Princeton grad Daudt gets House leadership role

In the race for District 31A of the Minnesota House of Representatives, incumbent Republican and Princeton High School graduate Kurt Daudt of Crown won with 60 percent of the vote over Democratic challenger Ryan Fiereck.

“I’m very honored that the residents re-elected me,” Daudt said Nov. 7. “I look forward to serving the people in the Legislature and I’m honored by their trust.”

He won again late last week.

House Republicans have picked Daudt  to lead their caucus for the next two years as House minority leader.

“I have an interest in being part of the team, wanting to move forward and look to the future. That’s what we’ve done today,” he said.

His vote was not on the first ballot, yet Daudt, an assistant majority leader the past two sessions, said the caucus is behind him. “We’re very united and looking to the future.”

Entering his second term in the House after six years as a township officer and six more as a county commissioner, Daudt said he is committed to reach across the aisle and work with the DFL majority on a bipartisan basis.

The decision to go with Daudt followed a beating Republicans took at the polls. They lost the House and Senate majorities they had for the past two years.

The House went from 72-62 Republican to 73-61 DFL; the Senate from 37-30 Republican to 39-28 DFL. Sen. David Hann (R-Eden Prairie) was named the minority leader in the Senate Friday.