The League of Minnesota Cities recognized 34 state lawmakers, including state Sen. Carrie Ruud, R-Breezy Point, as 2019 Legislators of Distinction.

Chosen legislators are honored for specific actions that aided efforts of Minnesota cities during the past year’s legislative session. Legislators of Distinction are approved annually by the League’s board of directors in recognition of the collaboration of state and city officials needed to successfully serve shared communities and meet the unique needs of rural, urban and suburban residents across Minnesota, a news release stated.

To be eligible for the award, legislators must achieve one or more of the following criteria:

  • Be generally and reasonably accessible to League representatives.

  • Seek input on issues of importance to cities.

  • Listen to League concerns and be receptive to League-provided information on issues.

  • Sponsor and/or support League initiatives.

  • Speak out on behalf of the interest of cities.

  • Demonstrate the importance of partnership between the state and cities.

Ruud used her position as chair of the Minnesota Senate Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Legacy Finance Committee to lead efforts to give cities the tools they need to be successful in protecting Minnesota’s environmental resources, including authoring legislation that resulted in $1 million of state funding finally being allocated for grants to assist cities in managing emerald ash borer.

Award winners received a letter of appreciation and a certificate. A copy of the acknowledgement letter was also sent to the mayor of each city in the legislator’s district.

The League of Minnesota Cities is a membership organization dedicated to helping cities throughout Minnesota build quality communities through effective advocacy, expert analysis, trusted guidance and collective action, according to the release. The League serves its more than 830 members through advocacy, education and training, policy development, risk management and other services. For more information, visit