Huntley won’t seek a 12th term
Rep. Thomas Huntley (DFL-Duluth), chair of the House Health and Human Services Finance Committee, will not seek re-election to a 12th term, the longtime lawmaker announced Tuesday.
Huntley, first elected to the House in 1992, has played a key role in legislative efforts to reform Minnesota health care.
The 11-term House member was the chief sponsor in 2007 of the Freedom to Breathe Act that banned smoking in bars and restaurants, served as co-chair of Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s health care reform task force in 2008 and was chief sponsor of legislation that expanded Medical Assistance coverage in Minnesota during the 2013 session.
“I am proud of the progress we have made to make Minnesota the health care leader that we are,” Huntley said in a media statement.
The retired University of Minnesota -Duluth professor said he will continue working on health care issues after leaving office, primarily in the areas of primary care and rural health care access.
House Speaker Paul Thissen (DFL-Minneapolis) praised Huntley in a statement, calling his fellow House member his mentor and “one of the giants” of the Legislature.
“He respected people and people respected him,” Thissen said. “We will miss that in the legislature.”