State Rep. Carly Melin, a young Iron Range DFLer who’d been touted as a likely future leader, said Thursday that she won’t seek re-election in November.
Melin, 30, said she will spend more time on her legal career on the Iron Range and with her family.
She was first elected in a 2011 special election and reelected twice since, quickly drew attention with her work on the Women’s Economic Security Act and medical marijuana legislation.
She was praised by DFL House Leader Paul Thissen:
Minnesotans who came to the Capitol in search of an advocate found one in Carly Melin. With an amazing mix of smarts, common sense and compassion, she fought for her constituents and delivered results – for children suffering from seizures who needed medicine, for women who deserve equal pay for equal work, and for Minnesotans seeking a second chance at a good job and life.
In a statement today, she said she was proud to have worked on:
… increasing investment in Iron Range K-12 schools, securing funding for various infrastructure and community projects across the region, advocating for the less fortunate, and fighting for working and middle class Minnesota families. During my time as Chair of the IRRRB Higher Education Committee we’ve made important investments in programming for students attending our area community colleges. On a statewide level, I’m especially proud of having authored the Women’s Economic Security Act, the Medical Cannabis Therapeutic Research Act, and the Criminal Records Expungement law.
A 2014 Star Tribune profile said:
The first woman elected to represent Minnesota’s politically important Iron Range in the Legislature since the 1980s, Melin has generated buzz as a rising star for Democrats. Colleagues see her on a fast track that could culminate in House leadership or higher office.
Melin said today:
By making this announcement now, I want to give those considering serving the Iron Range the time necessary to make their plans before precinct caucuses and the campaign season begins. Even as I make this announcement, I know my work–and term–is far from over. I look forward to the upcoming legislative session and plan to continue my focus on assisting Iron Range families who have been impacted by recent turmoil in the domestic steel market which in turn has impacted our taconite mining industry.
Although I’ll exit public life when my term expires, I will always have a passion for serving the public and plan to continue doing so through other community involvement. For now, I look forward to focusing on my legal career on the Iron Range and spending more time with my family.