Meet the Candidate
Running For:MN House of Representatives
Education:BS-Teaching; MS - Curriculum and Instruction: Literacy Emphasis; Ed.D. - Educational Leadership
Biographical Info:As a Minnesota native, Patricia grew up in Oakdale, MN attending local public schools. After graduating from Tartan High School, Patricia pursued an English education degree from Winona State University. Right after college, Patricia married Dan Mueller, from Blooming Prairie, MN. For 18 years, she taught a variety of grades in schools across Minnesota including Roseville, Blooming Prairie, Owatonna, and Austin. Outside of the state, Patricia taught English in China for three years and also worked in Indianapolis for five years. In 2018, Patricia completed her Masters in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Literacy from Minnesota State University, Moorhead. And in 2022, she earned in Doctorate in Education in Educational Leadership. In 2020, Patricia was elected to serve in the Minnesota House of Representatives where she serves on two education committees and the public safety committee. When she is not at the capitol, she attends local school board meetings, city council meetings, local restaurants and other community events. When she is not working, Patricia enjoys spending time with her husband and Australian Shepherd. Her hobbies include singing, reading, traveling, and volunteering in her community.
Statement:In 2020, I ran for office to show my students that ordinary citizens who care can change their community. As a teacher for almost 20 years, I continuously told my students that ideas mattered and that their voice mattered if they wanted to see change. I had to show them that I believed it. I ran for this seat because our district is beautifully unique. We have legacy farmers, factory workers, and new Americans who have chosen this area to start a better life. We are not the metro. We need a representative that will provide unique representation for our area by advocating for more choice and fewer burdensome taxes and mandates that often impact rural Minnesota the most. It is important to protect our individual liberties and promote fiscal responsibility through government transparency and accountability. I stood up for these values during my first term; the work is not done.
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|1. Should abortions be banned after fetal heartbeat is detected (around 6 weeks gestation)?||?||Note: I am pro-life and believe that life begins at conception. At that point, I believe that life should be protected. However, as a person who was unable to have children and was classified as high risk for an unsafe pregnancy, I understand how vital it is to protect the life of the mother as well. This is why I have been staunchly against abortion with the exception of physically saving the life of the mother.|
|2. Do you oppose all taxpayer funding of abortion?||Y|
|3. Do you oppose physician assisted suicide, also referred to as aid in dying?||Y|
|4. Do you oppose public school policies that promote transgender ideology, such as comprehensive sex education?||Y|
|5. Do you support legislation that preserves girls’ and women’s athletics for biological females?||Y*||I believe it is important to remember the function of the Minnesota State High School League (MSHL): to provide a fair and safe competition for our young athletes. This is why there are many different levels of competition for each sport: varsity, JV, C-Squad, adaptive, and different weight classes. We would never expect a seventh-grade student to compete against a senior in any sport because of the immense size, weight, and skill difference. We recognize the importance of putting athletes of comparative skills together so each individual or team has a fair chance and there is the least likelihood of injury. Title IX was created to empower women and provide a level playing field for female athletes. After the passage of Title IX, the world witnessed incredible achievements by women and a huge increase in popularity and participation in womens sports. This should be celebrated, honored, and protected. With this background knowledge in mind, I believe an athlete's biological gender, skill level, and work ethic should determine which sports team he or she participates in. Several female athletes have spoken out in opposition to competing against biological males. Coaches of female sports have shared with me their frustrations because they know the work these athletes have invested in and know that womens and mens bodies are different. This is not about excluding individuals; it is about protecting an athletes ability to have their hard work honored and to have a fair and safe competition.|
|6. Do you support school choice legislation, such as tuition tax credits, that would enable parents to choose the school that best suits their child’s needs?||Y|
|7. Should people have their religious freedom protected if they refuse to participate in a same-sex wedding?||Y|
|8. Do you oppose efforts to ban voluntary biblical counseling in the areas of gender and sexuality?||?|
|9. Do you support a parent’s fundamental right to direct the upbringing of their children, including their education and health care?||Y|