District 21A Rep. Joe Schomacker was among multiple individuals recognized by the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities (CGMC) on July 27 during the Coalition’s summer conference in Thief River Falls for his positive impact on the state’s environmental policy and programs.
Schomacker, a Republican from Luverne, is serving his seventh term in the Minnesota House. The Legislator of Distinction Award is given to legislators who played key roles in advancing CGMC’s policy during the preceding legislative session.
Schomacker has been an active force in protecting the health and welfare of Greater Minnesotans, a CGMC press release said. During the 2023 legislative session, he worked across the aisle to secure funds for the inventory and removal of lead pipes across Minnesota. Schomacker helped garner the bipartisan support of many rural legislative members on this issue and contributed to the passage of $240 million in this year’s lead pipe removal bill. His efforts also led to the bonding bill’s inclusion of a number of water quality projects aimed at helping rural water systems in Greater Minnesota.
Slayton City Administrator Josh Malchow was also recognized by the Coalition during its summer conference in Thief River Falls for his excellence in service to Greater Minnesota.
The Excellence in Service Award is given annually to city leaders who demonstrate knowledge, leadership and active participation in CGMC program areas over the past year.
During this legislative session, Malchow demonstrated how a strong and consistent message can significantly impact legislative discussions. Through his work with CGMC staff and his direct communication with legislators, Malchow made Slayton an often-cited example of the need for the state to provide ongoing, dedicated revenue to small city streets, which influenced members of both parties and in both chambers of the legislature.
The CGMC is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization representing more than 100 cities outside the Twin Cities metropolitan area. The Coalition educates legislators about issues important to Greater Minnesota.