Rep. Sondra Erickson announces she will not seek reelection

Erickson currently represents Minnesota House District 15A, which includes all of Mille Lacs County and portions of Kanabec and Sherburne counties.

Rep. Sondra Erickson

ST. PAUL — State Rep. Sondra Erickson, R-Princeton, announced she will not seek reelection to the Minnesota House of Representatives this November.

Erickson currently represents Minnesota House District 15A, which includes all of Mille Lacs County and portions of Kanabec and Sherburne Counties.

“It has been the opportunity of a lifetime to represent our area in the state Legislature and I thank the citizens of District 15A for putting their trust in me to serve them and their families in St. Paul,” Erickson said in a news release. “Thank you to everyone that offered their support during my many years in public service. I look forward to spending more time with my family and friends as I step away from public office.”

Erickson, a former teacher, was a voice in education policy at the State Capitol during her time as a legislator — serving as chair of the Education Policy Committee during the 2011-2012, 2015-2016, and 2017-2018 legislative bienniums. Additionally, she served as chair of the Ethics Committee during the 2003-2004, 2005-2006, 2011-2012, 2015-2016, and 2017-2018 bienniums.

Erickson's legislative accomplishments include:


  • Reforming Minnesota’s teacher licensure process, encouraging more qualified and motivated people to become teachers, and increase the number of effective educators in the classroom.
  • Character education.
  • Parent’s rights section of education chapter of law.
  • Teacher evaluation, principal’s evaluation, and innovation zones for district and charter schools.
  • Policy for reading well by third grade.
  • Teacher education reform.
  • Economic relief for Mille Lacs Lake area businesses after DNR closed the lake in 2015.

Erickson will finish her current term, which concludes at the end of 2022.
"Even though I am not seeking re-election, I nevertheless will continue to serve my constituents through the end of the year,” Erickson said. “Please continue to reach out to me with any questions, comments, or concerns you may have related to state government."

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