New State Rep. JoAnn Ward Takes the Helm in District 53A

The DFLer was sworn in Tuesday for her first term in the state Legislature.

State Rep. JoAnn Ward was officially sworn in Tuesday as the 88th Legislative Session convened at the State Capitol.

Ward, who represents parts of Woodbury, Oakdale, Landfall and Maplewood, is serving her first term. She lives in Woodbury.

“I’m ready to get to work,” Ward said in a statement. “I intend to focus my attention on building an economy with a strong, growing middle class, and improving our schools so that each of our children has opportunities for success.” 

Lawmakers this session will have to address a $1.1 billion budget shortfall. When the money still owed to schools and inflation is included the shortfall rises to more than $3 billion, according to a release from her office.

“It’s clear that we have a difficult road ahead, but if we set the right priorities, balance the budget fairly and honestly, and continue working on getting our economy back on track, we can make Minnesota an even better place to live, work, and raise a family,” said Ward, part of the new DFL majority as the House District 53A representative. 

Ward serves on the Environment and Natural Resources Policy; Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture Finance; Government Operations, and Health and Human Services Policy Committees. She has also been appointed to serve on the Select Committee on Living Wage Jobs.

“I’m thrilled to be on these committees and ready to get to work on these important issues,” Ward said.

In the release, Ward encouraged constituents to contact her directly with any questions, comments, or concerns on any legislative issue. She can be reached by phone at 651-296-7807 or via email at rep.joann.ward@house.mn.


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Kathryn Z Berg, MA, CCH January 09, 2013 at 08:15 PM
Congratulations, Joann! You will be great!
Kris Janisch January 10, 2013 at 12:53 AM
I'll be meeting with new Sen. Susan Kent this week, and here's what Rep. Kieffer is up to already: http://patch.com/A-0Srb


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