November 17, 2019
I am writing to inform you of my intention to retire as your State Senator at the end of 2020. I am ending my campaign for re-election, which is a difficult but necessary decision, and one arrived at because of events of the last week.
First, as some of you know, I have close family members who have significant and pressing family issues that will continue well into the winter. I owe them, and they deserve, my full attention and time. Second, during the last week I was presented with a once in a lifetime business opportunity, and I cannot say no. This opportunity requires some immediate work on my part and could involve some extensive out of state travel, with some of it during the 2021 legislative session.
I was enjoying this present campaign, and have been enthused and flattered by all of the support expressed by hundreds of you. It makes this decision that much more difficult.
It has been the honor of a lifetime to be able to represent the district in which I have lived all of my life. You have given me opportunities that I never expected to have. I am proud of what I have accomplished in the Senate (and the three terms prior to that in the State House). I’m also proud of the national opportunities I have had. That said, I am most proud of what I have been allowed to do, alongside with you, for Senate District 64, the city of St. Paul, and all of Minnesota.
Again, thank you for allowing me to serve. I am certainly not leaving this area, so I look forward to seeing you and continuing our friendship.