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Kline will not seek reelection to Congress

U.S. Rep. John Kline has announced he does not plan to seek re-election in 2016.

Kline, a Republican whose Second District includes Farmington, was originally elected in 2002. He currently is chairman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee. He also serves on the House Armed Services Committee and previously served on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the House Committee on Ethics.

“As many know, I had the privilege of serving as President Reagan’s military aide while a young marine. His vision of America as a ‘shining city on the hill’ has guided my decisions throughout my tenure in Congress,” Kline said in a prepared statement announcing his decision. “I have fought to ensure a strong national defense. I have worked hard to reassure our nation’s troops, veterans, and their families the promises we make to them are promises kept. I have never wavered in my commitment to my conservative values. And I have demonstrated my ability to find solutions to the problems that matter most to Minnesota families.”

Kline said he sees a lot of work still ahead in his final 16 months in Washington. He hopes to replace No Child Left Behind and expand access to higher education. He also wants to hold the Veterans’ Administration accountable for “providing for our sons and daughters in uniform,” he said.

“Public service is an honor I am proud to have embraced throughout my life,” he said. “Despite the serious challenges facing America, it remains the greatest country in the world and we are blessed to call it home.”

At least two Democrats, Dr. Mary Lawrence and Angie Craig, had previously announced plans to oppose Kline next year. 

Nathan Hansen

Nathan Hansen has been a reporter and editor with the Farmington Independent and the Rosemount Town Pages since 1997. He is very tall.

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