Ecklund seeks another term in far northern Minnesota House seat
The DFLer has served since 2015.
INTERNATIONAL FALLS — Rep. Rob Ecklund will seek another term in the Minnesota House of Representatives.
Ecklund, DFL-International Falls, is looking to retain the District 3A seat he has held since a special election in 2015. Under the newly redrawn state legislative maps, the district includes all of Koochiching and Cook counties, most of Lake County and parts of northern St. Louis County.
“We’ve all been through some incredibly difficult challenges the past couple of years, but no matter the roadblocks that come our way, folks in Northeastern Minnesota are resilient," Ecklund said in a statement Tuesday. "Looking forward, I’m optimistic we’re turning the corner to a new chapter. But we have work yet to do so all Minnesotans can have the chance to succeed and prosper."
Ecklund, 63, was a longtime union leader at the Boise Paper Mill in International Falls, and he chairs the Labor, Industry, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee in the House.
In his campaign announcement, Ecklund touted his support for public education, broadband infrastructure and economic support for businesses and individuals in wake of the pandemic. Having served in the United States Marine Corps, the legislator said he's also looking to support veterans with issues involving housing, employment, health care and the criminal justice system.