Former Rochester DFL Sen. Ann Lynch has a new job lobbying for the American Dental Hygienists' Association.
The association announced Lynch will take over as its director of government affairs beginning on June 5. She will be responsible for overseeing the group's advocacy efforts at the federal level and also working with state organizations to get their initiatives passed.
Lynch served one term in the state Senate, winning election to the seat in 2006. She lost her re-election bid in 2010 to GOP Sen. Carla Nelson. Prior to her time in the Senate, Lynch served on the Rochester School Board.
While in the Senate, Lynch successfully pushed for legislation allowing for a new mid-level oral health provider. The legislation enables students to become dental therapists or advanced dental therapists. Lynch's quest to pass such a position at times put her at odds with dentists concerned about issues of supervision for these new dental care providers and what sorts of procedures they would be allowed to do. Rep. Kim Norton, DFL-Rochester, also got involved with the issue working with dentists to come up with compromise legislation.
The American Dental Hygienists' Association had lobbied hard for such a program. Lynch won the organization's presidential citation in 2009 for her work.