Rosen facing challenger
State senator Julie Rosen (R-Fairmont) has been in office since 2003 and looks to continue serving District 23 as she competes with Barbara Ann Lake, of the Democratic Farmer-Labor (DFL) party, this November.
Rosen, who represented District 24 from 2003 until 2013, when she was redistricted to District 23, has served on Capital Investment, Environment and Energy and Health, Human Services and Housing committees, and is a previous Freshman Legislator of the Year honoree.
An organizer of the Minnesota Meth Task Force and author of the Minnesota Vikings stadium bill, she graduated with a degree in agronomy from Colorado State University and worked as a marketing representative prior to the start of her political career.
Rosen, 59, considered a bid to be Minnesota’s governor in 2014 and, years earlier, was appointed to the state’s Rural Health Advisory Committee by former governor Tim Pawlenty.
Seeking her fourth re-election since joining the State Senate, she has campaigned to work toward legislative action that often failed to take shape in recent bonding bill and tax bill discussions, vowing to uphold conservative principles and continue to target health care, mental health and economic development through agriculture and energy.
Rosen, who also attended Fort Lewis State College in Durango, Colorado, has three children: Wade, Karin and Reid.
Lake, a first-time DFL candidate, defeated John Lillis, the District 23 Democrats’ endorsed candidate, in this election season’s primary to run against Rosen.
A part-time reporter for the Maple River Messenger, she is a former special education administrator and school principal, having served districts in Wisconsin, Arizona and Minnesota.
Now semi-retired in Mapleton, Lake vows to run against the “status quo” of her incumbent opponent, touting her experience in community education and in dealing with the problems that result from it as she attempts to break into the political spectrum.
Involved in the Mapleton Chamber of Commerce among other local committees, she graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point with a degree in communicative disorders and later earned a master’s degree in school administration.
District 23 covers all or portions of Blue Earth, Faribault, Jackson, Le Sueur, Martin, Waseca and Watonwan counties.