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Minnesota legislators assume office the first day of biennial (2-year) session.<ref>[https://www.revisor.leg.state.mn.us/statutes/?id=3.05 Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 3, Section 3.05]</ref> Minnesota law provides that: "The legislature shall meet at the seat of government on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in January of each odd-numbered year. When the first Monday in January falls on January 1, it shall meet on the first Wednesday after the first Monday. It shall also meet when called by the governor to meet in special session." <ref>[https://www.revisor.leg.state.mn.us/statutes/?id=3.011 Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 3, Section 3.011]</ref>
 
Minnesota legislators assume office the first day of biennial (2-year) session.<ref>[https://www.revisor.leg.state.mn.us/statutes/?id=3.05 Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 3, Section 3.05]</ref> Minnesota law provides that: "The legislature shall meet at the seat of government on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in January of each odd-numbered year. When the first Monday in January falls on January 1, it shall meet on the first Wednesday after the first Monday. It shall also meet when called by the governor to meet in special session." <ref>[https://www.revisor.leg.state.mn.us/statutes/?id=3.011 Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 3, Section 3.011]</ref>
  
===List of current members===
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| 1
 
| 1
 
| [[LeRoy Stumpf]]
 
| [[LeRoy Stumpf]]
 
| {{blue dot}}
 
| {{blue dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:Plummer, Minnesota|Plummer]]
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| 1983
 
|-
 
|-
 
| 2
 
| 2
 
| [[Rod Skoe]]
 
| [[Rod Skoe]]
 
| {{blue dot}}
 
| {{blue dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:Clearbrook, Minnesota|Clearbrook]]
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| 2003
 
|-
 
|-
 
| 3
 
| 3
 
| [[Thomas Bakk]]
 
| [[Thomas Bakk]]
 
| {{blue dot}}
 
| {{blue dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:Grand Rapids, Minnesota|Grand Rapids]]
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| 2003
 
|-
 
|-
 
| 4
 
| 4
 
| [[Kent Eken]]
 
| [[Kent Eken]]
 
| {{blue dot}}
 
| {{blue dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:Bemidji, Minnesota|Bemidji]]
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| 2013
 
|-
 
|-
 
| 5
 
| 5
 
| [[Tom Saxhaug]]
 
| [[Tom Saxhaug]]
 
| {{blue dot}}
 
| {{blue dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:Chisholm, Minnesota|Chisholm]]
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| 2003
 
|-
 
|-
 
| 6
 
| 6
 
| [[David Tomassoni]]
 
| [[David Tomassoni]]
 
| {{blue dot}}
 
| {{blue dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:Cook, Minnesota|Cook]]
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| 2001
 
|-  
 
|-  
 
| 7
 
| 7
 
| [[Roger Reinert]]
 
| [[Roger Reinert]]
 
| {{blue dot}}
 
| {{blue dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:Duluth, Minnesota|Duluth]]
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| 2011
 
|-
 
|-
 
| 8
 
| 8
 
| [[Bill Ingebrigtsen]]
 
| [[Bill Ingebrigtsen]]
 
| {{red dot}}
 
| {{red dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:Kerrick, Minnesota|Kerrick]]
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| 2007
 
|-
 
|-
 
| 9
 
| 9
 
| [[Paul Gazelka]]
 
| [[Paul Gazelka]]
 
| {{red dot}}
 
| {{red dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:Glyndon, Minnesota|Glyndon]]
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| 2011
 
|-
 
|-
 
| 10
 
| 10
 
| [[Carrie Ruud]]
 
| [[Carrie Ruud]]
 
| {{Red dot}}
 
| {{Red dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:Hewitt, Minnesota|Hewitt]]
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| 2013
 
|-
 
|-
 
| 11
 
| 11
 
| [[Tony Lourey]]
 
| [[Tony Lourey]]
 
| {{blue dot}}
 
| {{blue dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:Alexandria, Minnesota|Alexandria]]
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| 2007
 
