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Representative Nick Zerwas to Resign

Representative Nick Zerwas to Resign Click to Enlarge Photo: Minnesota House of Representatives

(KNSI) - Rep. Nick Zerwas, R-Elk River, currently serving his 4th term in the Minnesota Legislature, announced Monday that he will resign from the legislature effective December 6. Rep. Zerwas issued the following statement regarding his decision to depart the legislature.

"For the last 13 years it has been the honor of my lifetime to serve my neighbors in Elk River on the city council and the state legislature. My recent heart surgery brought into focus the need to spend as much time as I can with my wife and three-year-old son and spend my prime working years providing the best possible life for my family. It is not easy leaving a job that I absolutely love, but I'm able to depart on my own terms with no regrets and with optimism for what lies ahead. I want to thank my parents, my brothers, my wife Bette and my son for being unbelievably supportive of my service in the legislature."

Zerwas was first elected to the legislature in 2012, and is in his fourth term. Previously, he served six years on the Elk River City Council, and prior to that worked for the Anoka County Crime Lab and Target Corporation's private forensic lab. Zerwas was diagnosed at a young age with a congenital heart defect, and his parents were told he would not live past the age of seven. He has had more than 11 heart surgeries, including two during his time in the legislature. Now 38, he lives in Elk River with his wife, Bette and their young son.

Currently Zerwas serves as the Republican Lead on the House Government Operations Committee and served as the only House Republican on the Public Safety and Judiciary Conference Committee during the 2019 session. During his legislative career, he championed many public safety and health care issues

House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt, R-Crown, issued the following statement regarding this morning's announcement.

"Rep. Zerwas has a list of accomplishments that have made Minnesota a better place, and whose impact will live on long after he departs the legislature. From the Right-to-Try Act that earned him national recognition and a visit to the White House, to his bipartisan work to reform solitary confinement laws, he has earned respect on both sides of the aisle, and we will miss his humor and wit. I know this was a difficult choice, but he’s making the best decision for him and his family and we wish him nothing but the best as he moves on to the next chapter.”

Leader Daudt has served alongside Rep. Zerwas since Zerwas was first elected in 2012.