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Paul Torkelson

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Paul Torkelson
Member of the Minnesota House of Representatives
from the 16B district
21B (2009–2013)
Assumed office
January 6, 2009
Preceded byBrad Finstad
Personal details
Born (1952-07-12) July 12, 1952 (age 67)
Political partyRepublican Party of Minnesota
ResidenceHanska, Minnesota
Alma materGustavus Adolphus College
Occupationfarmer, teacher, legislator

Paul M. Torkelson (born July 12, 1952) is a Minnesota politician and member of the Minnesota House of Representatives. A member of the Republican Party of Minnesota, he represents District 16B, which includes all or portions of Brown, Redwood and Renville counties in the southwestern part of the state. He is also a fourth-generation Watonwan County corn, soybean and pork farmer, with family roots in the area since 1878, and a former music teacher.[1][2]

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My name is Paul Torkelson I live and farm on a farm in Watonwan County near Saint JamesMinnesota and I'm now serving my third term here in Minnesota House of Representatives my leadership story really starts back when I was a 4-h member in Nelson Township, a member the Nelson Wide Awake 4-H Club and one of the projects I had was the leadership project so I've been interested in leadership really all my life I was very active in my communities and then as I got more involved with agriculture policy and the local county Farm Bureau I ran for the Minnesota Farm Bureau State Board of Directors and I was selected to chair on the board and then I eventually was elected to be the state vice president on the Minnesota Farm Bureau when my predecessor Brad Finstad decided to retire from his seat in the Minnesota House he called me and asked me if I would consider running for office I contemplated that with my family and my wife and I had thought about running but wasn't too serious about it until actually being asked and after wrestling with that decided running was a good idea, jumped into the race, and managed to get elected. At that point in time I was also a participant in the MARL program It was some great experience for me. The program is really designed for people that already have some leadership experience so the idea of the program is that you build on leadership experience you already have and try and take us to a new level, a better understanding of both ourselves and how leadership works, and what style of leadership may work best for us as individuals. For me personally, that ended up being about teaching myself about what sort of person I am in respect to being an introvert or extrovert. I happen to be an introvert. What I didn't understand before the problem that I understand now is how important it is for me as an introvert to take some time I after doing a lot of Public Works some time to recharge my batteries. I learned that energy is drained away from me when I'm working in the public, whereas an extrovert gains energy from the public. I I have to give up energy, so I have to recharge my batteries. That learning that was really extremely beneficial for me and continues to be a an important thing for me to recognize in my personal life. Well, the first thing I'd start with is that Greater Minnesota is a great place to live. It's a great place to raise a family. I think it has a lot to offer. The opportunities are vast to take part to get to know your neighbors, to get to know the families, and understand your community, and really have an impact on those around him. As you go from community to community you you see different examples of how these communities are operating. Some of them are thriving and doing very well, dependent on who in the community is decided to be active in the community. And I see the value of local participation, you know, whether it's a city council or other local were organizations that help some of these communities really retain their identity and thrive whereas other communities are really struggling if there's no leadership stepping forward to really gather the energy of the community and promote their community. It's really a challenge, especially in Greater Minnesota right now. I'm happy that my communities are thriving.


Early education and career

Torkelson attended Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, earning his BA in Instrumental Music Education in 1974. In 2006, Governor Tim Pawlenty appointed him to the Minnesota Governor's Clean Water Council, a position he held until his election to the House. He is a member of the Minnesota's Deer Hunters Association, a former vice president of the Minnesota Farm Bureau, and a former chair of St. James Health Services.[3][4]

Minnesota House of Representatives

Torkelson was first elected in 2008, opting to run for the seat after incumbent Republican representative Brad Finstad of Comfrey decided not to seek re-election. He was re-elected in 2010, running unopposed, and 2012.[5]


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