|-
 
|-
 
| 12
 
| 12
 
| [[Torrey Westrom]]
 
| [[Torrey Westrom]]
 
| {{red dot}}
 
| {{red dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:Fort Ripley, Minnesota|Fort Ripley]]
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| 2013
 
|-
 
|-
 
| 13
 
| 13
 
| [[Michelle Fischbach]]
 
| [[Michelle Fischbach]]
 
| {{red dot}}
 
| {{red dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:Willmar, Minnesota|Willmar]]
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| 1996
 
|-
 
|-
 
| 14
 
| 14
 
| [[John Pederson]]
 
| [[John Pederson]]
 
| {{red dot}}
 
| {{red dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:Paynesville, Minnesota|Paynesville]]
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| 2011
 
|-
 
|-
 
| 15
 
| 15
 
| [[Dave Brown (Minnesota)|Dave Brown]]
 
| [[Dave Brown (Minnesota)|Dave Brown]]
 
| {{red dot}}
 
| {{red dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:St. Cloud, Minnesota|St. Cloud]]
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| 2011
 
|-
 
|-
 
| 16
 
| 16
 
| [[Gary Dahms]]
 
| [[Gary Dahms]]
 
| {{red dot}}
 
| {{red dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:Princeton, Minnesota|Princeton]]
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| 2011
 
|-
 
|-
 
| 17
 
| 17
 
| [[Lyle Koenen]]
 
| [[Lyle Koenen]]
 
| {{blue dot}}
 
| {{blue dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:Harris, Minnesota|Harris]]
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| 2012
 
|-
 
|-
 
| 18
 
| 18
 
| [[Scott Newman]]
 
| [[Scott Newman]]
 
| {{red dot}}
 
| {{red dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:Dassel, Minnesota|Dassel]]
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| 2011
 
|-
 
|-
 
| 19
 
| 19
 
| [[Kathy Sheran]]
 
| [[Kathy Sheran]]
 
| {{blue dot}}
 
| {{blue dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:Buffalo, Minnesota|Buffalo]]
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| 2007
 
|-
 
|-
 
| 20
 
| 20
 
| [[Kevin Dahle]]
 
| [[Kevin Dahle]]
 
| {{blue dot}}
 
| {{blue dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:Maynard, Minnesota|Maynard]]
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| 2013
 
|-
 
|-
 
| 21
 
| 21
 
| [[Matt Schmit]]
 
| [[Matt Schmit]]
 
| {{blue dot}}
 
| {{blue dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:New Ulm, Minnesota|New Ulm]]
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| 2013
 
|-
 
|-
 
| 22
 
| 22
 
| [[Bill Weber]]
 
| [[Bill Weber]]
 
| {{red dot}}
 
| {{red dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:Tracy, Minnesota|Tracy]]
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| 2013
 
|-
 
|-
 
| 23
 
| 23
 
| [[Julie Rosen]]
 
| [[Julie Rosen]]
 
| {{red dot}}
 
| {{red dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:Mankato, Minnesota|Mankato]]
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| 2003
 
|-
 
|-
 
| 24  
 
| 24  
 
| [[Vicki Jensen]]
 
| [[Vicki Jensen]]
 
| {{blue dot}}
 
| {{blue dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:Fairmont, Minnesota|Fairmont]]
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| 2013
 
|-
 
|-
 
| 25
 
| 25
 
| [[David Senjem]]
 
| [[David Senjem]]
 
| {{red dot}}
 
| {{red dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:Northfield, Minnesota|Northfield]]
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| 2003
 
|-
 
|-
 
| 26
 
| 26
 
| [[Carla Nelson]]
 
| [[Carla Nelson]]
 
| {{red dot}}
 
| {{red dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:Rochester, Minnesota|Rochester]]
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| 2011
 
|-  
 
|-  
 
| 27
 
| 27
 
| [[Dan Sparks]]
 
