Metzen to Retire From Senate After 42 Years of Service
ST. PAUL - Sen. Jim Metzen says he will not be seeking re-election after 42 years of service in the state Legislature.
The Democrat announced last year that he was receiving treatment for cancer at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. In a statement Saturday, he said that when his current term is finished, he hopes his constituents believe he represented them well and that he was fair. He says he tried to form friendships and alliances with both Democrats and Republicans.
Metzen was first elected to the House of Representatives as a 31-year-old and served six consecutive terms. He was then elected to the Senate in 1986 and was re-elected eight times.
More than 300 current and former elected officials honored Metzen at a reception last month.