"While we still face many challenges as a state, I’m proud of what we accomplished together: working with Governor Dayton to bring Minnesota’s unemployment rate down to one of the lowest in America, making our tax system fairer for the middle class, helping close the economic gaps between white people and people of color, and solving the budget deficit we inherited. No wonder we were just named the 'Best Run State in America'. A lot done. So much more to do.
And now I have the privilege to serve as your Senator. While I never anticipated or planned for this, my life has prepared me well for it. I’ve never been one to shrink from a challenge or opportunity to live what I’ve learned from my parents, my family, and the people of Minnesota: work hard, be humble, treat people with respect, and do what you can to help improve people’s lives. Those are the values that have guided me in my life and now guide me in my work as your Senator. I look forward to meeting many of you in the months ahead, earning your trust, and serving you as best I can."