At their annual recognition event on Tuesday, Politics in Minnesota and Capitol Report announced the winners of their 2012 Leaders in Public Policy Awards.
First-term Sen. Ted Lillie, a Woodbury Republican, was awarded “One to Watch” recognition for his service in the state Senate.
“I am honored by the selection,” Lillie said in a Friday release. “I believe the people elected to the Minnesota Legislature with me in 2011 were chosen to serve at the Capitol because Minnesotans took a look around and decided the direction our state government was headed in needed to change.”
Lillie became in state history after being named to the Senate Majority Leadership team at the beginning of 2012. He also serves as vice chair on the Senate Committee for Jobs and Economic Growth and serves on the State Government Innovation and Veterans Committee, and Transportation Committee.
“I think most people’s idea of good government is government you don’t notice in your daily life. Our government has become so restrictive via regulations and so pervasive in its growth that more than ever people are becoming aware of its encroachment into their daily lives,” Lillie said in the release. “I’m proud of the work the Legislature did this past biennium to limit the growth of government and to turn a six billion dollar deficit into a surplus without the burden of a tax increase on Minnesotans.”
Seven other legislators from the Minnesota House and Senate were recognized at the 2012 Leaders in Public Policy Awards event.
Politics in Minnesota, a news website, and Capitol Report, a news publication, report on the Minnesota Legislature, state politics and public policy.