On Wednesday, he announced that, after 25 years in the Minnesota Senate and 50 years in public office, Senator Chuck Wiger, DFL-Maplewood, would not seek re-election next year.
“It was truly an honor to represent our beautiful territory,” Wiger said in a statement. “I have so many positive memories and made many good friends in this role. I love community service, helping people and solving political problems. “
Wieger, 70, first entered office at the age of 21 when he was elected to North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale Independent School District 622 in 1973. He also served on the Metropolitan Council and Ramsey Soil and Water. Reserve.
Known for his brown hair and a demeanor that can be both passionate and reserved, education has always been a major part of his work. Wieger is currently a senior member of the Senate E-12 Education Policy and Finance Committee from the Democratic minority.
“This will be my 50th year in the civil service, and this is the right time to move,” he said. “My mentor, former State Senator Jerry Hughes, has often emphasized, ‘Your health is your wealth.’ I am very grateful for my excellent health and want to spend more time with my family, traveling and hiking. Life and time seem to accelerate as you age, so count on your blessings and seize the moment. Thanks.”