Minneapolis Hosts National Conference of State Legislatures

This week, Minneapolis has had the honor of hosting the National Council of State Legislatures’ Legislative Summit. The summit brought together legislators and legislative staffers from all 50 states and over 150 countries. It has been enlightening to exchange ideas about effective government with a geographically diverse group of lawmakers in a nonpartisan setting.

Paul began the week on Monday by going through Fire Ops 101, put on by the International Association of Firefighters. He donned full firefighting gear and learned how to put out fires in a controlled setting. He also participated in the International Program roundtable and heard from legislators from around the world. Elementary education was a big topic of discussion, as Paul heard from legislators from South Africa and India about the state of education in their communities.

On Tuesday, Paul officially kicked off the summit by welcoming the attendees and introducing Congressman Martin Sabo, former Minnesota House Speaker and one of the founders of NCSL. It was great to be able to honor such an effective leader from Minnesota’s past. Honoring Sabo, Paul said, “I think Martin was undoubtedly the greatest speaker Minnesota has ever had.”

It has also been a treat for Paul to highlight Minneapolis and show visitors around to some of the wonderful sights, activities, and events possible in our great state. He hosted events at Mill City Museum, Nicollet Island, and various establishments around Minneapolis. Attendees also had the option to tour the Mall of America and the Minnesota State Fair. It was fun to see people from around the world enjoying the attractions of the Minneapolis-St. Paul area!

Overall, NCSL was a great success. Attendees had the opportunity to discuss what works in their state and learn about how different state legislatures operate. They also got to relax and enjoy Minneapolis! This contributed to a fun, engaging, and positive week.