Sen. Keith Langseth, DFL-Glyndon, is best known for chairing the Senate public works funding committee, the panel that recommends what state facilities get state money.
He became interested in the committee, after spending his early career mostly dealing with higher education issues, following the 1997 Red River flood. Since then, he has obtained millions of dollars to right flooding.
Red River communities have received most of the money they need, Langseth said, but a bit more remains to be done. While he is not running again, he has someone in mind to take up the fight.
Just to make sure the Red River Valley keeps getting help, Langseth said he hopes that Sen. LeRoy Stumpf, DFL-Plummer, can become chairman of the public works funding committee. Of course, that only could happen if Democrats regain control of the Senate, control they lost two years ago.
Stumpf’s district in the extreme northwestern corner of the state also has been affected by Red River flooding, especially the infamous 1997 event.
In announcing he is running for a new term, Stumpf said he would work for communities with unfinished flood projects in the area.