Post Election Wrap Up

The big election is in the history books and now that some of the dust has settled we need to take a look at some of the results and we should get to work.

We had several close races in the U.S. House of Representatives. Our longtime friend U.S. Rep. John Kline did not run again for his seat and the race for his replacement was close. Jason Lewis will go to Washington D.C. as the new Representative for Minnesota's Second Congressional District. We need members in this district (southeast of the metro) to reach out to Congressman Elect Lewis. Like I said, his predecessor was a great friend to bikers.

Congressman Rick Nolan kept his seat in the 8th District but his margin of victory was razor thin. Representative Nolan has been supportive on some of our issues, he is a rider, so we need to work on getting him on board with all of our issues. Maybe that close election will get his attention. 

Our good friends U.S. Representatives Peterson and Walz had close races as well. Both of these Congressman have been consistent supporters so we just need to keep on reaching out to them. 

Now is the time for Chapters to start thinking about earmarking some money for Bikers Inside The Beltway in mid-May. We would really like to have at least one informed and motivated member from each of our eight Congressional Districts. We need to work on these relationships. Face to face meetings in our nation’s capital with them and their staff is the best way to do it.

There were some changes at the state level, the majority changed in the Minnesota Senate. The Republicans took control and they are working on appointing committee chairs and other leadership positions. The Republicans maintained control of the Minnesota House of Representatives. We have the Republicans in control of both legislative bodies and the Democrats control the governor's mansion, so the pundits are predicting gridlock. It sure is a good thing that A.B.A.T.E. of Minnesota works with both parties on our issues. The bottom line is there will be a lot of new faces, new committee chairs, majority leaders, and minority leaders. We need to make those face to face connections and the best way to do that is to attend Bikerday 2017 on January 25th. We need a huge turnout to show all of our elected officials, old and new, that we love our freedom, we pay attention, and we are not going away. Please feel free to contact me anytime with questions or comments. 

In closing, A.B.A.T.E. of Minnesota would like to wish all of our members and their families a happy and safe Thanksgiving.

Stand And Be Counted,

Todd Riba

A.B.A.T.E. of Minnesota Legislative Director