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politician , member of the Minnesota House of Representatives

Andy J. Welti was a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives.

Background

Welti, Andy J. was born on May 28, 1980 in Rochester, Minnesota, United States.

Education

Bachelor of Science in Secondary Social Studies Education, Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Career

A Democrat, he was first elected in 2004, defeating four-term incumbent Republican Bill Kuisle. Both contests were re-matches against Kuisle. In the aftermath of the 2008 election, he was elected by his DFL colleagues as one of eight assistant majority leaders.

He was unseated by Republican Mike Benson in the 2010 general election. During his time in the legislature, his work has focused largely on veteran's affairs, education, agriculture and alternative energy. Committees served on during the 2009-10 biennium:Agriculture, Rural Economies and Veterans Affairs Finance DivisionEnergy Finance and Policy Division CommitteeHigher Education and Workforce Development Finance and Policy DivisionTransportation and Transit Policy and Oversight DivisionTransportation Finance and Policy DivisionCommittees served on during the 2007-08 biennium:Energy Finance and Policy DivisionHigher Education and Work Force Development Policy and Finance DivisionE-12 EducationAgriculture, Rural Economics, and Veterans Affairs Division.

Committees served on during the 2005-06 biennium:Agriculture and Rural DevelopmentEnvironment and Natural ResourcesGovernmental Operations and Veterans Affairs.

Achievements

  • Welti won re-election in 2006 with 52% of the vote and again in 2008 with 56% of the vote.

Politics

Just 24 years of age at the time, his victory over Kuisle (who served as chair of the Transportation Committee, and was also a member of the Ways and Means Committee) was regarded as a significant political upset in the traditionally Republican area. Welti represented District 30B, which includes portions of Rochester and largely rural areas of Olmsted, Winona, and Wabasha counties, including the towns of Stewartville, Dover, Eyota, Chatfield, part of St. Charles, and his home town of Plainview.