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Letter: A thank you from Rep. Kline

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.

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


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 Kline's letter, written immediately after the election, could not be published until this week.]