| [[Dan Sparks]]
 
| {{blue dot}}
 
| {{blue dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:Austin, Minnesota|Austin]]
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| 2003
 
|-
 
|-
 
| 28
 
| 28
 
| [[Jeremy Miller (Minnesota)|Jeremy Miller]]
 
| [[Jeremy Miller (Minnesota)|Jeremy Miller]]
 
| {{red dot}}
 
| {{red dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:Red Wing, Minnesota|Red Wing]]
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| 2011
 
|-
 
|-
 
| 29
 
| 29
 
| [[Bruce Anderson]]
 
| [[Bruce Anderson]]
 
| {{red dot}}
 
| {{red dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:Rochester, Minnesota|Rochester]]
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| 2013
 
|-
 
|-
 
| 30
 
| 30
 
| [[Mary Kiffmeyer]]
 
| [[Mary Kiffmeyer]]
 
| {{red dot}}
 
| {{red dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:Rochester, Minnesota|Rochester]]
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| 2013
 
|-
 
|-
 
| 31
 
| 31
 
| [[Michelle Benson]]
 
| [[Michelle Benson]]
 
| {{red dot}}
 
| {{red dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:Winona, Minnesota|Winona]]
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| 2011
 
|-
 
|-
 
| 32
 
| 32
 
| [[Sean Nienow]]
 
| [[Sean Nienow]]
 
| {{red dot}}
 
| {{red dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:Maple Grove, Minnesota|Maple Grove]]
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| 2011
 
|-
 
|-
 
| 33
 
| 33
 
| [[David Osmek]]
 
| [[David Osmek]]
 
| {{red dot}}
 
| {{red dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:Minnetrista, Minnesota|Minnetrista]]
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| 2013
 
|-
 
|-
 
| 34
 
| 34
 
| [[Warren Limmer]]
 
| [[Warren Limmer]]
 
| {{red dot}}
 
| {{red dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:Chanhassen, Minnesota|Chanhassen]]
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| 1995
 
|-
 
|-
 
| 35
 
| 35
 
| [[Branden Petersen]]
 
| [[Branden Petersen]]
 
| {{red dot}}
 
| {{red dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:Jordan, Minnesota|Jordan]]
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| 2013
 
|-
 
|-
 
| 36
 
| 36
 
| [[John Hoffman]]
 
| [[John Hoffman]]
 
| {{blue dot}}
 
| {{blue dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:Farmington, Minnesota|Farmington]]
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| 2013
 
|-
 
|-
 
| 37
 
| 37
 
| [[Alice M. Johnson]]
 
| [[Alice M. Johnson]]
 
| {{blue dot}}
 
| {{blue dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:Apple Valley, Minnesota|Apple Valley]]
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| 2013
 
|-
 
|-
 
| 38
 
| 38
 
| [[Roger Chamberlain]]
 
| [[Roger Chamberlain]]
 
| {{red dot}}
 
| {{red dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:Eagan, Minnesota|Eagan]]
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| 2011
 
|-
 
|-
 
| 39
 
| 39
 
| [[Karin Housley]]
 
| [[Karin Housley]]
 
| {{red dot}}
 
| {{red dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:South St. Paul, Minnesota|South St. Paul]]
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| 2013
 
|-
 
|-
 
| 40
 
| 40
 
| [[Chris Eaton]]
 
| [[Chris Eaton]]
 
| {{blue dot}}
 
| {{blue dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:Burnsville, Minnesota|Burnsville]]
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| 2011
 
|-
 
|-
 
| 41
 
| 41
 
| [[Barbara Goodwin]]
 
| [[Barbara Goodwin]]
 
| {{blue dot}}
 
| {{blue dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:Edina, Minnesota|Edina]]
+
| 2011
 
|-
 
|-
 
| 42
 
| 42
 
| [[Bev Scalze]]
 
| [[Bev Scalze]]
 
