State Rep. Terry Morrow's decision to leave the Minnesota Legislature for a job in Chicago with the Uniform Law Commission (ULC) is a bit surprising. Morrow, a Gustavus Adolphus College professor is a DFL legislator who served three terms in the district that was redrawn into House District 19A. He was unopposed in this past election, and seemed ready to assume some leadership in the new DFL majority in the House, especially as vice-chair of the House Higher Education Finance Committee.
Morrow was also expected to be a strong voice on local issues, such as the Highway 14 expansion project.
But Morrow, who has a background as a lawyer as well as an academic, will be guiding legislation on a national basis, not just in the state. He was contacted after the election by the ULC and offered a position. The ULC is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that "provides states with non-partisan, well conceived, and well drafted legislation that brings clarity and stability to critical areas of state statutory law," according to the ULC?website.
Gov. Mark Dayton will call a special election to fill the 19A seat sometime in January. It will need to be a quick election - the new legislative session starts on Jan. 8. That doesn't provide a lot of time for parties to pick candidates, and for the candidates to campaign.
We expect local DFLers and Republicans will look to recruit candidates with name recognition and perhaps some past legislative experience to make the quick run to replace Morrow.