A Mankato U.S. lawmaker who hopes to serve as the state’s next governor delivered the final Democratic weekly address of 2017 last week.

DFL Congressman has served as the U.S. Representative for Minnesota’s 1st congressional district since 2007.

Congressman Tim Walz of Minnesota, a retired National Guard Command Sergeant, saluted U.S. troops and talked about efforts to improve health care for veterans, saying, ” We are forever in your debt for the sacrifices you and your families make so that we may live freely here in the United States. We also want you to know that while you’re fighting for our freedoms, Democrats are working hard in the Congress to make sure that you have what you need to succeed.”

 

The top Democrat on the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs also said members of his party are leading the charge for the V.A. to begin researching alternative treatments for some service-related conditions and, ” In addition to fiercely defending the V.A. from those who wish to privatize it, Democrats are leading the charge for the V.A. to begin researching medical cannabis. We believe our veterans living with chronic pain and PTSD deserve to know whether medical cannabis can better serve them.”

 

Walz has served Minnesota’s first Congressional District for a decade, but last March announced a run for governor. Governor Mark Dayton is not seeking reelection.