Story on Minnesota State Rep. Susan Allen’s First Session in Office

An excerpt from the Star Tribune:

As the legislative session draws closer to an end, Allen is wrapping up her first season as the state’s first American Indian woman to serve in the Legislature. She’s made history on a national level, too — becoming the first openly gay American Indian woman to serve in any state legislature.

A tax attorney specializing in tribal law, Allen, DFL-Minneapolis, joined the Legislature after winning a special election on Jan. 10. She filled the House 61-B seat vacated by former Rep. Jeff Hayden, who is now a state senator.

Fellow lawmakers describe her as a thoughtful, gracious voice who doesn’t shy away from debates.

The post on her special election win is here.

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