Thank you for the privilege of serving you in the Minnesota House of Representatives. Every day is a complete joy and I am blessed for the opportunity to be your voice.
For the past 8 years, I have worked hard to represent the concerns of families in north-central Minnesota. I have served as Vice Chair of Agriculture Policy and led the way to legalize industrial hemp so that farmers have access to another crop market. Industrial hemp has many uses including fuel, paper, textiles, and food.
I currently serve as Chair of the Subcommittee on Child Care Access and Affordability. I have traveled many parts of our state and heard countless stories from providers of how government is stifling their small businesses. By taking a deeper look into these issues, we put together common sense legislation to give relief to the child care profession. However, many of the aspects of the legislation were met with hostility by bureaucrats in St. Paul. Now with new reports of fraud in the child care assistance program (CCAP), it is important to have a conservative in office who will take fraud seriously. The integrity of public programs – funded by our tax dollars – is at stake.
Through this journey of being your State Representative, you have inspired me with your life stories. Together we are a team.
Our state and nation face many challenges in the years ahead. I am asking for your support and vote to continue to work on these important issues. In return, I pledge that I will never lose sight of why you sent me to the Capitol – to stand and speak out for all the people who call our district home.
The District 08B seat is your voice at the Capitol. I would be honored to continue to serve on your behalf.
Get to Know
Mary Franson was born and raised in Minnesota. She grew up on an 80-acre hobby farm and graduated from AlBrook High School. After high school she continued her education at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. Mary worked her way through college and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and a minor in Humanities. Along the way she worked for AT&T and then became a small business owner before running for office.
Mary has three children: Helena (20), Karl (13), and Kahllin (11). Her family attends Alexandria Covenant Church.
During her four terms in the Minnesota House, Mary has served Douglas and Otter Tail counties as a member of the following committees:
- Aging & Long-term Care Policy
- Agriculture & Rural Development Policy and Finance
- Early Childhood & Youth Development Policy
- Health & Human Services Finance
- Health & Human Services Policy
- Health & Human Services Reform
- Higher Education Finance & Policy
- Access to Child Care and Affordability
- Commerce and Regulatory Reform
More about Mary:
- Member of Alexandria Covenant Church
- Sunday School teacher
- Participates in numerous Bible studies including AGLOW International
- Member of A.B.A.T.E. - Freedom Rider's chapter
- NRA life member
- Gun Owners Caucus life member
- Member of Ducks Unlimited
- 2013 Lakes Area (Echo Press) Top 20 Professional
- Former childcare provider
Where Mary Stands
Mary is a pro-life advocate from conception to natural death. Mary is opposed to taxpayer funding of abortion and the heinous practice of partial-birth abortion. She also passed legislation to end the taxpayer payer funding of abortion but it was quickly vetoed by Governor Dayton. Mary supports adoption and programs to ease the adoption process.
Creating a favorable small business climate is key to job growth. Mary Franson has been a champion of legislation to enact a favorable tax and investment climate for entrepreneurs and small business owners. Mary has worked to remove regulations that stifle business growth and expansion. When our small-town main streets prosper, we all prosper!
Strengthening Our Economy
Mary Franson understands that families are being squeezed by tough economic times, job losses, stagnant wages and reduced home values. Mary believes state government should hold the line on tax increases and live within its means – just like families in Douglas and Otter Tail counties do every day.
North Central Minnesota – Our Home
The friendly small towns, clean lakes and rivers, beautiful forests, hunting, fishing, boating and snowmobiling are why we live in Minnesota. Mary Franson will protect our environment, allow responsible use of our natural resources and proudly defend our way of life.
Ensuring Affordable Healthcare
MNsure, the Obamacare health insurance exchange in Minnesota, has been a failure. Before MNsure, Minnesota had one of the best healthcare systems in the world, but our nation-leading system has been damaged. Mary supports free market-based health insurance reforms to make insurance more accessible and affordable through competition in the health insurance market – not through a government takeover.
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Standing Up for Family Farmers and Agriculture
When Minnesota’s ag economy is healthy, our main streets, schools, churches and civic organizations are healthy. Mary knows farmers are the best stewards of the land. She will work to roll back excessive state regulations and ensure the PCA, DNR and Department of Agriculture serve as partners who assist – not hinder – farmers and their ag operations.
Making Good Schools Even Better
Schools in Douglas and Otter Tail counties receive thousands less per student than schools in the metro area. Mary Franson will work to secure fair education funding and ensure there is reform and accountability for every dollar spent. Mary supports high academic standards and challenging coursework to prepare students to compete in the global economy.
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2740 Le Homme Dieu Hts NE
Alexandria, MN 56308
At the Capitol: (constituent and legislative business)
211 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55155
651.296.3201 or 800.709.0796