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Steve Drazkowski

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Steve Drazkowski
Member of the Minnesota House of Representatives
from the 21B district
28B (2007–2013)
Assumed office
August 16, 2007
Preceded bySteve Sviggum
Personal details
Born (1964-11-27) November 27, 1964 (age 54)
Winona, Minnesota
Political partyRepublican Party of Minnesota
ResidenceMazeppa, Minnesota
Alma materUniversity of Wisconsin, River Falls
University of Minnesota
OccupationBusinessman, legislator

Steve Drazkowski (born November 27, 1964) is a Minnesota politician and member of the Minnesota House of Representatives. A member of the Republican Party of Minnesota, he represents District 21B, which includes portions of Dodge, Goodhue, Wabasha and Winona counties in the southeastern part of the state.

Early life, education, and career

Drazkowski was born in Winona, Minnesota, and grew up on a farm in Bluff Siding, Wisconsin. He graduated from Cochrane-Fountain City High School and earned a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture degree in 1989 from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. In 1994, he earned a Master of Education degree from the University of Minnesota.

Drazkowski is a Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Firearms Safety Instructor, Wabasha County 4-H volunteer, and past president of the Minnesota Forage and Grassland Council.

Political career

In 2006, Drazkowski ran unsuccessfully for the District 28 seat in the Minnesota Senate. He subsequently ran for and was elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives in the August 7, 2007 special election held after Rep. Steve Sviggum resigned to become Minnesota's Commissioner of Labor and Industry. He was re-elected in 2008, 2010, and 2012.[1]

In May 2010, Drazokowski introduced legislation in the Minnesota House modeled after Arizona's controversial immigration law.[2]

In 2012, Drazkowski and radio host Dave Thompson proposed an Employee Freedom Constitutional Amendment which would require a statewide referendum on amending the Minnesota Constitution to include a right-to-work clause weakening unions.[3][4]

In early 2019, Drazkowski referred Ilhan Omar, who at that time served as the representative of Minnesota's 5th congressional district, to the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board.[5] The Board enforces Minnesota election ethics rules.[6]

On December 7, 2019, Drazkowski along with 3 other Republican members of the MN House left the GOP House Caucus in order to form the New Republican House Caucus.[7] Drazkowski said “It doesn’t change the fact we’re still Republican. As a matter of fact, our caucus of four is very committed to Republican ideals and values,” he said. “We’ll be working very hard to strengthen our party throughout Minnesota, strengthen party units and conservative organizations throughout the state so that we can win the election in two years instead of continuing on a course that could be very similar to the one (in November’s election) that really just took 25 percent of our Republican membership in the House.” The four members were assigned seats together on the house floor and hired 3 staff members shortly before the 2019 session began. During the session, they announced several bills that featured their strong interest in constitutional issues and also presented their own budget proposal.[8]

Electoral history

  • 2010 Race for Minnesota House of Representatives — District 28B
    • Steve Drazkowski (R) 65.15% (9669 votes)
    • Mark Schneider (DFL), 34.77% (5160 votes)
    • Write-in, 0.08% (12 votes)
  • 2008 Race for Minnesota House of Representatives — District 28B
    • Steve Drazkowski (R) 54.75% (10980 votes)
    • Linda Pfeilsticker (DFL), 45.13% (9050 votes)
    • Write-in, 0.12% (24 votes)
  • 2007 Race for Minnesota House of Representatives — District 28B Special Election
    • Steve Drazkowski (R) 52.89% (3762 votes)
    • Linda Pfeilsticker (DFL), 46.86% (3333 votes)
    • Write-in, 0.25% (18 votes)
  • 2006 Race for Minnesota Senate — District 28
    • Steve Murphy (DFL), 54.26% (17511 votes)
    • Steve Drazkowski(R), 45.33% (14627 votes)
    • Steve Wilson (Write-In), 0.20% (64 votes)
    • Write-In 0.21% (68 votes)

Personal life

Steve is a member of the National Rifle Association, Whitetails Unlimited, Ducks Unlimited, and both the Lake City and Frontenac Sportsmens Clubs. Drazkowski is divorced; he and his ex-wife, Laura, have one child, a daughter named Kinsey. In 2006, before he was elected as a Minnesota state representative, Drazkowski was arrested and charged with assaulting his then-14-year-old daughter. Drazkowski was acquitted, but at the request of his ex-wife, the judge issued a temporary restraining order against him.[9] He co-owns an online retail business, a shoe store in Winona, MN and resides in Mazeppa, Minnesota.

References

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on March 13, 2012. Retrieved November 11, 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ Hoppin, Jason. Potent reaction to Minnesota immigration bill. St. Paul Pioneer Press. May 7, 2010.
  3. ^ Kleefeld, Eric (February 2, 2012). "Minnesota GOP Legislators Eye 'Right-To-Work' Constitutional Amendment". Talking Points Memo.
  4. ^ Ragsdale, Jim (February 2, 2012). "State Republicans launch right-to-work amendment drive". Star Tribune.
  5. ^ Rosen, James (April 1, 2019). "EXCLUSIVE: Omar Facing Campaign Finance Probe". WJLA. Retrieved April 4, 2019.
  6. ^ Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board. "Mission and Goals" (PDF). Minnesota. Retrieved April 4, 2019.
  7. ^ https://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2018/12/renegade-house-members-split-from-gop-caucus/
  8. ^ https://www.newhousegop.com
  9. ^ https://www.winonadailynews.com/news/drazkowski-cleared-of-assault-charge/article_07970ae0-252c-5c53-83e4-05c81bf634a7.html

External links

Minnesota House of Representatives
Preceded by
Steve Sviggum
Kenyon
Member of the House of Representatives
from the 21B district
28B (2007–2013)

2007–present
Incumbent
This page was last edited on 27 September 2019, at 18:08
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