Steve Drazkowski

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Steve Drazkowski
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Member of the Minnesota House of Representatives
from the 21B district
28B (2007–2013)
Incumbent
Assumed office
August 16, 2007
Preceded by Steve Sviggum
Personal details
Born (1964-11-27) November 27, 1964 (age 49)
Winona, Minnesota
Political party Republican Party of Minnesota
Spouse(s) Laura
Children 1
Residence Mazeppa, Minnesota
Alma mater University of Wisconsin, River Falls
University of Minnesota
Occupation businessman, legislator
Religion Catholic

Steve Drazkowski (born November 27, 1964) is a Minnesota politician and member of the Minnesota House of Representatives. A member of the Republican Party of Minnesota, he represents District 21B, which includes portions of Dodge, Goodhue, Wabasha and Winona counties in the southeastern part of the state.

Early life, education, and career[edit]

Drazkowski was born in Winona, Minnesota, and grew up on a farm in Bluff Siding, Wisconsin. He graduated from Cochrane-Fountain City High School and earned a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture degree in 1989 from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. In 1994, he earned a Master of Education degree from the University of Minnesota.

Drazkowski is a Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Firearms Safety Instructor, Wabasha County 4-H volunteer, and past president of the Minnesota Forage and Grassland Council.

Political career[edit]

In 2006, Drazkowski ran unsuccessfully for the District 28 seat in the Minnesota Senate. He subsequently ran for and was elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives in the August 7, 2007 special election held after Rep. Steve Sviggum resigned to become Minnesota's Commissioner of Labor and Industry. He was re-elected in 2008, 2010, and 2012.[1]

In May 2010, Drazokowski introduced legislation in the Minnesota House modeled after Arizona's controversial immigration law.[2]

In 2012, Drazkowski and radio host Dave Thompson proposed an Employee Freedom Constitutional Amendment which would require a statewide referendum on amending the Minnesota Constitution to include a right-to-work clause weakening unions.[3][4]

Electoral history[edit]

  • 2010 Race for Minnesota House of Representatives — District 28B
    • Steve Drazkowski (R) 65.15% (9669 votes)
    • Mark Schneider (DFL), 34.77% (5160 votes)
    • Write-in, 0.08% (12 votes)
  • 2008 Race for Minnesota House of Representatives — District 28B
    • Steve Drazkowski (R) 54.75% (10980 votes)
    • Linda Pfeilsticker (DFL), 45.13% (9050 votes)
    • Write-in, 0.12% (24 votes)
  • 2007 Race for Minnesota House of Representatives — District 28B Special Election
    • Steve Drazkowski (R) 52.89% (3762 votes)
    • Linda Pfeilsticker (DFL), 46.86% (3333 votes)
    • Write-in, 0.25% (18 votes)
  • 2006 Race for Minnesota Senate — District 28
    • Steve Murphy (DFL), 54.26% (17511 votes)
    • Steve Drazkowski(R), 45.33% (14627 votes)
    • Steve Wilson (Write-In), 0.20% (64 votes)
    • Write-In 0.21% (68 votes)

Personal life[edit]

Steve is a member of the National Rifle Association, Whitetails Unlimited, Ducks Unlimited, and both the Lake City and Frontenac Sportsmens Clubs. He is married to Laura and has one daughter, Kinsey. He co-owns an online retail business and resides in Mazeppa, Minnesota.

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Minnesota House of Representatives
Preceded by
Steve Sviggum
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Member of the House of Representatives
from the 21B district
28B (2007–2013)

2007–present
Incumbent