Rep. Hortman named to leadership roles

Melissa Hortman mug shot
Melissa Hortman

State Rep. Melissa Hortman, DFL-Brooklyn Park, was named chair of the House Energy Policy Committee and speaker pro tempore for the 2013-14 legislative session by House Speaker Paul Thissen.

“I am honored to serve the residents of Brooklyn Park and Coon Rapids in the Minnesota House for the next two years,” Hortman said. “I am looking forward to getting to work on a balanced and responsible budget for Minnesota. As chair of the Energy Committee, I will be looking at ways we can make energy affordable, sustainable and reliable for the short and long term.”

Hortman expects the committee to take up the issues of distributed generation, solar energy and the state’s progress toward its renewable energy goals.

As speaker pro tempore, Hortman will serve as the House’s presiding officer when Thissen is absent.

Hortman represents House District 36B, which includes Brooklyn Park north of 85th Avenue and part of Coon Rapids. She can be reached at [email protected] or 651-296-4280.