Keith Langseth

Keith Langseth


Recipient:  Former Senator Keith Langseth

When:  December 19, 2013

Degree: Doctor of Laws, Honoris Causa

Rationale:  "To honor Senator Langseth for his 36 years of outstanding service to the state of Minnesota as member of the Minnesota Legislature.  His lasting impact on public policy spanned a range of issues, including agriculture and natural resources, transportation, education, tax policy, bonding, and small business.”

Senator Langseth’s efforts as a member of the Senate Capital Investment Committee, including 10 years as committee chair, contributed to the success of all higher education institutions and improved higher education opportunities and access across the state. Over the past decade of his career alone, his efforts resulted in capital investments of over $2 billion for higher education institutions throughout Minnesota, including projects critically important to the communities he represented. These projects include renovations to MSUM’s Hagen Hall, MacLean Hall, Lommen Hall, and Livingston Lord Library, and well as additions to Minnesota State Community and Technical College’s Mechanical Trades program, library, and classrooms.

Further, Senator Langseth is responsible for the “Border City” legislation, which gave property tax breaks to local business and apartment owners to help them compete with neighboring states that have lower tax rates. He was the chief author of numerous bills directly benefitting Moorhead and the surrounding communities, including legislation to improve flood control, increase investment in transportation and infrastructure, and provide funding to ensure access to quality education.”

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