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Eken, Green are sworn into their new offices

Sen. Kent Eken, right, was sworn into office Tuesday. Submitted Photo1 / 2
Rep. Steve Green, was sworn into office Tuesday. Submitted Photo2 / 2

Sen. Kent Eken and Rep. Steve Green were sworn into office Tuesday.

Sen. Kent Eken

District 4 freshman DFL Sen. Kent Eken spent several terms in the Minnesota House of Representatives before running and winning in the newly created fourth district.

Eken serves on several committees including, Capitol Investment, Health and Human Services, Higher Education and Workforce Development, and Jobs, Agriculture and Rural Development.

Eken, a lifelong educator, says education for our children, long term care for our seniors, and lowering property taxes are among his top priorities.

Eken says he is ready to get to work.

"It's time for the heavy lifting to begin now and begin to address the structural deficit problem and try to make sure that we maintain good quality services at an affordable price for the people of greater Minnesota."

Rep. Steve Green

Rep. Steve Green (R-Fosston) was sworn in as the state representative for House District 2B Tuesday in St. Paul in the chamber of the Minnesota House of Representatives.

District 2B consists of most of Becker County, southern Clearwater County, southern Hubbard County, Mahnomen County, northeastern Otter Tail County, and northern Wadena County.

"I'm humbled by the confidence the voters in my district have expressed in electing me," said Green. "I plan to get to work quickly to represent the values or rural Minnesota in the legislature."

Green's priorities include working to create a business-friendly environment for rural Minnesota, pushing for lower property taxes, and advocating for a comprehensive energy policy for the state.

"Rural Minnesota turns out the best work force in the country. We need to allow our existing rural businesses to expand and allow new ones to spring up so that we have opportunities for our young people to stay in the area," said Green.

Green's committee assignments include Capital Investment, Environment & Natural Resources Policy, Housing Finance & Policy, and Legacy.