MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Freshman Minnesota Rep. John Kriesel announced Thursday morning he does not plan to seek re-election. Kriesel made the announcement on KFAN Radio.

The 30-year-old republican representative was elected in 2010 and represents district 57A.

Before his political career, Kriesel served as a soldier in Iraq. He lost both his legs on Dec. 2, 2006 after his Humvee drove over an IED near Fallujah, Iraq. Two of his friends were killed in the attack. Kriesel — a husband and father of two boys — has written a book about his experience called “Still Standing.”

Kriesel received a Purple Heart from former President George W. Bush in 2006.

During his political career, political commentators noted he has sometimes strayed from the party line on issues like gay marriage. He said he believes gay marriage should be legal and he says the reason is simple: it took one second for him to realize that life is too short, and the greatest tragedy of all would be to spend it unhappy.

Kriesel also co-sponsored the bill to publicly finance a new Vikings stadium.

Comments (49)
  1. Dennis From Elk River says:

    Perhaps you could explain what it is that you have done for your country that would put you in a position that you could challange his loyalty to his country?
    Disagreeing with ones political position is another thing. Being an american gives you the right to do exactly that.
    And by the way it is also individuals like Kriesel who fought and sacrificed so people like you have the right to speak out. Please keep that in mind before you so openly challange an individuals loyalty toward his country!

    1. Kriesel Supporter says:

      Thanks for pointing that out to the cowards above. They are too narrow minded to realize his true commitments and sacrifices. .

    2. Kriesel Supporter says:

      You truly are an idiot.

    3. CMC says:

      Look in the mirror if you wish to see a stooge. And you seem to have forgotten the remainder of that passage of the constitution: “…one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for ALL.” And then there is article VI, which includes this line: “The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.”

      1. Kriesel Supporter says:

        I will take fair treatment of all individuals over something like the constitution that was wrote how many years ago. Don’t get me wrong, I’m thankful for everything we have…but I will never understand how people can deny gay rights and continuously bash them in the public eye. Plain and simple, its stupid.

        I will let you have the last say, as this banter is pointless.

        1. CMC says:

          I was responding to Dale, not you.

      2. Nancy says:

        Fabulous!! Thank you

      3. Brandon says:

        You realize Dale Gribble is a character from King of the Hill and this guy is trolling, right?

    4. Dale Gribble's "Best" Friend says:

      Dale, you come on here and troll articles for a living don’t you haha. I just want you to know, that as a Christian and from someone who comes from a deeply religiously involved family, you are the type of person who makes us God-Loving folk look ridiculous..your hatred and maliciousness is what makes people turn from God…not towards him. My only hope is that you find TRUE faith someday in the future. As for Rep. Kriesel, good for him to take a stand for what is right…getting your legs blown off in service to your country certainly gives you the right to have opinion. “Dale Gribble” terrible moniker by the way…you are a disgrace to this country, to this posting, and to your religion. Go find a job and get a life. God BLESS YOU Rep. Kriesel!!!

      1. Dale Gribble says:

        The sort of response we’d expect from an apostate. Your failure to embrace the true Word Of God will bring you an eternity of torment. Repent your sins and turn away from the lies of the evil one.

        1. CMC says:

          HA HA! Wow, you are hilarious.

        2. desert eagle .50 says:

          My Dad had apostate surgery. He was prostate flat on his back for a week. He asked that Jackactionqu**ro NOT visit him. He was being specific.

    5. Tired of Treading Water says:

      …and you are a nazi.

    6. cvw says:

      There is ultimately one JUDGE and that is Jesus! You are here to do his work NOT his job!!!!!!!!

  2. Cindy says:

    Who said anything about his military service?

    He was trusted by his constituents to vote according to their values and he betrayed their trust. He knows that he will never be elected again and is choosing to bow out which is a good decision.

    Like all RINO’s should – let him lead the way

    1. Rory says:

      Purging the republican party of everyone who doesn’t pass all the litmus tests is a surefire way to guarantee a permanent democratic majority.

      There’s a name for government without compromise: it’s called fascism.

