By Hodan Hassan
Hi, neighbors. State Representative Hodan Hassan here. It is an honor and privilege to represent you at the State Capitol as your House Representative. For some of you, I have been your representative for the last four years, but for others, I am your new representative because of recent district boundary changes. I want to take this time to introduce myself and the work I intend to do for you in the next two years.
By trade, I am a social worker and a mental health clinician who found herself in politics when I saw a need in my community for strong representation. I am a mother of two wonderful kids, my youngest being three years old. So when I say I understand the struggles our families are facing with childcare expenses skyrocketing, food prices being unreasonable, and gas prices out of reach, it is an understatement.
After weathering the worst of the COVID pandemic, the murder of George Floyd, and the civil unrest followed by a period of safety concerns and instability, our community continues to face many challenges. I strongly believe that our state is in a strong position to address the urgent needs facing Minnesotans, and we must do the work to expand economic opportunities and build a state that works better for everyone.
As the chair of the Minnesota House Economic Development Committee, I am committed to helping small businesses across the state, especially the ones in our district, recover from the last few years and start thriving again. Along with helping our small business community get back to its heyday, other priorities of mine include ensuring paid family leave for all Minnesotans, making strong investments in childcare, creating more affordable housing and increasing homeownership rates, and delivering strong investments in our students and classrooms. I plan to work with our DFL caucus and pushall of our priorities to the finish line.
It is incredibly important to me that I am available and accessible to everyone people in my district. I love meeting new people and hearing from you, so please do not hesitate to reach out if I can be of service to you, your family, and your neighborhood.
You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 651-296-0294. I look forward to continuing to work together to build the bright future all Minnesotans deserve.