Niska, Harry

Meet the Candidate

Running For:
MN House of Representatives
District:
31A
Political Affiliation:
Republican
Phone:
(612) 799-7458
Age:
41
Occupation:
Attorney
Education:
B.A., Concordia College (Moorhead); J.D., University of Minnesota
Biographical Info:
Harry has called District 31A home for over 35 years. He grew up in western Andover and graduated from Anoka High School, Concordia College, and the University of Minnesota Law School. Harry and his wife Jen have been married for 15 years. They live in Ramsey with their three children, who attend Legacy Christian Academy in Andover. In his professional life, Harry is an accomplished courtroom advocate, and a trusted business advisor and legal strategist. He has served as a law clerk to two different judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, and has argued cases in courtrooms across the country. He has also worked to advance conservative values in the public square, the political arena, and the courtroom. Both Harry and Jen have dedicated countless hours to serving their community in Ramsey and Andover. Harry currently serves on the elder board of his church, the ARAA baseball board, and coaches youth basketball and baseball. He has served on the Ramsey Charter Commission. Jen serves on the ARAA board, and the school board at Legacy Christian Academy.
Statement:
I’ve lived almost my whole life in western Anoka County, my home. Over and over, I’ve heard from my friends and neighbors that they expect a state government that keeps Minnesota free and safe, so Minnesota can prosper through the work of their families, businesses, and community groups. Unfortunately, under the leadership of Tim Walz and his DFL allies, Minnesota has become less free. Instead of free speech and persuasion, too many leaders have resorted to government mandates and cancel culture. We have had too much government interference in our businesses, our schools, and our community groups, including in our churches. As a parent, a leader in my church, a business attorney, and a youth sports coach, I have seen first hand how difficult it is to deal with the constantly changing legal requirements imposed unilaterally by Governor Walz. And Minnesota has become less safe. Violent crime that especially harms the most vulnerable. Riots that burned down struggling neighborhoods. And a continuing lack of legal protection for the most vulnerable lives: the unborn. Since the new legislative maps were released, I have sensed a strong calling to step up and represent the place I’ve spent most of my life. House District 31A includes my childhood home in western Andover. It includes the vegetable farm where I had my first job bunching radishes for several summers. And the district encompasses the city of Ramsey, where Jen and I chose to raise our kids when I returned to Anoka County in 2009. We have met many of you through our service in this community, through church, school, and youth sports. Now we believe it is time for me to serve this community in another way, to be our voice down in St. Paul. So I am seeking the support of my friends and neighbors in Minnesota House District 31A. I hope to earn your support.

Survey

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  • NNo
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Question Response Comments/Notes
1. Should abortions be banned after fetal heartbeat is detected (around 6 weeks gestation)? Y
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
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? Y
9. Do you support a parent’s fundamental right to direct the upbringing of their children, including their education and health care? Y