DFL Rep. Carly Melin is settling into her new place in St. Paul, after winning the special election in House District 5B to replace Iron Range Resources chief Tony Sertich.
Melin finished her first full day in St. Paul Wednesday, after being sworn into the Legislature a day earlier to a standing room only crowd in Hibbing City Hall. Melin said she believes she is the only legislator to recently take the oath of office in their home district.
In a news release, Melin said she spent the day meeting with constituents and had a sit down with Gov. Mark Dayton. “I welcome our state’s newest representative to the Capitol and I congratulate her on her outstanding victory,” Dayton said in a statement. “I look forward to working with her on behalf of our constituents to bring jobs to the Range and on other important projects.”
Melin will be serving on the Capital Investment, Judiciary Policy and Finance and Jobs and Economic Development committees. Sertich served on both the Capital Investment and Jobs committees, but some reshuffling had to be done to incorporate Melin, a lawyer, into the Judiciary Committee.
To make way for Melin, DFL Rep. Tom Tillberry will move out of Judiciary and into Education Reform, taking DFL Rep. Lyndon Carlson‘s seat as he moves to the Taxes Committee, where Sertich left another vacancy. Melin has also been appointed to serve on the Iron Range Resources Board.