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

2019 Capitol Report

Votes I Took On Budget Bills And Why

  • Tax Bill: Voted YES

    SF0005 – First of all, we owed it to Minnesota to get tax conformity after failing to do so last year. We also included a quarter percent tax cut for our middle class, the first individual tax rate cut in almost two decades. Also, we saw a school referendum equalization aid increase that will hopefully benefit our rural communities. On the negative side, I believed it was bad budgeting to take almost $500 million from our state’s reserves, and a loophole for large international corporations that store billions in overseas accounts was closed at the federal level, but not in our Minnesota bill.

  • Agriculture, Rural Development, and Housing: Voted YES

    SF1859 – I was happy to support the Agriculture Omnibus bill. Overall it was good for farmers and rural development.  It included my bill (SF0694) to provide funding for GreenSeam, which is based in Mankato and seeks to promote ag across Southern MN.  It also included $40 million for border-to-border broadband, which is so important to our rural communities. Also included was AGRI programs like Good Food Access and Farm to School legislation, which will decrease hunger among our most vulnerable students. This Housing portion of this bill saw modest investments in affordable housing, like providing additional money for the Housing Challenge Program, Family Homeless Prevention Grant, and Homework Starts at Home.

  • Health and Human Services Bill: Voted YES

    SF2452 – My yes vote was based in part on the $16.2 million staff funding for our workers at the St Peter Regional Treatment Center, which was badly needed. The Provider Tax, which helps 1.2 million Minnesotans get health care, in particular our lower-income families, was extended. The bill also improves access to health care for people with disabilities, and makes investments in the state’s mental health system. Another key measure in the HHS bill is a $100 monthly increase in the Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) – the first increase for the program since 1986. New fees established on opiate manufactures will benefit our communities sending a clear message that manufactures need to share in the responsibility of the products they make.

  • Legacy Bill: Voted YES

    SF0836 – I was happy to see funding for children’s museums statewide, which will directly benefit the Mankato based Children’s Museum of Southern MN. Also, the Forever Green Initiative (SF0134) was funded at $4.3 million; I was proud to be a co-author of this bill. Forever Green is crucial for creating a sustainable and healthy farming system in our state.

  • Education E-12: Voted YES

    SF0007 – Supporting education, including our students, staff, administration, and capital needs like remains a top priority.  This bill provided an additional $553 million over base funding to Minnesota’s schools, and I like the signal that send to our kids.  We want the best learning environment and this bill helps provide them that.

  • Senator Frentz Successes:

  • “Bailey’s Bill” (HF85)

    After 3 years of work on this legislation (named for a young girl in Nicollet who has adrenal insufficiency), we finally saw it pass and receive the Governor’s signature. This bill will allow EMT’s and paramedics to administer medication for someone with rare but life-threatening medical conditions.

  • Clean Energy First (SF2431)

    I was proud to chief-author the Governor’s Clean Energy First bill. This bill promotes renewable energy, seeks efficiency optimization, and will reduce carbon emissions.  It did not get a hearing in the Senate this session but remains a top priority for clean energy advocates statewide, Gov. Walz, and me.

  • North Mankato Food and Beverage Sales Tax (SF438)

    At the request of North Mankato city officials, Chief Authored legislation to approve the sales tax in North Mankato, which was included in the final tax bill. The sales tax increase will help fund projects in the community.

  • GreenSeam Funding (SF0694)

    This bill appropriated money for GreenSeam through Greater Mankato Growth and I was a proud Chief Author. GreenSeam promotes our goal of Southern Minnesota being a national center of agribusiness. Greater Mankato Growth was instrumental in this effort.

  • Minnesota Security Hospital

    In the Health and Human Services bill, $16 million was allocated in continuation funding for our current FTEs at the Minnesota Security Hospital in Saint Peter. In addition, this funding will support the new Community Preparation Services program and reintegration services.

  • Public Safety

    I worked extensively with fire fighters, local law enforcement, and the MN State Patrol to promote safety, and to help us recruit and retain the next generation of Minnesotans who protect us all.  My work on the Pension Commission was also important for these issues.

  • What didn’t pass this session:

  • Long-Term Transportation Funding

    Minnesota is at a critical point. Our state is currently rated at a D+ for roads and a C- for bridges, and if we continue to fund our infrastructure the way we are, they are bound to get worse. I still support a gas tax because it is constitutionally dedicated to fund our roads and bridges.

  • Bonding Bill:

    We have a few projects we’d like to see in the next bonding bill. Some of those projects include: The Phase II expansion (SF2123) at the MN Security Hospital in Saint Peter, renovations to Caswell Park (SF2619), and constructing improvements that reduce erosion and improve water quality along the Minnesota River in Mankato (SF1902). We are hopeful to pass a bonding bill in 2020.

  • Buffer Strip Tax Credit

    I have repeatedly advocated for tax relief for farmers who took land out of production to comply with our buffer strip law. Farmers did what we asked them to in the name of clean water, and it’s time that we stopped taxing that land as if it is still growing crops. I will continue to advocate for this issue.

  • Alec Smith Insulin Act (SF472)

    The program established would provide insulin for those facing a medical emergency. The costs of insulin have skyrocketed, becoming deadly to some diabetics who can’t afford this. This should not be a partisan issue.

  • Paid Family and Medical Leave (SF1060)

    As a co-author of the Paid Family and Medical leave bill, I believe this legislation is important for our working families across the state, regardless of income or geographic location. Our workforce is best served when fully-supported, at home and work. The bill did not receive a hearing this year in the Minnesota Senate and will continue to push for it in 2020.

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