Working With Our Legislators

Electric cooperatives are facing many legislative challenges that will affect the future of the Cooperative and the rates paid by members.  One way members can help is by getting involved and making their voice heard.  There are many resources available to help members become educated and stay informed about the issues.

Legislative Resources

Political action committees (or PACs) are an easy way for cooperative members to become involved in the political process.  PACs allow ordinary citizens to pool their small contributions to make a meaningful donation to legislative candidates who support their point of view.  That is precisely what our federal ACRE and state REPAC do.

The Minnesota Rural Electric Association and Cooperative Action Network also serve as resources to our members, providing education on political issues important to electrical cooperative members.

To learn more about these resources, click on each of their names below.

The Action Committee for Rural Electrification (ACRE) is the political action committee (PAC) of the nation's electric cooperatives.  Founded in 1966 by the approximately 1,000 cooperatives of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), it supports candidates for state and federal office - those in office now and running for office - who will speak for and protect the interests of electric cooperatives and their member-owners.

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REPAC is the state level equivalent of ACRE that helps Minnesota cooperative members pool resources to support candidates who will speak for and protect the interests of electric cooperatives and their member-owners.

Visit to learn more.

MREA's Legislative Center provides information about the legislative issues Minnesota rural electric cooperatives are facing at both the state and federal levels of government.

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The Cooperative Action Network is the advocacy hub and grassroots arm of the NRECA – the national service organization for more than 900 not-for-profit rural electric cooperatives that provide electricity to more than 42 million consumers across 47 states. Together, rural electric cooperatives serve 75 percent of the nation’s landmass and account for approximately 12 percent of total electricity sales in the United States.

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Who Represents You?

Do you know who represents you in the Minnesota Legislature or the United States Congress?  Visit the Minnesota Legislature to use their easy map locator.

Do you know what you need to do to vote?

To learn more about the election process in Minnesota, please visit the Minnesota Secretary of State's website.