Congressman Brad Finstad (MN-01) on Tuesday announced his appointment to the House Agriculture Committee and the House Armed Services Committee for the 118th Congress.

Two of the first pieces of legislation Finstad has introduced include naming the  Blue Earth Post Office after the late Congressman Jim Hagedorn, who died of kidney cancer in 2022. Hagedorn was born in Blue Earth and lived there during his time in Congress.

Finstad stated, “Jim was a true public servant, a common sense conservative with an unparalleled work ethic. Jim loved few things more than his Minnesota roots, and I am proud to honor him by preserving his legacy in the Blue Earth community.”

Finstad also re-introduced the American Workforce Empowerment Act, which he calls one of Hagedorn’s top legislative priorities during his time in office.  The bill would allow 529 savings accounts to be used for non-degree technical training certificate programs, apprenticeships, tools, and any tests that are required to obtain and maintain certifications.