The Minnesota Trade Policy Advisory Council advises and assists the governor and legislature on issues related to United States trade agreements and assesses the potential impact of federal trade agreements on the state's economy.
The Trade Policy Advisory Council has 15 members. They include:
The commissioner of employment and economic development or designee
The commissioner of agriculture or designee
The commissioner of administration or designee
Two state senators, including one appointed by the Subcommittee on Committees of the Committee on Rules and Administration, and one appoint by the minority leader
Two members of the house of representatives, including one member appointed by the speaker of the house and one member appointed by the minority leader
Eight members appointed by the governor. The governor's appointees shall represent specified interests, including organized labor, environmental interests, family farmers, business and industry, and international trade and development.
The council may invite representatives of other state agencies, industries, trade and labor organizations, nongovernmental organizations, and local governments to join the council and non-voting members.
Members serve two-year terms and may be reappointed. The chair is selected from the legislative members of the council. The council must meet at least once each fiscal year. Public members of the council serve without compensation or payment of expenses. See authorizing statute.
Commissioner Shawntera Hardy, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (Designee: Executive Director, Minnesota Trade Office)
Commissioner Matt Massman, Minnesota Department of Administration
Commissioner Dave Frederickson, Minnesota Department of Agriculture
Sen. John Hoffman, Minnesota Senate
Sen. Jeremy Miller, Minnesota Senate
Rep. Jason Metsa, Minnesota House of Representatives
Rep. Rod Hamilton, Minnesota House of Representatives
Erik Brand, publisher and director of corporate programs, Inter-American Dialogue
Thomas Haag, board member, Minnesota Corn Growers Association
Sandra Renner, president, Global Resource Associates Inc.
Janiece Watts, project and administrative assistant, Environmental Initiative.
Steve Mertens, senior vice president of operations, Holaira
Doug Peterson, president, Minnesota Farmers Union
Edward Reynoso, political director, International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Joint Council 32