Sen. Miller on the Senate Floor with his wife, Janel, and son, Drew, after being sworn in on Jan. 8.Photo courtesy of Senate Media Services
Sen. Miller on the Senate Floor with his wife, Janel, and son, Drew, after being sworn in on Jan. 8.

Photo courtesy of Senate Media Services
We are officially underway with the new legislative session here at the Capitol in St. Paul.

On Jan. 8, I was joined by my wife, Janel, and son, Drew, on the Senate Floor as I was sworn in for my second term as state senator for the newly reconfigured Senate District 28.

I am grateful for the opportunity to once again serve the citizens of Fillmore, Houston and Winona counties in the State Legislature.

We will have many challenges, but also many opportunities. I look forward to working together with colleagues on both sides of the aisle to continue to get good things done for the State of Minnesota.

Along with Senate Floor Sessions, committees began meeting and hearing bills this week. I am proud to serve as the lead Republican for the Senate Higher Education and Workforce Development Committee and will also serve on the Transportation and Public Safety, Finance and Capital Investment Committees.

In addition, I was appointed to the Legacy Subcommittee of the Senate Finance Committee.

I'm especially excited about my leadership role on the Senate Higher Education and Workforce Development Committee and look forward to the opportunities that are ahead.

My goal is to work with MnSCU, University of Minnesota, and the private colleges and universities to make sure our students are getting the education they need to be successful in the workforce at an affordable price.

I've heard concerns from several constituents about the recent media attention surrounding administrative overhead at the University of Minnesota.

I had a couple meetings this week with university officials, in addition to a committee hearing where President Kaler responded specifically to the Wall Street Journal article published about administrative costs at the U.

President Kaler has agreed to provide a report, published by a third party, to the legislature by March 15 outlining more specific details about administrative costs and his plan to reduce administrative overhead.

To read the Star Tribune article about the committee hearing, visit online at

Working on our state's budget will be my main focus over the next several months.

Governor Dayton will release his budget proposal next week, and I'm looking forward to working with him and other legislators to help manage our state's budget in a fiscally responsible way.

My priority is to ensure our state government is more effective and efficient with taxpayers' dollars, and we don't take unnecessary dollars away from family budgets.

I welcome constituents to get in touch with me and share their input, comments and concerns. If I can ever be of any assistance, please don't hesitate to contact me. Below is my new office contact information:

135 State Office Building

St. Paul, MN 55155