U.S. Rep. Brad Finstad announced Friday the introduction of two pieces of legislation to honor the life and legacy of the late U.S. Rep. Jim Hagedorn, who served as the U.S. Representative for the First District from 2019 until his death from stage IV kidney cancer in 2022.
The first would rename the post office in Blue Earth, Minnesota after Hagedorn, who was born in Blue Earth and is where he lived during his time in Congress. It was Blue Earth and southern Minnesota that Hagedorn truly loved and chose to make his home.
Said Finstad in a press release: “Jim was a true public servant, a commonsense conservative with an unparalleled work ethic. He fought tirelessly for the people of Minnesota’s First District and worked every day to represent the southern Minnesota views and values of his constituents, supporting the district’s agriculture, small businesses, transportation, and world-class healthcare system. Jim loved few things more than his Minnesota roots, and I am proud to honor him by preserving his legacy in the Blue Earth community.”
Additionally, Congressman Finstad re-introduced the American Workforce Empowerment Act, which was one of Congressman Hagedorn’s top legislative priorities during his time in office. The bill would allow 529 savings accounts to be used for non-degree technical training certificate programs, apprenticeships, tools, and any tests that are required to obtain and maintain certifications. The bill was introduced by Congressman Finstad with 26 original cosponsors.