Thursday, May 9, 2013
The freshman state representative for St. Michael and Albertville proposed adding the word 'civil' before the word 'marriage' wherever it appears in Minnesota law.
State Rep. David FitzSimmons (R-Albertville) made a splash in his first speech on the floor of the Minnesota House of Representatives Thursday. His amendment to the same-sex marriage bill passed on a voice vote after a brief debate. Rep. Karen Clark (DFL-Minneapolis), the bill's co-author, spoke in support of the amendment. FitzSimmons, who represents both St. Michael and Albertville, proposed that the phrase "civil marriage" take the place of "marriage" wherever it appears in the statutes of Minnesota. He began his floor speech by saying he'd been in the Legislature for five months and that this was his first time speaking on the House floor. "I am actuallly supposed to be here on the floor, in case you were wondering," he quipped. More …
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Changing how all state laws refer to marriage would offer 'further reassurance' to religious organizations wary of being sued for not sanctioning same-sex marriages.
Minnesota state Representative David FitzSimmons (R-Albertville) will propose changing all references to "marriage" in state law to "civil marriage," according to media reports. He will propose the change as an amendment to the same-sex marriage bill set to hit the House floor Thursday. "What this does with placing 'civil' in front of 'marriage' is that it only highlights again that this is not talking about is necessarily the marriage that's takes place in your church or synagogue," Fitzsimmons told MPR. "This bill is about the civil aspects and the government relations aspects of marriage." Fitzsimmons' change has the support of Minnesotans United, the main organization advocating for same-sex marriage, the Star Tribune reported, and …
Thursday, February 7, 2013
In the video below, FitzSimmons discusses his personal background in Albertville, priorities and goals.
Rep. David FitzSimmons talks about his life in Albertville, the issues that are important to the community and what he would like to achieve this session. Two of his goals include legislation for expansion of the Interstate 94 corridor and equity in school funding for K-12, which in its current formula, hurts St. Michael-Albertville Schools.
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
The St. Michael area state house representative authored his first bill and signed on to two education bills.
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
The current funding formula disperses state money to Wright County schools at a lower level than other districts.
St. Michael-Albertville School Board Chairman Douglas Birk told a crowd of Wright County school officials and legislative representatives that he’s “mad as hell and I can’t take it anymore.” It’s an old movie line, he said, but it fits the situation facing St. Michael-Albertville Schools and other area school district. He and other district officials from around Wright County held a joint legislative meeting earlier this month with state legislators representing the area to discuss equity in school funding. Minnesota House Representative David FitzSimmons, who represents the St. Michael area, participated in the discussion, and says the issue is one of his priorities this legislative session. St. Michael City Council members also …
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
The representative for House District 30B covers the cities of St. Michael, Albertville, Otsego, Hanover, and a portion of Dayton.
Representative David FitzSimmons (R-Albertville) was sworn in at the Capitol Tuesday to begin his work for St. Michael, Albertville, Otsego, Hanover and a portion of Dayton. "I am humbled by the confidence the voters of my district have expressed in me, and I am ready to represent their best interests," said FitzSimmons in a statement released Tuesday night. Representing House District 30B, FitzSimmons will serve on the higher education, transportation policy, agriculture policy, and capital investment committees. FitzSimmons’ priorities include "pushing for highway expansion on key corridors such as I-94 between Rogers and St. Michael, more equitable school funding so that schools in Wright County are not short changed, and a tax and …
Thursday, December 27, 2012
House Representative David FitzSimmons also told the council he is ready to advocate for the I-94 expansion project.
The St. Michael City Council last week unanimously approved a 2.99 percent increase in the property tax levy as part of its 2013 budget at its regular meeting. Depending on changes in a property's market value, and the statewide changes in homestead exclusions, homeowners will see either an increase or decrease in their city property taxes that could be more or less than the 2.99 percent levy increase, according to Steve Bot, city administrator, engineer and public works director. The increase is intended to cover increases to infrastructure, public safety and equipment replacement. Paying off debt service for Highway 241, the one-way pair, and the Town Center civic building are the primary parts of the infrastructure payments. "The city…
Thursday, November 8, 2012
David FitzSimmons, Marion O'Neill, Joe McDonald, Bruce Anderson and Tom Darkenwald
Local republican politicans watched election results come in on several screens Tuesday night as they celebrated their campaigns and thanked their supporters and volunteers. The election night party in Buffalo was held by David FitzSimmons, who won the Minnesota House District 30B seat. He will represent St. Michael, Albertville, Otsego and Hanover at the state legislature. Also in attendance were Tom Darkenwald, who lost the seat for Wright County Commission, Marion O'Neill, who took House District 29B, Joe McDonald, who took House District 29A, and Bruce Anderson, who took Senate District 19. Anderson will represent St. Michael, Albertville, Otsego, Monticello Buffalo, and several surrounding townships.
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
The long-time republican prevailed over DFL candidate Sharon Shimek.
Rural Albertville resident and longtime Republican advocate David FitzSimmons won the seat for Minnesota House District 30B. He will represent St. Michael, Albertville, Otsego and Hanover at the state legislature. FitzSimmons beat DFL candidate Sharon Shimek by about 20 percent of the votes. He received 11,992 votes for about 62 percent of the votes. Shimek received 7,367 votes for about 40 percent of the votes. "I am very humbled by the confidence the voters of Otsego, St. Michael, Albertville and Hanover have expressed by electing me to serve as their representative in St. Paul," FitzSimmons wrote in an email to St. Michael Patch. "I look forward to pushing for transportation policy that highlights the needed road expansion on key …
Friday, August 10, 2012
The Albertville farmer has long been a local GOP activist. Now he's seeking office.
Name : Mr. David Myles FitzSimmons Also known as : Fitz Age : 34 Place of residence : Albertville Job titles held : self-employed Employers : NA Party affiliation : Republican Running for a: State office Running for position: Minnesota House 30B Chamber/district: 30B Incumbent: No Previous elective offices : NA Unsuccessful bids for elective offices: NA Address 10731 CR37 NE Albertville MN 55301 Name : Stacy Morse Title : Campaign Manager Website : fitzforhouse.com Twitter : @dmfitzsimmons Facebook : http://www.facebook.com/FitzForHouse