Newly elected state Rep. Carly Melin made her Capitol debut Wednesday, just hours after she won election to succeed former DFL House Majority Leader Tony Sertich.
The DFLer from Hibbing won about 60 percent of the votes in Tuesday's special election. She said she expects to join her colleagues on the House floor next week.
Melin said she hopes to work on economic development. She said she hopes to help the proposed PolyMet mining operation going. Melin said she'd also work to support Gov. Mark Dayton's proposed $1 billion bonding bill.
"People want jobs," Melin said. "We have a 50 percent unemployment rate in the construction trades right now, and a lot of people in rural Minnesota, in northern Minnesota, a lot of people are in the construction trades and they want to get back to work."
Melin is the first woman to represent Minnesota's Iron Range since 1988. Melin is a Hibbing native and was a legislative intern for Sertich. He resigned after being appointed to head the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board last month.