Rep. Bernardy retiring from Legislature after 8 terms

A state lawmaker from New Brighton has decided to retire instead of seeking reelection.

Rep. Connie Bernardy says she’ll serve through the end of the year but won’t seek reelection this year.

She’s currently the chairperson of the Higher Education Finance and Policy Committee and also serves on the Transportation Finance and Policy Committee and the Ways and Means Committee.

“It has been an honor of a lifetime to represent the communities in which I grew up,” Bernardy said in a statement. “I am grateful to have had the opportunity to work for and with the community that raised me by ensuring strong schools, more economic security for families, a cleaner environment, and a safer and more comprehensive transportation system for all. Thank you.”

You can watch her retirement speech here.