Education. Good Jobs. Transportation.

I’m very proud to serve our area as a state senator. I look forward to working with you to continue to bring a strong voice for District 19 to the Minnesota State Capitol.

– Senator Nick Frentz

About

My name is Nick Frentz, and I’m proud to serve as your Senator for District 19. Thanks for visiting our campaign website.

Members of my family first moved to Mankato over 150 years ago. My wife Jill and I started our own family together in North Mankato in 1989 and we feel fortunate that our four children were all born here and have been enrolled in the excellent local schools. We are proud to call Minnesota “home”.

For over 28 years, I’ve enjoyed working in Mankato and volunteering to help with area students, youth sports, charity boards, non-profits, special events and more. We are all blessed to have a community that works together on so many things that improve our quality of life.

Both our area and our state have been repeatedly recognized in the national media for being a top place to live and work. Minnesota sets a great example for this country and our district sets a great example for Minnesota. I am committed to see District 19 continue to grow and prosper.

During my years in the Senate I’ve fought for education, health care, transportation, public safety, agriculture, and more. I’m proud of my voting record and the work we’ve done together to help our area and it’s citizens.

Bio

Personal

Married to Jill Frentz 1989-present

Children: Vanessa (28), Andrew (26), Derek (23), Sean (20)

Cats: Chloe and Pronger

Residence: North Mankato, MN

Education

  • Macalester College, B.A. 1984
    – Dorm Council president, 1983-1984
    – Varsity Football, Basketball, Baseball
  • William Mitchell College of Law, 1987
    – Law Review, 1986-1987

Professional

  • Attorney, Machka, Riedy, Ries & Frentz
    – Partner, 2018-present
  • Attorney, Frentz & Frentz
    – Managing Partner, 2003-2017
  • Minnesota Association for Justice
    – Board of Governors, 1999-2010
    – Legislative Committee Chairperson, 2009-2010
    – “Member of the Year”, 2010
  • Minnesota State Bar Association “Award of Professional Excellence”
    – pro bono work on behalf of the I-35 bridge collapse victims, 2009
  • Listed as a MN “Super Lawyer”, 2013-present
  • Elected to American Board of Trial Advocates, 2013-present

Community

  • Mankato North Mankato Youth Football
    – coach, director 2004-present, President 2012-2014
  • Upper Midwest High School Hockey Elite League 
    Board of Directors, 2014-present
  • CTK Church
    -Council member 1997-1999
    – President, 1999-2000
    – Confirmation Coordinator 1991-1997
  • MAYBA baseball coach and volunteer
  • MAHA hockey coach and volunteer
  • YMCA Strong Kids Campaign Board 2015
  • CTK council
  • Volunteer speaker at area schools
  • High School Mock Trial competition judge
  • Various boards, committees and event planning

Campaign Committee

Supporters

  • Todd King
  • Steven Hasse
  • Kent Schwickert
  • Scott Bergs
  • Jim Pfau
  • Donald Friend
  • Joe Smentek
  • Daniel Bastian
  • Angela Bastian
  • Eric Steinmetz
  • Paul Baumgartner
  • Clark Johnson
  • Patrick McDermott
  • Kyle Meyers
  • Patrick Tanis
  • Christopher Person
  • Harbi Hassan
  • Lul Sabrie
  • Joseph Kunkel
  • Nick Hermer
  • Sara Rohrer Tuchschere
  • Kent Rossi
  • Randal LeNeave
  • Rochelle Major
  • Mary Beth Arnold
  • Randy Zellmer
  • Chad Surprenant
  • Brian Boettcher
  • Antonia Sigl
  • Linda Heine
  • Renee Rubish
  • Diane Frost
  • Mike Kennedy
  • Laurie Thro
  • Cherrie Inks
  • Robert E Haselow
  • Justine Haselow
  • Stevin Groth
  • Dennis Hood
  • Willie Rosten
  • Diane Norland
  • Laura Bowman
  • Kara Sullivan
  • Jeremy Heath
  • Kevin Staunton
  • Mike Steinhauser
  • Jill Frentz
  • Jeffery Leacox
  • Scott Pinkner
  • Jason Kohlmeyer
  • Rich Wilcox
  • Jeff Stowman
  • Terry Wade
  • Stuart Goldenberg
  • Paul Downes
  • Rob Roe
  • Steven Terry
  • Jason Johnson
  • Nathan Maus
  • Mark Streed
  • Ashleigh Raso
  • Lindsey Wheeler
  • Ross Martell
  • Rachel Simpson
  • Hana Mechem
  • Solomon Robinson
  • Alfredia Ginyard
  • Teresa McClain
  • Colleen Elizalde
  • Charles Slane
  • Karoline Valdivia
  • Keith Sjodin
  • Glenda Nunnery
  • Brandan Flaherty
  • Lindsey Carpenter
  • Jeneva Feuerstein
  • Robert Christensen
  • Kate Jaycox
  • Stacy Stennes
  • Rinholen Lien
  • Yvonne Flaherty
  • Susan Holden
  • Richard Ruchonen
  • Michael Bryant
  • Kathleen Flynn Peterson
  • William Harper
  • Stephen Miller
  • Vincent Cassella
  • Sonja Cassella
  • Dave Hermel
  • Jay Weir
  • Drew Campbell
  • Georgia Holmes
  • Chad Carlberg
  • Todd Snell
  • Jerry Maschka
  • TRIAL-PAC
  • Joel Carlson
  • Robert J Leighton
  • Emily Robinson
  • Ann Sutherland
  • Brand Frentz
  • Michael Radenbaugh
  • Curt Roeder
  • Tony Frentz
  • John Frentz
  • George Chronic
  • Tami Paulsen
  • Tom Baudler
  • Robin Brooksbank
  • Robert Hauer
  • John Carey
  • Vycki Frentz
  • Stephen Rufer
  • Richard Harden
  • William Sieben
  • James Schwebel
  • James Carey
  • Jeffrey Sieben
  • Elizabeth Beach Bryant
  • Phillip Sieff
  • Paul Peterson
  • Reed Mackenzie
  • Paul Phelps
  • James Fleming
  • Michael Scully
  • Katherine Flom
  • Anthony Rubin
  • Shannon Carey
  • T. Joseph Crumbley
  • Peter Schmit
  • Scott Suter
  • Chris Messerly
  • I thank Nick for offering his time and energy to represent the wonderful people of Senate District 19. Senator Kathy Sheran has established a remarkable record of public service for which we are all grateful. Nick’s announcement today assures the Mankato area that we can expect Kathy’s legacy to continue.

