Andrew Lang, a Minnesota Army National Guard officer and pilot announced today he is running for the Minnesota State Senate in District 17. The district includes Renville, Kandiyohi, Chippewa, and Swift Counties and is currently represented by Sen. Lyle Koenen. Lang lives in Olivia with his wife and two children and is the Parks Supervisor for Renville County. He will be seeking the endorsement of the Republican Party.

Andrew Lang, a Minnesota Army National Guard officer and pilot announced today he is running for the Minnesota State Senate in District 17. The district includes Renville, Kandiyohi, Chippewa, and Swift Counties and is currently represented by Sen. Lyle Koenen. Lang lives in Olivia with his wife and two children and is the Parks Supervisor for Renville County. He will be seeking the endorsement of the Republican Party.  

“As a lifelong resident of Senate District 17, I’ve noticed a vast disconnect between the decisions made in St. Paul and the impact those decisions have on our everyday lives here in Western Minnesota,” said Lang. “Mr. Koenen has been in the legislature for years, and I believe he is no longer accurately representing the values of our district and has lost touch with the people of these four heartland counties. Several recent votes in the senate have had an immediate and detrimental effect on area residents and farmers. I look at these unpopular stances and the continued effort to expand government in disbelief at the willingness to go against the will of constituents. I believe a senator serves the people and not a political party. Simply put, it’s time for fresh leadership and a new approach, and I can offer that.  I look forward to traveling throughout the district talking with farmers about water issues, parents and teachers about education and small business owners about taxes and regulation.”

Lang grew up in Kandiyohi and graduated from Willmar High School in 1997. He attended Ridgewater Community College and received a Bachelor’s degree from St. Cloud State University in Aviation Science and Management. In 2002 he enlisted in the Minnesota Army National Guard and was commissioned as an officer in 2003. Lang is currently a Major and serves as a logistical officer for the 34th Combat Aviation Brigade.

Major Lang has been deployed overseas on two occasions. From April 2007 to August 2008, he was stationed in Balad, Iraq with the 2-147th Assault Helicopter Battalion in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom serving as a helicopter pilot, platoon leader, and battle captain. In June of 2014 he was deployed with the 34 Combat Aviation Brigade in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and later Operation Inherent Resolve.

“The call to serve is never simple or easy, it requires the utmost dedication and at times sacrifice. God, family, country. I have served my country in the Military, my county as Parks Supervisor, and most importantly for my family as a husband and father,” added Lang. “I will serve the families and citizens of Renville, Kandiyohi, Chippewa and Swift counties in the Minnesota Senate with the same intent and dedication.”

When he’s not on weekend Guard duty, Lang enjoys watching his sons play hockey, spending time outdoors and is involved in activities at the VFW Post 4097, American Legion Post 186, and the Sons of the American Legion. The Langs are members of Cross of Calvary Church in Olivia.