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    Tina Smith
    (DFL)

Biographical Information

Jobs: What action, if any, will you take to help your Minnesotans get steady work and living wages?

Trust: What action, if any, will you take to ensure Minnesotans trust you as an elected official and have confidence in you?

Civility: What is the responsibility of our elected officials, if any, to encourage Minnesotans to engage in respectful, constructive, civil discussions?

Unity: What concrete steps, if any, will you take to build cooperation between parties and unify the country?

I'm a fierce advocate for economic opportunity and a diverse economy that works for all Minnesotans. We need to invest in manufacturing and technology as well as infrastructure, help small businesses grow, and expand our agriculture economy. In the Senate, I introduced a bill to promote career and skill training opportunities by building partnerships between local businesses and schools to ensure Minnesotans have the skills to fill high-demand jobs. I’m working to pass a Farm Bill that invests in our farmers and rural communities. I support a $1 trillion infrastructure investment. As. Lt. Gov., I championed raising the minimum wage in Minnesota, and I support raising the federal minimum wage and expanding paid family and medical leave.
I have spent my life working with people to solve problems—always with the best interests of all Minnesotans at heart. As Lt. Governor, and now as Senator, I travel across the state to meet with and listen to Minnesotans in their communities, which helps me better understand what they are dealing with every day. I then get to work on their behalf. The number one issue I hear about is health care costs – driven higher by the rising cost of prescription medicine. That’s why the first bill I introduced helps to lower the cost of prescription drugs by addressing a corporate loophole that giant drug companies use to game the system and keep affordable generic drugs off the market.
My parents taught me that we all have value and everyone should to be treated with dignity and respect. I think that’s a Minnesota value and that’s what I want for all Minnesotans. We lift each other up and find common ground. We're creative, we’re practical, and we don’t just complain about what’s holding us back – we work together to come up with solutions. There's no match for the people of this state when we come together and stand shoulder to shoulder to each do our part and create the reality Paul Wellstone described where "we all do better when we all do better." That's why I'm committed to working hard to make sure Minnesotans have the freedom and opportunity to live the kinds of live they want to live.
I believe in working hard for Minnesotans. And that means working with anyone – even if we disagree – to solve problems that Minnesotans face. When I travel the state, I hear about issues that affect all Minnesotans, not a political party. We know that there is more that unites us than divides us. That's why I'm focused on common sense, bipartisan solutions like fighting to protect the pensions of hard-working Minnesotans on a newly created bipartisan committee and working with Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski from Alaska on a bill to increase mental health services in our schools.