Kenneth Bush was raised in Rochester, Minnesota and has four generations of Family here including extended family throughout the state and many in-laws in the surrounding rural southeastern minnesota communities for over 100 years. A lifelong history of meeting great people, friends and extended families have formed his upbringing as a true Minnesotan. Growing up in town has given him strong community roots starting from childhood, learning about and sharing people's differences and growing together to embrace all walks of life as an individual at an early age. He was raised having fun as a kid in the outdoors, playing trumpet in the Kellogg Jr. High School band, youth basketball, football and traveling soccer, he believes every child deserves an opportunity at a good upbringing. Kenneth attended John Marshall High School where he played varsity football and was elected to the student government and later opted to attend Hubert H. Humphery Job Corps in St. Paul. Kenneth's education has been professionally based as he attended Brown Institute of Technology for Advertising Design and has worked as an advertising director/reporter for the Byron Review. Kenneth was licensed by the State of Minnesota department of commerce in 2002 and under recommendation by an Alumnus, he later was awarded a full scholarship to University of St. Thomas - Opus College of Business to attend the Commercial Real Estate Specialist program and graduated in 2006 and has an extended mini MBA in real estate development and in 2014 earned a graduate certificate in Economic Development from Hamline University - Center for Public Administration. Kenneth has known his wife Melissa since attending Harriet Bishop Elementary, together 20 years, they were married at the Plummer house 15 years ago. Melissa grew up in Country Club Manor, her family church is Gloria Dei, she graduated from John Marshall High School and attended college for architecture. She currently works at Mayo Clinic where she enjoys working with people. Kenneth is a real estate professional in the business for 20 years and the owner of Bush Companies - a community and economic development firm located in downtown Rochester. He has devoted his life to public service and civic causes and simply is encouraged to continue this work at the state capital on behalf of the people.
Kenneth is known as an effective communicator in life and in business and takes a common sense approach to the debate or issues at hand. As your representative I will be an effective legislator based on my experience living, working and talking amongst those that live in the real world with real life concerns on how and who represents their best interests and Minnesota values. I too share these concerns and as your representative my goal is to make sure the "People" are represented at the capital. I will listen and bring passion with knowledge and the skills to be a knowledgeable voice on behalf of the people with compassion to see all sides of an issues. Kenneth works hard to protect Minnesota values, and will make certain to keep Rochester a financially safe and thriving community as we must respect the past. I believe we must bring a new generation of leadership to the state legislature as it is a key to our city, region and state as we cannot continue to have rubber stamp candidates and legislators representing our future and the next generations future.
Kenneth is a member and/or serves currently on several local and national organizations including, the Olmsted County Planning Board of Commissioners, Olmsted County Zoning Board of Adjustment, Rochester Area Builders - Governmental Affairs, Rochester Area Foundation Affordable Housing Steering Committee, Southeastern Minnesota Association of Realtors Governmental Affairs, Board Member Bolder Options, Destination Medical Center (DMC) Certified Tourism Ambassador. Rochester Chamber of Commerce. Harvard Business Review, Convention of States, Republican Leadership Initiative Fellow - Republican National Committee, Olmsted County Republicans.
Community and Volunteer Accomplishments:
• Governmental Affairs - Rochester Chamber of Commerce.
• Governmental Affairs - Red Wing Chamber of Commerce.
• Byron, Mantorville, Dodge Center and Kasson Chamber of Commerce.
• Vice Chairman Housing & Redevelopment Authority 3 yr term.
• Red Wing 20/20 Community Development Board 3 yr term.
• Transportation Committee & Chair Economic Development sub-committee.
• Mayors Blue Ribbon Commission on Economic Development
• Director Red Wing Multi Housing Association Board 6 yrs.
• National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials
• Goodhue County Republicans
• Care Clinic - Communications Committee
• Minnesota Multi Housing Association
• Chairman Habitat For Humanity Public Relations & Board Member
• Human Rights Commissioner - City of Red Wing.
• Minneapolis Community Planning Economic Development CPED - Advisory Member
• MN Restorative Justice
• MN Youth Link