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Shakopee GOP lawmaker doxxes DFL colleague in Facebook post, could face ethics complaint

By: - March 1, 2021 11:17 am

State Rep. Erik Mortensen, R-Shakopee

A Shakopee GOP lawmaker on Sunday night posted the personal cell phone number of a DFL colleague, encouraging his followers to call her to “make (their) voice heard” on a bill he is sponsoring. 

Freshman state Rep. Erik Mortensen, R-Shakopee, has drawn attention for controversial actions and statements in the few weeks he has been in office, joking about getting a complaint filed against him with the Minnesota House human resources department.  

Now, he could face an ethics complaint. 

State. Rep. Jamie Becker-Finn, chair of the House Judiciary Finance and Civil Law committee, was the subject of the Facebook post Mortensen published. 

“I got doxxed by a colleague,” she said, saying this was the first time a fellow legislator had published her personal details online. 

Becker-Finn said she texted Mortensen 30 minutes after the post was published and asked him to take it down or change the number to her official legislative number. The House sergeant-at-arms, she said, also called him but got no response. 

The post had been taken down Monday morning.

She received several phone calls, including one voicemail message, to her cell phone number. “My cell phone number is out there very publicly to a group of people who have been pretty aggressive in their advocacy in the past,” she said. “Now I’m faced with trying to figure out if I need to change my phone number.”

She added: “I’m definitely looking into an ethics complaint.” 

A voicemail and text message sent to Mortensen were not immediately returned Monday. 

Mortensen is sponsoring a bill that would change family law over custody arrangements, a topic that has dominated legislative debates across the country

In his now-deleted Facebook post, he claimed Becker-Finn was “refusing” to give his bill a hearing. 

She said it’s common for many bills to go unheard because of the sheer volume of legislation introduced at the Capitol and limited committee hearing time.

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Ricardo Lopez
Ricardo Lopez

Ricardo Lopez was a senior political reporter for the Reformer. Ricardo is not new to Minnesota politics, previously reporting on the Dayton administration and statehouse for The Star Tribune from 2014 to 2017, and the Republican National Convention in 2016. Previously, he was a staff writer at The Los Angeles Times covering the California economy. He's a Las Vegas native who has adopted Minnesota as his home state. In his spare time, he likes to run, cook and volunteer with Save-a-Bull, a Minneapolis dog rescue group.

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