Won LIUNA award for energy bill
Adapted from the Minneapolis Labor Review, October 22, 2022
By Steve Share, Minneapolis Labor Review editor
COON RAPIDS— Zack Stephenson’s Facebook page shows him holding up the worn-out sole of his shoes. He says: “Doorknocking this summer and fall has taken its toll on my shoes!”
First elected to the Minnesota House in 2018 for the District 36A seat, Stephenson is running for re-election for the new District 35A seat to represent Anoka and Coon Rapids. He has the endorsement of the Minnesota AFL-CIO and DFL Party.
For his leadership on passing clean energy legislation in 2021, Stephenson recently received the “2022 LIUNA Leadership Award” from the Laborers District Council of Minnesota and North Dakota. “Our bill will help Minnesotans get more affordable, reliable and clean energy,” Stephenson says. “It will also help make sure that the next generation of energy infrastructure is built by good paying, union Minnesota jobs! This bill was a big win and I was thrilled to see it pass!”
In two terms in the Minnesota House, Stephenson has earned a 100 percent voting record on working family issues from the Minnesota AFL-CIO.
Stephenson’s record contrasts sharply with the record of his opponent, Republican John Heinrich. Like Stephenson, Heinrich was elected to the House in 2018. However, Heinrich’s lifetime AFL-CIO score is only 4 percent.
Heinrich’s votes on working families issues in the 2021 session resulted in a zero percent AFL-CIO voting record — out of 14 votes tracked.
During the recent nurses strike, Stephenson joined the nurses’ picket line at Mercy hospital — where both of his daughters were born.
Stephenson grew up in Coon Rapids, graduating from Coon Rapids High School and Knox College in Illinois. He earned a law degree from the University of Chicago. An AFSCME member, Stephenson is an assistant Hennepin County attorney prosecuting criminal cases when the legislature is not in session.