District 19A House Representative Clark Johnson (D-North Mankato) announced Monday that he will not run for re-election this year.

“One thing that always sticks in my mind is Ruth Johnson, a former state representative, said we take turns in democracy. It feels like this has been my turn and now it’s someone else’s turn. I turn 66 this summer and it’s my retirement age. I guess I’m just ready to retire and spend more time with my wife to be real honest with you.”

Johnson has been active in politics for most of his life and says his real joy of the job has been meeting people and doing wonderful things.

Rep. Clark Johnson

“I’m super proud of getting Highway 14 four-lanes past Nicollet and that intersection there. Then the Security Hospital has always been at the top of my radar. The bonding bills that support the reconstruction of the Security Hospital and then this last year, additional staffing. That feels good. We’re not done on Highway 14 and we’re not done on the staffing either, but I think we’ve laid a good foundation for going forward.”

He says he is ready to get to work in the coming session, specifically on looking at the Minnesota Care buy-in.

“The second thing I’m giving a lot of focus to is something that helps some people in my district who have adrenal insufficiency. Where they are at some risk when they face some trauma and need medication. We are going to try and get passed into law so that folks in emergency services are trained to give them the medication that they would be carrying. It’s really kind of a life saving thing for some that face a very difficult situation.”

This year’s legislative session begins on February 20.

House District 19A serves Nicollet County along with a small part of Mankato, Lime Township and Kasota.

Johnson was first elected in 2013 and is a retired educator and spent a chunk of his career preparing teachers to teach secondary social studies.