State Rep. Tim Miller announced Monday that he won’t seek reelection in November, becoming the 12th state legislator to announce plans for retirement.
According to the Legislative Reference Library, 10 Democrats and two Republicans (including Miller) plan to call it quits, meaning the upcoming session will be their last. At least five others are seeking different offices, including two representatives who are running for Senate.
Republican Sens. Michelle Benson and Paul Gazelka are both running for governor, while Democratic House Majority Leader Ryan Winkler is running for Hennepin County attorney.
Miller and Rep. Rod Hamilton are the only Republicans not running for another office who won’t seek reelection.
The Democrats who plan to retire include:
- Sen. Greg Clausen
- Rep. Jim Davnie
- Sen. Chris Eaton
- Rep. Alice Hausman
- Sen. Susan Kent
- Rep. Todd Lippert
- Sen. Jerry Newton
- Sen. Patricia Torres Ray
- Rep. Ami Wazlawik
- Sen. Chuck Wiger
Following his departure, Miller plans to focus all of his efforts on “defending the unborn” with a new initiative he will be announcing soon.
“Many of you know that pro-life work has been the most important part of my time in government,” he said in a press release. “Protecting the unborn is one of the most consequential missions of our time, and I am eager to continue the fight.”
Miller was first elected in 2014 and has spent the past few years as a member of the New House Republican Caucus, a group of four Republicans who split from their party’s main House caucus in Dec. 2018.
“Despite this announcement, I want my constituents to know that I will not be sidelined as the next legislative session begins. The Minnesota Legislature will be a busy place as 2022 unfolds, and I intend to be in the arena,” Miller added. “Until the end, I will fight for all the issues we care about most: life, families, and freedom. You elected me to serve my full term, and I will do exactly that.”