaves the Legislature, he will continue to work in health care, with a focus on primary care and rural access issues.

Soon after Huntley’s announcement, Jennifer Schultz, a professor at University of Minnesota-Duluth, said she’s running for the seat and will seek the DFL and labor endorsements.

Schultz is a professor of economics and director of the health care management program in UMD’s Labovitz School of Business and Economics.