Lawrence Pogemiller

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Lawrence Pogemiller
Minnesota State Senate District 59
Former officeholder
In office
1983 - 2011
Base salary$31,140.90/year
Per diem$86/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 2, 1982
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Minnesota House of Representatives
1981 - 1983
Bachelor'sUniversity of Minnesota
Master'sHarvard University, Kennedy School of Government
Date of birthSeptember 18, 1951
ProfessionProject Systems Analyst
Office website
Lawrence "Larry" Pogemiller (b. September 18, 1951) was a Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party member of the Minnesota State Senate, representing the 59th District from 1983 until his resignation in 2011. Pogemiller resigned in order to accept an appointment as Director of the Office of Higher Education. A special election was held to replace him on January 10, 2012.[1][2] Prior to his resignation, Pogemiller served as the Majority Leader of the Minnesota Senate. He also served in the Minnesota House of Representatives from 1981 - 1983.

Pogemiller graduated from Minnesota in 1974 with his Bachelor's degree and later graduated from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government with his Master's in Public Affairs in 1988. Pogemiller is a self-employed project systems consultant when the legislature is not in session.

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Pogemiller was appointed to these committees:

  • Subcommitte on Redistricting
  • Taxes


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Pogemiller served on these committees:



See also: Minnesota State Senate elections, 2010

Pogemiller won re-election to the 59th District seat in 2010. He had no primary opposition. Barry Hickethier ran for the seat on the Republican ticket. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.

Minnesota State Senate, District 59 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Lawrence Pogemiller (DFL) 19093 78.12%
Barry Hickethier (R) 5269 21.56%
Write-In 80 0.33%


On November 7, 2006, Pogemiller won re-election to the 59th District Seat in the Minnesota State Senate, defeating opponents Sandra Burt (R) and Rahn Workcuff (I).[4]

Minnesota State Senate, District 59 (2006)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Lawrence Pogemiller (DFL) 19,845 76.37%
Sandra Burt (R) 4,619 17.78%
Rahn Workcuff (I) 1,458 5.61%
Write-In 62 0.24%

Campaign donors

In 2006, Pogemiller collected $63,855 in donations.[5]

His five largest contributors in 2006 were:

Donor Amount
Public Fund $18,351
Minnesota Police & Peace Officers Association $500
Minnesota CPAS $500
Minnesota Police Relief Association $500


Taxpayers League of Minnesota

The Taxpayers League of Minnesota, a Minnesota-based taxpayer advocacy organization, releases a legislative scorecard for the Minnesota House of Representatives and Minnesota State Senate once a year. The scorecard gives each legislator a score based on how they voted in the prior legislative term on tax issues and “their efforts to balance the state budget without a tax increase.” The organization also compiles a legislator’s individual "Lifetime Score."[6]


Pogemiller received a score of 0% in the 2011 scorecard, ranking 64th out of all 67 Minnesota State Senate members.[7]

District 59

Pogemiller represents Minnesota Senate District 59. District 59 includes Western Minneapolis and the University of Minnesota[8].


Pogemiller is in a committed relationship and resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Minnesota State Senate District 59
Succeeded by
Kari Dziedzic