Dear Neighbors,
My name is Barb Yarusso. I represent District 42A in the Minnesota House of Representatives. [If you would like to see the boundaries of the district, or aren't sure if you're in it, click here.]

We need legislators who put the people of Minnesota ahead of politics. The problems we face, like the economic downturn and unemployment, aren't solved by sound bites and simplistic slogans. We need to find practical solutions to complex challenges by focusing on outcomes and working together.

Every decision to spend money or use resources is also a decision not to use them for other priorities. It is crucial to have a diversity of backgrounds and experiences at the Capitol to help prioritize and problem solve the challenges we face.

At the Capitol, I am putting my experience working in industry as an engineer, teaching in universities and high school, and as a volunteer in community organizations, to work in my committees and on the floor of the House. As your Minnesota State Representative, I listen to you, and stand up—and do what's right—for our community and state. Together we can make Minnesota a great place to live, work, and raise our families.