PENNINGTON — Former State Rep. Matt Bliss, R-Pennington, said he is seeking re-election to the House to build on his impressive achievements benefiting District 5A and to further his “northern Minnesota values” approach, he said in a press release.
During his 2017-18 term in office, Bliss delivered around $33 million in state funding for local projects. He also is an ardent supporter of reducing health care costs, protecting Second Amendment rights and replacing the decrepit Line 3 pipeline.
“After taking some time to observe the priorities of our current representative and in consultation with my family and constituents, I have decided that I will once again seek the office of state representative for District 5A,” Bliss said. “With a budget surplus of more than $1 billion, our current representative has supported massive tax increases, anti-gun measures and has aligned his priorities with the extreme metro liberal philosophy. Residents of our district deserve someone who will be dedicated to protecting our northern Minnesota values and pocketbooks without selling out to metro priorities.”
Bliss said he is proud of his record as a state representative and highlighted increased education funding, historic investments in Minnesota’s road and bridges and reduced health care costs. He also said landing $21 million for a Bemidji State University student center and $12.5 million for a Northern Minnesota Veterans Home were major victories for local projects that had been languishing until his arrival in the House.
“We did all of this without raising a single penny in taxes,” Bliss said. “In fact, we were actually able to reduce taxes during the last two years. I look forward to getting out, listening to the voters and sharing solutions that reflect our Northern Minnesota values and priorities.”
Bliss is a business person by trade and is the owner/operator of Bliss Point Resort in Pennington.