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Published November 03, 2010, 10:32 PM

Long-Time Representative Lieder Loses MN Seat

A long-time Minnesota representative lost his race for re-election after more than a decade-long winning streak.

A long-time Minnesota representative lost his race for re-election after more than a decade-long winning streak.

Representative for District 1B, Bernie Lieder of Crookston, Minnesota said he is disappointed by the loss, but not necessarily surprised.

"It appears it's been a trend nationally and in the state," said Lieder, sitting on the end of his couch in his Crookston home.

In district 1B, longtime Minnesota Representative Bernie Lieder is feeling the apparent Republican sweep this midterm election.

"Certainly you'll miss it, but you have to expect it every two years," said Lieder.

A familiar face in the Minnesota Legislature, Lieder was bested by Republican opponent Deb Kiel.

Kiel's votes totalled 6,531, which was 134 more than Lieder.

Even after 13 terms, he is not seeking a recount for what would have been his 14th victory.

"I don't think it's practical to do that," he said on the subject of a recount.

After 26 years, Lieder says his proudest accomplishments are the transportation bills he's authored and obtaining flood protection money.

"You feel good about that"

He does not feel good about the state budget deficit which is around $6 Billion. He feels many Republican candidates ran on promises to make budget cuts and to make changes in the government. He is waiting to see how that goes.

"Anybody that's close to a budget knows you can't make all cuts unless your going to devastate the state. We see every new legislator think they can make a significant change right off the bat. It doesn't work that way."

With a new Minnesota governor, Lieder feels it could be a positive step for the state legislature. Lieder said after 13 fulfilling terms, he is disappointed he will not get to be behind the scenes.

"Unfortunately I won't be able to be there to find out."

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