Martin John "Marty" Seifert is a former member of the Minnesota House of Representatives.
He represented District 21A in southwestern Minnesota that includes portions of Lyon, Redwood
and Yellow Medicine counties, and the cities of Marshall and Redwood Falls.
Seifert was first elected in 1996, Seifert serving as House Majority Whip from 1999-2006. When
the Republicans lost control of the House after the 2006 election, he took over leadership of the
party in the House from former Speaker Steve Sviggum.
Seifert served on the House Rules and Legislative Administration Committee and was an ex
officio member of the House Finance Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee.
On June 3, 2009, Seifert announced that he was stepping down from his position as minority
leader to run for governor of Minnesota. On October 15, 2009, he also announced that he would
not seek re-election to the House, but would concentrate his efforts on the 2010 governor's race.
Seifert attended college at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall. During his time
there, he brought the College Republicans back to the school, and later became the student body
president. Upon graduation in 1995, he received a degree in Political Science. He is a member of
the Southwest State University Alumni Association, and a former member of the Minnesota State
Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees.
Seifert is married to Traci (DeSutter) and has two children. He is a former government and
history teacher at Marshall Senior High School, and admissions counselor at Southwest Minnesota
Seifert worked in real estate, owning Seifert Properties and is the former executive director of
the Avera Marshall Foundation.
In 2014, Seifert began working in government relations for the firm of Flaherty& Hood, P.A. in St.
Paul. While keeping his residency in Marshall, he commutes during legislative session advocating
chiefly for rural cities, persons with mild disabilities and aggregate truck haulers. He continues to
own and operate Seifert Properties, LLC and is a member on the Board of Directors for three
Seifert launched his book "Sundown at Sunrise" in December 2016. A work of historical fiction,
the book is based on the true story of a grisly ax murder that occurred in rural Minnesota in 1917.
Seifert's book hit the Amazon Top 10 of "Hottest New Releases" in its first week, skyrocketing to #2
in the True Crime, Murder & Mayhem Category.
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