      1. David J. Conklin says:

        It was said that when fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying the Cross.

    2. Death says:

      U & Dale need to get a life outside the bubble lol

      1. David J. Conklin says:

        They are bubble babies!

    3. Raoul Duc says:

      Can you tell us some of the legislation he has voted on that betrays his constituents?

  3. bubba says:

    GOOD !!! WHAT A D-BAG !!!!

  4. Kevin says:

    Gayle Dribble, enough said.

  5. Tommy Solo says:

    Dale you took the words right outta my mouth!!!

    1. Dale Gribble says:

      God Bless you for supporting White Christian America and the values of our Founding Fathers!!!

      1. CMC says:

        HA HA! Yes, you are a joke.

  6. G Dog says:

    When is the GOP going to finally recognize that they are so far to the right that they need to use the term NINO, not Rino.

  7. Tommy Solo says:

    Kriesel is a fraud of a “republican” and a dirtbag!! Republicans are supposed to support personal responsibility AND corporate responsibility. How is a public bailout for a gazillionare and his football team a responsible position!??? RINO!!! Maybe Kriesel and Koch should get together next- A RINO and a HIPPO the perfect pair!!! LOL!!

    1. Dale Gribble's "Best" Friend says:

      You’ve made it!!! You can now name TWO animals…proud of you…. 😉

    2. Kevin says:

      Solo must mean that you always do it alone. Haha!

  8. Robert says:

    No one is stopping gays from pretending to be married if they want to.

    What gays want is the government to recognize their pretend marriages so they can get spousal benefits.

    It is all about money. They want your money.

    1. Rory says:

      So why should gay taxpayers be forced to subsidize your marriage?

  9. Gordon says:

    Loyalty to party over representing the people. In what situations have we seen that before? Since I have little faith in some people to know the answer, totalitarian states and the Republican party

  10. Dale Gribble says:

    I have had a change of heart. I no longer am filled with rage and hate. Please forgive all of my past reprehensable behavior.

    1. David J. Conklin says:

      They always do that after the damage has been done.

  11. Tired of Treading Water says:

    God bless the man who does not heel like a good dog by the side of his political party at the expense of his soul. More like him on each side of the aisle would result in the end of many of the stalemates which keep us from moving forward. This is a man who dares to use the gray crayolas in his box because he sees the shade, not just the black and white. We are losing a good one.

  12. Best Wishes, Rep. Kriesel says:

    Rep. Kriesel is a guy who has the guts to vote with his heart, not along party lines. Too bad he’s leaving. We need a lot more politicians like him.

  13. Tommy Solo says:

    I see the leftist facist CBS folks are on here censoring all the political speech that they disagree with. So much for tolerance from the left!

    1. Frankie says:

      This is more a troll board dominated by right wing posters than left

  14. Brett says:

    I honestly salute John’s service to this country, but I’m glad to see him leave the legislature. He was NOT a good fit. Some think that he as a “good” moderate, who could resolve many of the longstanding problems that this state faces, but in the end, he was primarily part of the PROBLEM, not part of the SOLUTION.

    1. David J. Conklin says:

      :”… but in the end, he was primarily part of the PROBLEM, not part of the SOLUTION.”

      Where’s the proof?

    2. Old nurse says:

      Opinions are like butts. Everyone has one. The sad thing iss your opinions sound like they came from your butt.

      1. David J. Conklin says:

        Here, here!

    3. David J. Conklin says:

      Still waiting for the proof. Perhaps there wasn’t any to begin with?

      1. Old Nurse says:

        That is the nature ofBrett. Replay if he can be snarky, hide if he cannot

  15. Kriesel will be missed says:

    Kriesel is a champion. He is also the face of the Republican party waiting in the wings, i.e. the young people who are positioning themselves to create a fiscally conservative and socially libertarian party. He is honest, and true blue.

    2012 seems to be an election season where the socially controlling Neo-Cons gasp for breath as they begin to drown in their intolerance. For the moment, the rest of suffer watching the Party go Code Blue like a Dying Swan.

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