Rep. Leon Lillie recovering after fall from ladder

Leon Lillie

Courtesy of Minnesota House Public Information Services • Despite having numerous broken bones, State Rep. Leon Lillie made a surprise appearance at the House Capital Investment Committee the morning of May 4, according to a tweet posted by @MNHouseInfo that same day.

State Rep. Leon Lillie was hospitalized after he fell off a ladder at his home April 22, breaking multiple bones. 

Lillie is in his seventh term representing House District 43B, which  is made up of North St. Paul, Oakdale north of Tenth Street and Maplewood precincts 10 and 11.

Lillie, 56, declined to officially comment, but was open about his injuries on Twitter. Lillie is the brother of Lillie Suburban Newspapers co-publisher Ted H. Lillie. 

A tweet posted April 30 explains that he fell from a “substantial height” while cutting a tree April 22. The tweet adds that the fall broke nine ribs, broke his elbow in two or three places, broke his shoulder blade in two places and broke his hip in three places.

“I feel like the luckiest person alive — so much could’ve gone much worse,” Lillie said in a tweet.

Some of Lillie’s other posts said things like “Gravity is real,” seeming to indicate he’s in good spirits despite his extensive injuries.

It’s unclear how long Lillie will be unable to perform his legislative duties.

North St. Paul Mayor Mike Kuehn noted at the May 1 City Council meeting that Lillie fell about 25 feet “and he’s down at Regions if anybody would like to send him a card.”

Said Kuehn, “He really got himself banged up, and he’ll probably be down there quite a while yet, so our condolences.”


— Aundrea Kinney

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