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Longtime Minnesota legislator to retire

Gunther was first elected to the Minnesota House in a special election in 1995.

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Michael Brun / Forum News Service
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ST. PAUL – State Rep. Bob Gunther, R-Fairmont, announced Thursday, Dec. 19, that he will not seek re-election and will retire following the conclusion of his current term in January, 2021.

"I'd like to thank the citizens in House District 23A for their support over the years and for the opportunity to represent their interests in St. Paul," Gunther said in a release. "It has truly been an honor and a privilege, but after nearly 25 years of being in the political arena I am ready to spend more time with my family.”

Gunther was first elected to the Minnesota House in a special election in 1995, and is currently serving his 13th term in the Minnesota House.

Minnesota State Rep. Bob Gunther, R-Fairmont


Gunther is the current Republican lead on the Minnesota House Jobs and Economic Development Finance Division. He has previously served as chairman of the Jobs and Economic Development Finance Committee, the Greater Minnesota Economic and Workforce Development Policy Committee, and the Legacy Funding Finance Committee. He also has served previously as an Assistant Minority and Assistant Majority Leader.

Gunther said he is making his retirement announcement now in order to give others in the district time to consider running for office.

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