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Letter: A thank you from Rep. Kline

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opinion Woodbury, 55125

Woodbury Minnesota 8420 City Centre Drive 55125

I would like to thank you, the residents of Minnesota's Second Congressional district, for honoring me with the opportunity to represent your views and values in Washington for two more years.

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As your congressman, I have done my best to put principles above partisanship and keep your best interests in mind. I will continue to listen to your concerns and get things done on your behalf -- regardless of ideology or partisanship.

When I championed legislation that made Minnesota's successful "Beyond the Yellow Ribbon" reintegration program available to veterans nationwide, co-sponsored the "American Energy Act" that aims to increase the supply of American-made energy in environmentally sound ways and swore off the corrupt and corrupting earmarking system in a call for an end to Washington's wasteful spending practices, I put policy ahead of politics. These were not Republican issues, they were not Democrat issues. They were issues important to you, my constituents.

I will continue to keep my promise to represent your views and values, cast my votes for what I think is right and conduct myself with the dignity and integrity Minnesotans expect and deserve.

John Kline

Lakeville

[Editor's note: Due to space limitations, Rep. Kline's letter, written immediately after the election, could not be published until this week.]

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