Layman seeks re-election to Legislature

State Rep. Sandy Layman, R-Cohasset, announced Saturday that she will seek re-election this fall for a second term in the Minnesota House of Representatives. She represents House District 5B, which includes a portion of Cass County and the majority of Itasca County.

“I’m running for re-election because we’ve made big strides for our district and our state over the past two years,” said Layman. “We need to continue this positive momentum. Last session, I was proud to support $650 million in tax relief, millions in road and bridge funding, and $1.3 billion in new education funding to ensure our state’s economic recovery doesn’t leave Northern Minnesota behind. This session we are building on that success.”

She authored and passed a number of initiatives to benefit her district including:

  • Governance changes to the IRRRB
  • A fix for the Blandin Paper property tax lawsuit
  • Sustainable Forest Incentives Act reform
  • $1 million for a local competitive rail study
  • Funding to complete the Myles Reif Performing Arts Center expansion

“Coming into the legislature, I’d heard from area residents about many changes, reforms, and projects that our district needed,” said Layman. “With the help of local advocates and everyday citizens alike, we successfully passed a number of initiatives that will benefit our area for years to come.”

In her first term, Layman is serving as Vice Chair of Legacy Funding Finance and is a committee member of Job Growth and Energy Affordability Policy and Finance, Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Finance, and the Subcommittee on Mining, Forestry and Tourism. She is also a member of the Iron Range

Resources and Rehabilitation Board and the Legislative Permanent School Fund Commission.

Previously, she served as Commissioner of the Department of Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation. A long time Itasca County resident, Layman has 30 years of economic and community development experience, serving as president of Itasca Development Corporation, the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce and as owner of Layman Consulting.