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Another legislative retirement: state Rep. Kathy Brynaert of Mankato

State Rep. Kathy Brynaert, a DFLer from Mankato, says she won’t seek re-election in November after eight years in office.

She currently serves as vice chair of the state House Education Policy committee.

House Speaker Paul Thissen praised her accomplishments:

“Rep. Brynaert was the paradigm of a thoughtful legislator, who took seriously her role as a policymaker. Indeed, her legislative service overlapped with a time of contentious debates over school reform that too often veered into partisan posturing. It was Rep. Bryaert’s ideas on teacher evaluation and fact based-approach that actually became the law in Minnesota, and for the benefit of students and families across our state.”

Brynaert’s husband of 46 years, Tony Filipovitch, also will retire from his job as a professor at Minnesota State–University Mankato.

According to KEYC-TV in Mankato, Brynaert said: “With much consideration, we know that this is a journey we want to share from the beginning together and we never have adjusted well to the living apart half the year routine.”

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