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GOP’s Kieffer, who backed gay marriage, won’t seek re-election

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Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

WOODBURY — Andrea Kieffer, the House lawmaker from Woodbury who retained her seat in 2012 against a statewide DFL tidal wave, then broke Republican Party ranks with her support of legalizing gay marriage, will not seek a third term.

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Kieffer announced last week that the 2014 legislative session will be her last. She was first elected to the House in 2010.

Kieffer said her reason for leaving is a mix of frustration with the current political climate and a desire to spend more time raising awareness of mitochondrial disease, which has afflicted her daughter.

Kieffer said “political posturing” among Democrats and some Republicans has become frustrating.

“We’re missing out on what’s good public policy,” Kieffer said.

During her time in the House, Kieffer authored and passed “Tyler’s Law,” which required carbon monoxide information to be included in Minnesota driver’s training following the 2010 death of a Woodbury teenager who succumbed to the toxic fumes while working on a car.

Kieffer drew headlines this year when she joined three other House Republicans in support of legislation to legalize gay marriage -- a bill signed into law by Gov. Mark Dayton.

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