Representative Clark Johnson (D-North Mankato) gaveled in Tuesday’s House Floor Session, in what is his last year serving District 19A.
“What was kind of special to be real honest with you, I walked back through the Republican side of the aisle and so many of my Republican colleagues came forward to thank me and express their appreciation. When I came to St. Paul I was determined to be able to work with the Republicans and I think I’ve accomplished it.”
Four out of his six years in office, Johnson has had the last seat in the aisle and sat next to Republicans. It was something he worked to get after constantly hearing from constituents that they want lawmakers to work together and get the job done.
“If we’re going to get the job done on so many issues, it means we have to work together. I think it’s really a matter of being respectful and listening to people and trying to understand what their thinking is and see where there may be some common ground. Frequently we can’t find that common ground and that’s ok. I think people accept the differences, but it’s a matter of building relationships and working together where you can.”
Johnson adds that he hopes whoever replaces him can pull off completing Highway 14 from Rochester to New Ulm and achieve full staffing at the Security Hospital in Saint Peter.
The 2018 Legislative Session comes to an end on May 22.