State Rep. Paul Rosenthal to leave House, accepts job in Utah

He accepted a job as director of external affairs for Western Governors University, a nonprofit organization in Salt Lake City.

“Higher education has always been a passion of mine, and I look forward to a new opportunity helping more people attain success in and access to higher education,” Rosenthal said.

His district, 49B, represented people in western Bloomington, southern Edina, northeastern Eden Prairie and southeastern Minnetonka.

Rosenthal served in the House for four nonconsecutive terms since 2008. His present term expires at the end of this year.

“I have loved every minute of my time at the Legislature,” Rosenthal said. “Representing our growing and diversifying community in St. Paul has been an incredible honor. I’m humbled to have had this opportunity, working on behalf of the people who make Minnesota such an amazing place to live.”

Rosenthal said his legislative accomplishments include passing legislation to combat financial fraud against senior citizens and vulnerable adults, renewing efforts to convene a legislative bipartisan small business caucus, increasing penalties for hit-and-run violations and securing funds for improving the Interstate 35W/Interstate 494 interchange.

He has served on the following committees: Housing, Early Childhood (vice chair), Public Safety (vice chair), Higher Education, Transportation Policy and Finance, Commerce & Consumer Protection, Veterans Affairs Division (DFL lead).

“Over the course of serving, I’ve made great friends on both sides of the aisle and have learned so much from my colleagues and our hardworking staff,” Rosenthal said. “My constituents have always been my No. 1 priority; it’s been a privilege working with and serving them in the Minnesota House of Representatives.”

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