Minnesota State Senator Scott Newman announced he will seek a fourth term representing District 18. Newman received the Republican endorsement last month.
“It has been an honor to serve the people of McLeod, Meeker, Sibley, and Wright counties at the State Capitol. I’m proud of the work we’ve been able to accomplish together, including the ‘hands-free’ cell phone law, record funding for road and bridge projects, and income tax reductions,” said Newman. “But there is a lot of work left to do – and it has never been more important to have an experienced voice representing our area in St. Paul. I am looking forward to asking the people of District 18 for their continued trust and support.”
Newman was first elected to the Minnesota State Senate in 2010; he was handily re-elected in 2012 and 2016. Before he was a state senator, Newman served two terms in the Minnesota House of Representatives. Newman currently serves as chair of the Senate Transportation Finance and Policy Committee, where he plays an influential role in public policy and oversight of Minnesota’s vast transportation and transit network.
In 2005, as the state was confronting a dramatic rise in deadly methamphetamine use, Newman led the way on bipartisan legislation that required pseudoephedrine (Sudafed), an ingredient used to make meth, be sold from behind the pharmacy counter. Newman is also the original author of the ‘Voter ID’ bill, was instrumental in brokering a fix to the state’s broken vehicle registration system, and oversaw the largest investment in Greater Minnesota roads and bridges in state history.
He and his wife, Ginny, live in rural Hutchinson. They have three adult children and six grandchildren.