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WATCH: 18 y.o. Steve Simon Preps With Hopkins High Debate Team

A 1988 KARE 11 story captured the Hopkins and St. Louis Park legislator long before he took office.

Hopkins and St. Louis Park Rep. Steve Simon is no stranger to public speaking. Two years ago, a video of Simon went viral when he asked in a floor speech, “How many more gay people does God have to create before we ask ourselves whether or not God actually wants them around?”

Simon wasn’t always a veteran speaker, though. YouTube user scottcommercials posted a video of a 1988 KARE 11 news story of the then-18-year-old Simon and the rest of the Hopkins High School debate team—“one of the hottest debate teams in the Midwest,” according to the report.

Check out video of the future legislator in the news story above.

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