Politics in Minnesota and Capitol Report are proud to announce the winners of our Leaders in Public Policy awards for 2012. These individuals and organizations have distinguished themselves with significant contributions to Minnesota’s political, public policy, and civic environment, and it’s our honor to recognize them:
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT: Rep. Tom Rukavina, DFL-Virginia.
BUSINESS: Rep. Dan Fabian, R-Roseau, Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen, R-Alexandria, and Jeff Smith, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, for reforms in environmental permitting.
LABOR: Shar Knutson, president, Minnesota AFL-CIO; Harry Melander, president, Minnesota State Building & Construction Trades Council.
ONE TO WATCH: Reps. Kurt Daudt, R-Crown, and Erin Murphy, DFL-St. Paul, and Sen. Ted Lillie, R-Woodbury.
TOP LEGISLATIVE STAFFER: Chas Anderson, executive director, House GOP caucus; Holly Iverson and Christine Kiel, House GOP caucus Health and Human Services.
UNSUNG HERO: Sarah Walker, Minnesota Second Chance Coalition; Jennifer Engh.
PUBLIC POLICY ACHIEVEMENT (Health): David Brown, Hennepin County, and Iris Freeman, Center for Elderly Justice and Policy.
PUBLIC POLICY ACHIEVEMENT (Transportation): Coalition for the St. Croix River Crossing.
PUBLIC POLICY ACHIEVEMENT (Sports): Lester Bagley, Minnesota Vikings; Sen. Julie Rosen, R-Fairmount; Rep. Morrie Lanning, R-Moorhead; and Gov. Mark Dayton.