News from Representative Tom Emmer

Dear Friend,

I hope you all had a relaxed and happy Easter weekend spent with those you love. After a few months with a heavy focus on our work in Washington DC, it feels amazing to be back home in the district, meeting and catching up with my fellow Minnesotans. I had many important meetings during our district work time which included a speaking event with high school students to discuss the importance of financial literacy and a panel with Senator Amy Klobuchar to discuss the drought in Somalia and the Horn of Africa. 

Helping Students Plan for the Future

April is National Financial Literacy Month, which is why this week I joined Affinity Plus Credit Union and visited Rocori District High School students to have a discussion about the importance of fiscal responsibility and planning for the future. As the parent to seven children, many of whom are now adults, I know how imperative it is to emphasize saving and financial literacy throughout their lifetime. That is why I appreciated the opportunity to work with industry experts to encourage students to look towards their future. Whether you are saving for your education, a house, retirement, or even just a vacation, planning and preparation is crucial not just to individual success, but to the success of our nation. To learn more about this visit, click here to read my full press release.

Working to Assist Somalia and the Horn of Africa 

This week, I also joined Senator Amy Klobuchar in a panel discussion regarding the drought and famine in Somalia and the Horn of Africa. During this panel, Senator Klobuchar and I had the chance to hear from leaders in the Somali community and members of various non-profit organizations, all of whom had expertise and insight into how we can help this struggling region in Africa.

Here in Minnesota, Senator Klobuchar and I represent one of the largest East African populations in the United States, so we are very aware of the catastrophic results that can come from inadequate responses to global disasters. Many of our constituents have loved ones who still live in these areas, and are rightfully concerned. We share their concerns, which is why we held this panel, in addition to writing a letter to President Trump, requesting that he reconsider cuts to international aid funding. 

Inspiring Young Women to Succeed

Last year, my office launched the Young Women Leadership Program and due to its great success, we decided to host this program once again. The Young Women Leadership Program is designed to inspire high school girls to pursue their dreams and goals by introducing them to women leaders with various backgrounds, careers and achievements.

I am looking forward to hosting this three-series program, and if you are interested in signing up, I encourage you to do so here today. Deadline for all applications is May 15, 2017.

Veterans' Voices Nominations

Like the past two years, we once again have the privilege of nominating Minnesota veterans for the prestigious Veterans' Voices Awards. These awards honor veterans who have served and have made outstanding and lasting contributions to their communities.

Humanities Center is responsible for the Veterans' Voices Awards and works to highlight the unique and inspiring stories of veterans from the great state of Minnesota. All nominations must be submitted by May 19, 2017. To learn more about the Veterans' Voices Awards and how to nominate, click here.


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