    - U.S. Congressman Tim Walz, Minnesota’s 1st District
  • Nick Frentz has been a strong advocate for the people of this community for almost 30 years. He is a friend and colleague, as well as a talented, smart and caring lawyer. District 19 would be very fortunate to have Nick serve as our State Senator.

    - Jerry Maschka, Senior Partner, Maschka, Reidy and Reis
  • Over the last 15 years Nick Frentz has donated hundreds of hours to our organization, as an administrator, coach and president. He always put the interest of the kids and their families first. If you look in the dictionary next to the definition of “dedicated”, you’ll see a picture of Nick.

    - Dennis Hood, Executive Director, MNMYF

2020 Capitol Report

  • Hwy 14 Passage (SF 3878)

    I was the Senate Chief Author of the Highway 14 funding bill that should pave the way for a federal loan to help us build four lanes from Nicollet to New Ulm. This is the end result of years of dedicated advocacy by many people, and it also was also truly bipartisan.

  • Farm Safety – “Landon’s Law” (SF 3007)

    After the death of St. Peter High School student Landon Gran in a grain bin accident, I chief authored legislation that provides funding for farmers looking to upgrade safety features of grain bins. We were glad to see it signed into law.

  • Border-to-Border Rural Broadband (SF 4494)

    I was proud to the co-author and a negotiator of the bill to secure $27 million toward rural internet access for Minnesotans who don’t have it. This bill provided money to help schools and students that lack high speed internet access. It also established a telemedicine equipment reimbursement program. The bill passed the Senate in special session and I hope the House and Governor will give final approval in the near future.

  • Elections Bill (HF 3429)

    We need safe and secure elections. This bill expanded dates for absentee voting and included funding to make sure we have enough mail-in ballot capacity, workers to handle the elections, and security to prevent any cyber hacking.

  • Police Reform (SF 37-2)

    We passed legislation in the second special session to address police reform. The bill includes a statewide ban on choke holds, neck restraints, and a prohibition on warrior-style training for officers.

  • COVID 19 Emergency Response

    We successfully passed legislation that appropriated over $500 million to help MN prepare for the pandemic. The funding includes:
    • $200 million to help support the state’s health care system
    • $9 million for food shelves
    • $32 million for housing support and homelessness
    • $30 million for child care providers. (Gov. Walz added $56.6 million)
    • $60.3 million for small business assistance

  • Agriculture

    In addition to the farm safety legislation, we appropriated $50 million to the Rural Finance Authority (RFA). RFA funding helps rural Minnesota with challenges including low commodity prices. These funds can also be used for a variety of financing resources for farmers including beginning farmer loans.

  • Our State Budget Challenges

    The legislature will have it’s hands full for the 2021-2022 biennium. State revenues have fallen because of the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on our business, local government, and individuals. Since the Minnesota Constitution requires a balanced budget (which is a good thing) there will be some very tough decisions to make. These budget challenges should not change our priorities as a state. More than ever, we need to focus on health care for the most vulnerable in our communities. We need a strong education system that fully supports teachers and students. Our area has grown tremendously in the last decade, and a strong catalyst has been our terrific area schools, welcoming approach, and quality of life.

  • Bonding

    Minnesota badly needs us to pass a robust bonding infrastructure bill. A $1.8 billion bill failed in the House this month. This failure was especially unfortunate because the bill included Section 179 tax relief for our farmers and businesses. Count on me to vote “yes” if this bill ever makes it to the Senate floor. Just like a family needs to invest in a home or like a business needs to invest in its building or equipment, Minnesota needs to invest in itself. Given our circumstances, interest rates are low, our state has an excellent credit rating, and we have put off some much needed projects in recent years. We should pass this now.

    This bonding bill included $7.2 million for Mankato water quality projects on the Minnesota River, $1.8 million for planned improvements for MSOP-Saint Peter Regional Treatment Center, and significant funding for local roads, water projects, and bridge improvements across Minnesota. A lot of these projects would be in Greater Minnesota and are badly needed.

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