Brief: Woodbury Sen. Ted Lillie Named ‘One to Watch’ by Politics in Minnesota and Capitol Report

The freshman senator, who recently completed a move to Woodbury, was honored by the news publications.

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.


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darryl furne July 13, 2012 at 07:02 PM
Lille is as goofy as Bachmann, stop emmbarasing the great state of Minnesota when you send these right-wing tea baggers to office you insure another do nothing congress like 112th that has done the poorest job in the history of our country
Linda Stanton July 13, 2012 at 09:25 PM
Sen Ted Lillie is one of the most diplomatic, kind gentleman you will ever meet and he certainly doesn't deserve that label. People complain about extremism in politics, but you will find reasoned, commonsense with Ted Lillie - take a closer look at him, you will be proud that he is our State Senator!
Rob July 14, 2012 at 12:01 AM
I know who I will not be voting for and it will not be Lillie. Not much into politics as most are not in it for the greater good of who elected them in. Too much government if you ask me as they seem to waste tax money by doing little if nothing. I will also not vote for Lillie, athough it be a minor thing, he did not vote for a new stadium for the Vikings which will not effect most tax payers.
Susan Richardson July 14, 2012 at 01:39 AM
Thank you Senator Ted Lillie for getting Minnesotans back to work, turning Minnesota's deficit into a surplus, and protecting Minnesotans from the Obamacare debacle. It is vital that we select representatives like Ted who will protect the quality of life we value.
Edward July 14, 2012 at 02:06 AM
"for getting Minnesotans back to work, turning Minnesota's deficit into a surplus, and protecting Minnesotans from the Obamacare debacle" Amazing. Exactly how did Ted Lillie single-handedly do all of these things?
D. Merridee July 14, 2012 at 03:19 PM
Turning Minnesota's deficit into a surplus? I certainly hope he is not taking credit for a happenstance situation that provided more funds to the state than originally planned. The funds that pulled Minnesota "out of a deficit" had nothing to do with any special efforts on the part of the state congress or with Governor Dayton, who was truthful enough to say so, while state representatives misrepresented themselves as heroes.
Michelle Bugge July 14, 2012 at 05:06 PM
I am so grateful that I have as my Senator a man like Ted Lillie to represent me at the state level. He is a man of great honor, even temperance and a strong core of conviction/morals from which to legislate. That is a rarity in St Paul where special interests and campaign funding is the deciding factor for some on how they vote. Thank you Ted for your service.
Jane September 08, 2012 at 02:57 AM
Lillie guilty of violating election laws. Linda clearly you are not a good judge of character.
Jane September 08, 2012 at 02:59 AM
Ted Lillie found guilty of breaking the law. Michelle, you and Linda were fooled by Lillie.


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