Alexis ‘Lexi’ Stangl
Hometown: I call St. Paul, Minn., my home now, but as a kid I lived near Mason City, Iowa, and in Winona, Minn.
Role: Lead Counsel, Senate Counsel, Research and Fiscal Analysis Office, Minnesota Senate
NCSL involvement: Stangl is the staff vice chair of the Redistricting and Elections Standing Committee
Years of legislative service: 11
The best advice she’s ever received: “‘Never lose your curiosity.’ Being curious at work helps me to understand issues and identify solutions. Being curious in life just makes things more interesting.”
Why did you choose to work at the legislature?
I am fascinated by the legislative process. Being a nonpartisan staffer is a great fit for me because it allows me to be a part of the process without being political.
What skill or talent are you most proud of?
Professionally, my ability to listen to (and hear) what others are saying, then ask appropriate follow-up questions to make sure I understand the issue. Personally, I have a green thumb and am always proud of my vegetable garden and flower beds.
Who or what inspires you?
Robin Arzon. She is a fitness instructor and author. Her life is inspiring and so are her messages of encouragement and confidence.
What’s one thing you love about your state?
The beauty of the outdoors. Minnesota has prairies, woods, plains, bluffs and, of course, lots of lakes and rivers. I am so fortunate to spend a lot of time on the Mississippi River boating and fishing.
What are you currently reading/listening to/watching?
I just finished the novel “Black Sun,” by Rebecca Roanhorse, for my book club and really enjoyed it. I am also listening to Book 7 of the “Wheel of Time” series, by Robert Jordan, on audiobook.
What are some of the priorities of your NCSL Standing Committee?
The Redistricting and Elections Committee does a really great job of providing educational resources and networking opportunities. I think this is some of the most important work the committee does, and I think it should continue to be a high priority.
This interview has been edited for length and clarity.
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