Longest-serving member of Minn. legislature won't seek re-election after nearly 5 decades of service

Lyndon Carlson Photo: Minnesota House of Representatives
Lyndon Carlson

Updated: December 11, 2019 03:14 PM

The state's longest-serving representative in history will not seek re-election next year.

State Representative Lyndon Carlson (DFL-District 45A) announced Wednesday that he won't seek re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2020.


"This decision was made after a lot of thought and conversation with my wife Carole who has been my number one supporter since the two of us made the decision that I would run for the Minnesota House in July 1972," Carlson said in a news release.

Carlson is the longest-tenured member of both the Minnesota House and the Legislature as a whole, according to the Legislative Reference Library.

"The past 47 years have been exceptionally fulfilling. I have had the opportunity to be part of many important and lasting legislative accomplishments for the people of Minnesota," Carlson said.

"The 2020 Legislative Session will convene on Tuesday, February 11. There are many significant local and statewide issues that will be part of the session. I look forward to being an active participant in the session — just as I always have been. Also, from now until a new legislator takes office in January 2021, I will maintain my commitment to serve the residents of the district and the people of Minnesota."

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