Will be a ‘champion’ for labor
Adapted from the Minneapolis Labor Review, October 22, 2022
By Steve Share, Minneapolis Labor Review editor
BLAINE — “I grew up in a union household. I understand unions bring about higher wages, better benefits and safer working conditions,” says Matt Norris.
Norris is running for the new House District 32B seat in Blaine and Lexington with the endorsement of the Minnesota AFL-CIO. He also is DFL-endorsed.
Both of Norris’s parents worked for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, where they were members of the Minnesota Association of Professional Employees.
From his parents, Norris says, he learned not just union values, but also “that idea of getting involved and giving back to the community was something instilled in me at an early age.”
Norris grew up in the northern suburbs, graduating from the University of Minnesota with a degree in business and next earning his law degree there in 2014.
He currently works as policy director for a statewide nonprofit.
If elected, Norris will not be a newcomer to the State Capitol where, “as a private citizen, I’ve been able to pass three bills,” he relates. “What I focus on is the ability to deliver results in a bi-partisan fashion.”
In 2021, he advocated alongside working high school youth and seniors to pass a state law allowing them to collect unemployment benefits in the wake of COVID-19 shutdowns.
Running against Norris in the House District 32B race is Republican Dan Raleigh, who first was elected to the House two years ago to represent the old House District 38A. In 2021, Raleigh earned a voting score of zero from the Minnesota AFL-CIO on working family issues.
By contrast, Norris says, “I look forward to being a champion not just for labor, but for workers across the board at the State Capitol.”