After 33 years of service, Dille leaves public office
State Sen. Steve Dille announces that he will not seek re-election in Nov. 2010.
On average, Minnesota legislators serve for about 10 years. By the end of next year when my term ends, I will have had the honor and privilege of serving my constituents and the State of Minnesota at the Capitol for 24 years. Effective at the end of my current term, I will be stepping down from my role as your state senator and will not seek re-election in 2010.
I have been fortunate enough to spend much of my adult life serving the people surrounding me. I entered elected office in 1977, serving as the Dassel Township supervisor. I then held a seat on the Board of Meeker County Commissioners from 1984 until my first term in the Minnesota House of Representatives in 1986. After my first stint in state politics, I ran for the Minnesota State Senate in 1992, where I have been protecting the interests of my constituents and the state at large for more than 17 years. The time I have spent in public office has been extremely fulfilling and has greatly enriched my life.
I would like to thank all of you for the tremendous amount of support you have given me over my years as an elected official. While looking forward to my retirement, I will miss the opportunity I have been given to serve my community. It has been a pleasure representing your needs and an honor serving each of you during my 33 years of service.
I am looking forward to my last session which starts Feb. 4, 2010. I will keep working hard to find solutions to the issues that face my constituents and my state. If you have any ideas you would like to share with me, please contact me so I can continue to represent your best interests during my final year in office.