State Rep. Lesch called to National Guard; will miss rest of legislative week

DFLers in the Minnesota House of Representatives will be short one vote the rest of this week, as state Rep. John Lesch heads up to Camp Ripley for National Guard training.

The DFL holds a 73-61 House majority, but will need Republican votes to pass a bonding bill due to a 60-percent-majority requirement. Lesch’s absence may mean they need one more.

Lesch, from St. Paul, joined the Guard in 2009. He’s been called to “inactive duty” at the north central Minnesota camp through May 18, says a statement from House leaders.

Lesch’s aide at the Capitol said the six-term legislator was not available. Asked if this call-up was a surprise, the aide said: “No comment.”

Lesch works as a prosecutor in St. Paul when not legislating.

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