Executive Session (Rodriguez Nomination)

Senator Smith: (12:08 p.m.)

  • Delivered her maiden speech to the Senate.
    • "Because I represent the great state of Minnesota, I thought I would do the right thing and start out by proper introducing myself. I came right out of business school with my husband, a beat up orange car and a ton of student loans. Most people who have never been to Minnesota remember us for our weather but we have a thriving business community with a number of fortune 500 companies and I got my start working for one of them, General Mills. The winters are every bit as cold as you heard but Archie and I fell in love with Minnesota anyway. Before long we put down roots. We had - we have two sons, Sam and mason. Instead of just building a career, suddenly we were building a life."