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Minnesota remains the best place in the country to live, work, and raise a family.  My wife Laura and I are proud to be raising the sixth generation of Deans in the northeast metro. 

Laura has been blessed to spend her entire academic and medical career here in Minnesota.  She delivers babies and takes care of women as an obstetrician/gynecologist with clinics in Stillwater and White Bear.  I graduated from the University of Minnesota’s school of architecture and within a few years, got married, bought a home and started my own business.  Since 2005, I have represented our community in the Minnesota House of Representatives. 

I first ran for office because I wanted to help Minnesota families and small businesses overcome hurdles that I saw appearing before me as a business owner and a dad.  Today, I must report that those opportunities that were there for me and you will not be there for our children and theirs, unless we act now.  

Harvesting our timber, minerals and agriculture provided opportunities for many generations of Minnesotans.  Today however, we see good people in lumber, mining and agriculture being unfairly treated as wrongdoers and polluters. 

Minnesota was once known for our ability to make just about anything.  Today, those jobs are being done in other states and countries.  How can this be if our workforce is strong and we have world-class rail, water and airports?

The Mayo Clinic, University of Minnesota, Medtronic and other great places in our state set the world standard for excellence in healthcare.  How can it be that we are now following Obamacare bureaucrats instead of leading our country and the world in healthcare?  As Chair of the Health and Human Services committee, I have worked every day to restore William Mayo’s mission to make “the best interest of the patient the only interest of consideration.”  Minnesota had the most to lose of any state in the disastrous medical experiment called Obamacare.  Governor Dayton made a mistake in making our state the first one in, and I will work to make our state the first of fifty to get out. 

We can do better.  We are a great state because we are a good people.  Politicians often get that backwards.  The state government needs to do fewer things, and needs to do those things better. 

Our challenges are great, but they are small in comparison to those faced and overcome by the great Minnesotans who built this state for you and me.  With strength of purpose, let us all work together toward restoring the birthright of hope to Minnesota’s next and greatest generation.