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Melissa Hortman

The Minnesota Milk Producers Association Board of Director named Speaker of the House Melissa Hortman, Brooklyn Park, as its 2019 Legislator of the Year. The presentation will take place during the organization’s annual Dairy Conference and Expo Dec. 3, 2019 at Treasure Island Resort and Casino.

Speaker of the House Melissa Hortman was an integral part in securing the 2019 Agriculture, Rural Development, and Housing budget that included investing $8 million for the Dairy Assistance Investment, and Relief Initiative, as well as, funding for mental health programming and high-speed broadband internet service in Minnesota’s rural communities. Hortman first took office in 2004, serving as Minority Leader beginning in 2017 and Speaker in 2019. She previously served as chair of the Energy Policy Committee.

Speaker Hortman lives in Brooklyn Park with her husband, Mark, and their two children.


Minnesota Milk Producers Association is a membership organization representing grassroots dairy farmers through policy work, education and membership development. Our work is vital to the future of Minnesota’s dairy industry and is directed by a board of dairy farmers elected by their peers. For more information, visit