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Rochester state Rep. Kim Norton won’t seek reelection

Norton, a DFLer, was first elected in 2006. She says 10 years is enough. She may run for mayor of Rochester.

State Rep. Kim Norton, a DFLer from Rochester, said today that she won’t seek reelection in 2016.

She was first elected in 2006, and was the first DFL and the first woman to hold the seat in northern Rochester. With her departure, the district, 25B, will be considered a swing district in next year’s election.

“After 10 years of service in the House of Representatives I have determined that the time is right for me to move on to other endeavors,” Norton said in her announcement.

Norton has grown increasingly frustrated with partisan politics, according to the Rochester Post Bulletin.

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The paper also says she’s considering a run for mayor of Rochester in 2018.

Some of the legislation she fostered was listed in the announcement:

  • Primary Seat Belt
  • Radon Resistant Home Construction
  • Teen Graduated Drivers Licenses
  • Destination Medical Center (DMC)
  • Autism Insurance Coverage and Early Diagnosis/Intervention
  • Reinstating Newborn Screening laws
  • Good Samaritan Protections
  • Dental Therapy
  • Freedom-to-Breath Act
  • Bilingual Education Recognition/Credits
  • Statewide Health Improvement Program/Health Care Reform