Melin in St. Paul, to take office early next week

I spoke with Rep.-elect Carly Melin (DFL-Hibbing) this morning on her way to St. Paul. She’ll spend the rest of this week setting up her new office and learning her committee assignments. She confirmed that she’ll be in the office triplex with Reps. Tom Rukavina (DFL-Virginia) and Tom Anzelc (DFL-Balsam) sharing the services of one legislative aide, an administrative professional who will more than earn her pay this session.

Melin said she believes she’ll be sworn in on Monday before next week’s business, walking onto the House floor as a member for the first time Tuesday. Today she told Politics in Minnesota she’ll be seeking seats on the Capital Investment and Jobs and Economic Development committees.

Meantime, feast your eyes. The House 5B Special Election graphic I hastily assembled a month ago (above right) is hereby retired. To answer your question: Yes, that is an eagle wearing a hard hat holding a lunch box that reads “MN House 5B.” And this is how journalism is going to be for a couple decades. You’re welcome and I’m sorry.

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