BISMARCKâ€”A Mayville lawmaker resigned Wednesday after 20 years in the state Senate.
Democrat Elroy Lindaas said he wanted to continue to serve, but his wifeâ€™s health concerns made it too difficult to continue.
â€œIt hasnâ€™t been possible for me to even attend some of the last committee meetings in Bismarck,â€ he said. â€œI thought maybe I could make suitable arrangements â€¦ I could finish out my term. Nothing satisfactory could be worked out.â€
Lindaas said he sent a certified letter to Rep. Al Carlson, R-Fargo, to announce his resignation. From there, his district will need to call a meeting and select a successor.
Lindaas became a state senator in 1990 after a special election. He said heâ€™s pushed to put money toward K-12 and higher education throughout his years of service.
â€œI think thatâ€™s the best investment we can make,â€ he said. â€œItâ€™s nice to have money in the bank, but at the same time, it gives us a better return when weâ€™re investing it in something long term like education.â€
Lindaas said heâ€™s worked to address issues related to long-term care and the stateâ€™s aging population. He was also a strong advocate of clamping down on alcohol abuse in the state and has tried unsuccessfully to pass legislation with tougher penalties for those delivering alcohol to minors.
â€œThereâ€™s a lot of things that go unanswered that I would have liked to continue on, and hopefully somebody will pick up some of these ideas and theyâ€™ll gain some momentum and weâ€™ll be successful in the end,â€ Lindaas said.
Lindaas said heâ€™s grateful for his time served with his fellow lawmakers, particularly those from his district.
â€œIâ€™ve been honored and been in a position that many people have tried to attain, and that is the Senate,â€ he said. â€œThatâ€™s been quite a privilege and honor for me.â€
Sen. Tim Mathern, D-Fargo, said Lindaas is level headed and will be missed.
â€œElroy has been a very strong supporter of small colleges,â€ Mathern said. â€œHe has been a very hard worker.â€
Senate Minority Leader Ryan Taylor of Towner said Lindaas is â€œone of the most principled legislators Iâ€™ve had the pleasure of knowing.â€
â€œHe served his district and North Dakota with integrity and compassion for the people and families he represented,â€ Taylor said.