VIDEO: Informational interview with Rep. Denny McNamara

Last month Denny sat down for an interview with Sarah Alain, Video Journalist-Producer for the Public Information Services with the Minnesota House of Representatives.

Transcript by YouTube:

>> Representative McNamara thank you for joining us. Can you describe your district and tell us in what ways you and your district are similar?

>> My district is a very mixed district it’s mostly suburban but it includes some role it has a lot of environmentally sensitive areas I’ve been active in the environment as a former landscape contractor for for 30 years and the environment is very interesting for me we have the Mississippi River valley the St Croix River Valley in my district represent all the city of Hastings, the eastern part of Cottage Grove, all of Denmark and Nininger townships and the city of Afton so is a great district and has some rural and still of a few dairy farms but a lot of city and a lot of folks that commute into the Twin Cities to St. Paul and Minneapolis. A large percentage of public employees my father being of former state of Minnesota employees so I’m kind of a moderate Republican so it fits well with my district so it works out well.

>> What legislation have you worked on in the past that you are most proud of?

>> Probably the number-one thing that happen in my life been legislative career that will probably stand out in my mind is the creation of the vermilion highlands Wildlife Management area just west of my district in Empire township near the city of Rosemount. It was part of the deal that lowered the fees that the students pay at the University of Minnesota it was a former University of Minnesota land that was given to the university from the federal government after World War Two was originally going to be an arms plant and was taken away from area farmers and began to manufacture arms during World War Two but then the world ended and about 13,000 a. were given to the year receive Minnesota the vast majority of it and we were able to work out a deal with the University of Minnesota to give that land to the state of Minnesota Department of natural resources for all Wildlife Management area in exchange for the state of Minnesota of putting more money into the go for football stadium so it’s kind of cool and it’s always going to be an area that’s very vast, it now encompasses totally over 4,000 a. it gives inner-city youth and families a chance to get to their real of doors it’s 3 mi. wide with no roads and it’s going to grow and get to be a better thing. I’m excited I played an integral role in the creation of that.

>> What you see as the biggest challenge the state will face in the next 10 years?

>> The biggest challenge is balancing the needs of our constituents and keeping Minnesota and the economy viable with good jobs for citizens. I say the number one thing the person needs is a good job if you have a good job you can do a lot of things for your family, and for the rest of Minnesota and. If you have a good job for paying taxes to the economy and we did a good job is half a strong private sector and unfortunately I think we ought to be careful our tax policies don’t go in the wrong direction and chased too many good Minnesotans to other states and so I think that’s the important balance. Minnesota is a good living state we do lot of great things for people who are that need help and we need to continue to do that and we have to balance that with with to compete with our surrounding states and all the states in the nation and it’s unfortunate when some people move away from Minnesota to Arizona or floor not for tax reasons and often those are people who are really contributing to our economy so we need to balance that and I think we can do that and that’s a challenge in the next 10 years.

>> What is the most difficult aspect of being a legislator?

>> The one thing I would say is difficult is when we get some issues that you have to vote yes or no there’s no yellow button we have to pull either red or green and some issues are very very hard to deal with. In those cases I would say that’s probably the most difficult especially if I you know some folks would really feel strongly on the issue and they could be on both sides that’s probably the most difficult part of the job but the reality is that’s what’s the most important and that is where we need to really perform and think about and make a decision that we feel is best for the constituents of the state of Minnesota and for district.

>> If you could go back and visit any time, what time to travel to and why?

>> I probably would want to visit early Minnesota when it was first settled. In the summertime we are recording this in the depth of winter when it’s 15 below zero this morning so I would not want to come to Minnesota on without the shelter and protection in the winter. I probably would love to have come when Lewis and Clark were visiting Minnesota before was really settled and spend some time in the summer. . .

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