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December 19, 2012

Morrow leaving Legislature

ST PETER — State Rep. Terry Morrow — a St. Peter Democrat who has provided more than a few surprises to area residents since 1995 — announced Wednesday that he will be resigning from the Legislature as of Jan. 7 to take a job in Chicago.

Morrow, a professor at Gustavus Adolphus College, didn’t have a Republican opponent in the Nov. 6 election and was set to be sworn in for a fourth term in the House when the 2013 legislative session begins on Jan. 8. With redistricting, Morrow’s new district was dominated by Nicollet County but included parts of Mankato.

Morrow stated in a letter to colleagues that he was approached after Election Day by officials from the Uniform Law Commission with “an opportunity to lead its legislative efforts across the United States and to work with other countries on multinational legal issues.” The Commission, established in 1892, is made up of lawyers appointed by state governments to provide nonpartisan legislation to states to enhance stability and consistency between state laws, according to the ULC website.

“Departing a community and college and friends with whom we have shared our lives for almost 20 years led us to reflect carefully on this choice,” Morrow wrote. “Living here, raising our children here, working here has been a blessed experience for Martha and me.”

A special election will be held, likely in January, to choose Morrow’s replacement.

NYC to St. P

Morrow’s time in St. Peter has been marked by the unexpected, including his arrival. A New York native who was working in a private law firm in California, Morrow had no connection to St. Peter or Minnesota. But after doing some teaching as an adjunct faculty member in California, he decided he enjoyed that more than his attorney job. He picked up a doctorate at Northwestern University in Chicago in communications studies, and the couple began searching for a college town that looked like a good place to raise a family.

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