Our campaign is rapidly gaining momentum! We are honored that many legislators have endorsed John Howe for Minnesota Secretary of State. Below is a list of supporters currently serving in the State Legislature.

Senator Paul Gazelka, Majority Leader SD9 Chair: Rules & Administration
Senator Jim Abeler SD35 Chair: Human Services Reform Finance & Policy
Senator Bruce Anderson SD29 Chair: Veterans & Military Affairs Finance & Policy
Senator Mike Goggin SD21 Vice-Chair: Agriculture,Housing&Rural Development Policy
Senator Bill Ingebrigtsen SD8 Chair: Environment & Natural Resources Finance
Senator Mark Koran SD32 Vice-Chair: State Government Finance& Policy & Elections
Senator Jeremy Miller SD28 Chair: Jobs & Economic Growth Finance & Policy
Senator Dave Osmek SD33 Chair: Energy & Utilities Finance & Policy
Senator Carried Ruud SD10 Chair: Environment & Natural Resources Policy & Legacy
Senator Dave Senjem SD25 Chair:  Capital Investment
Senator Bill Weber SD22 Chair: Agriculture, Rural Development, & Housing Policy
Senator Torrey Westrom SD12 State Government Finance & Policy & Elections
Representative Jeff Backer 12A Vice-Chair: Agriculture Policy
Representative Drew Christensen 56A Vice-Chair: Higher Education Career Readiness
Representative Kurt Daudt 31A Speaker of the House
Representative Greg Davids 28B Chair: Taxes
Representative Steve Drazkowski 21B Chair Property Tax&Local Government Finance
Representative Keith Franke 54A Property Tax & Local Government Finance Division
Representative Barb Haley 21A Higher Education&Career Readiness Policy & Finance
Representative Jerry Hertaus 33A Vice-Chair Property Tax & Local Government Fin.
Representative Joe Hoppe 47B Chair: Commerce & Regulatory Reform
Representative Jeff Howe 13A Civil Law & Data Practices Policy
Representative Ron Kresha 9B Commerce & Regulatory Reform
Representative Bob Loonan 55A Property Tax & Local Government Finance Division
Representative Joe McDonald 28A Vice-Chair: Taxes
Representative Jeremy Munson 23B Job Growth&Energy Affordability Policy&Finance
Representative Jim Newberger 15B Vice-Chair Job Growth & Energy Affordability
Representative Tim O’Druscoll 13B Chair: Government Operations & Elections
Representative Duane Quam 25A Government Operations & Elections Policy
Representative Linda Runbeck 38A Chair: Transportation & Regional GovernanceRepresentative Dennis Smith 34B Vice-Chair: Civil Law & Data Practices Policy
Representative Chris Swedzinski 16A  Chair: Subcommittee Mining/Forestry/Tourism
Representative Tama Theis 14A Vice-Chair: Subcommittee Aging & Long-Term Care Representative Paul Torkelson 16B Chair: Transportation Finance

Howe Enters Secretary of State Race

Former State Senator John Howe announced he will seek the Republican Party endorsement for the office of Minnesota Secretary of State. Howe, also the former Mayor of Red Wing, has a long and successful career as a business owner, entrepreneur and public servant. He said maintaining election integrity is the most important function of the Secretary of State’s office.

“The Secretary of State’s office should not be used for partisan political advantage,” Howe said, “and I’m running to give Minnesotans the opportunity to keep their faith in the honesty and openness of the electoral process, which is the absolute bedrock of representative democracy.”

Howe’s background includes being raised on a family farm in western Minnesota, obtaining a degree in Criminal Justice from St. Cloud State University and working as corrections officer. He later became the owner of several Sears stores and rose to the chairmanship of the Sears Dealer Council, representing over 700 Sears stores nationwide. Howe’s business background will be a great asset to Minnesota.

“Government needs to operate at the speed of commerce,” Howe said, “The Secretary of State’s office does a great job of on-line and in person processing of business filings and I intend to continue to improve upon it.”

In 2008, Howe was elected Mayor of Red Wing, and in 2010 he was elected to the Minnesota State Senate. He is keenly involved in environmental issues, having been appointed by Gov. Tim Pawlenty to the Minnesota Clean Water Council, and serving since 2011 with the National Council of Environmental Legislators.

Howe and his wife, Lisa, live in Red Wing with their three children. He owns and operates a real estate management company.


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