| {{blue dot}}
 
| {{blue dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:Eden Prairie, Minnesota|Eden Prairie]]
+
| 2013
 
|-
 
|-
 
| 43
 
| 43
 
| [[Charles Wiger]]
 
| [[Charles Wiger]]
 
| {{blue dot}}
 
| {{blue dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:Minnetonka, Minnesota|Minnetonka]]
+
| 1997
 
|-
 
|-
 
| 44
 
| 44
 
| [[Terri Bonoff]]
 
| [[Terri Bonoff]]
 
| {{blue dot}}
 
| {{blue dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:St. Louis Park, Minnesota|St. Louis Park]]
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| 2005
 
|-
 
|-
 
| 45
 
| 45
 
| [[Ann Rest]]
 
| [[Ann Rest]]
 
| {{blue dot}}
 
| {{blue dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:New Hope, Minnesota|New Hope]]
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| 2001
 
|-
 
|-
 
| 46
 
| 46
 
| [[Ron Latz]]
 
| [[Ron Latz]]
 
| {{blue dot}}
 
| {{blue dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:Brooklyn Center , Minnesota| Brooklyn Center ]]
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| 2007
 
|-
 
|-
 
| 47
 
| 47
 
| [[Julianne Ortman]]
 
| [[Julianne Ortman]]
 
| {{red dot}}
 
| {{red dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:Coon Rapids, Minnesota|Coon Rapids]]
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| 2003
 
|-
 
|-
 
| 48
 
| 48
 
| [[David Hann]]
 
| [[David Hann]]
 
| {{red dot}}
 
| {{red dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:East Bethel, Minnesota|East Bethel]]
+
| 2003
 
|-
 
|-
 
| 49
 
| 49
 
| [[Melisa Franzen]]
 
| [[Melisa Franzen]]
 
| {{blue dot}}
 
| {{blue dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:Ham Lake, Minnesota|Ham Lake]]
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| 2013
 
|-
 
|-
 
| 50
 
| 50
 
| [[Melissa Halvorson Wiklund]]
 
| [[Melissa Halvorson Wiklund]]
 
| {{blue dot}}
 
| {{blue dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:Fridley, Minnesota|Fridley]]
+
| 2013
 
|-
 
|-
 
| 51
 
| 51
 
| [[Jim Carlson]]
 
| [[Jim Carlson]]
 
| {{blue dot}}
 
| {{blue dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:Fridley, Minnesota|Fridley]]
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| 2013
 
|-
 
|-
 
| 52
 
| 52
 
| [[James Metzen]]
 
| [[James Metzen]]
 
| {{blue dot}}
 
| {{blue dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:Forest Lake, Minnesota|Forest Lake]]
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| 1987
 
|-
 
|-
 
| 53
 
| 53
 
| [[Susan Kent]]
 
| [[Susan Kent]]
 
| {{blue dot}}
 
| {{blue dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:White Bear Lake, Minnesota|White Bear Lake]]
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| 2013
 
|-
 
|-
 
| 54
 
| 54
 
| [[Katie Sieben]]
 
| [[Katie Sieben]]
 
| {{blue dot}}
 
| {{blue dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:Roseville, Minnesota|Roseville]]
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| 2007
 
|-  
 
|-  
 
| 55
 
| 55
 
| [[Eric Pratt]]
 
| [[Eric Pratt]]
 
| {{red dot}}
 
| {{red dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:North St. Paul, Minnesota|North St. Paul]]
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| 2013
 
|-
 
|-
 
| 56
 
| 56
 
| [[Dan Hall]]
 
| [[Dan Hall]]
 
| {{red dot}}
 
| {{red dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:Woodbury, Minnesota|Woodbury]]
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| 2011
 
|-
 
|-
 
| 57
 
| 57
 
| [[Greg Clausen]]
 
| [[Greg Clausen]]
 
| {{blue dot}}
 
| {{blue dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:Newport, Minnesota|Newport]]
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| 2013
 
|-
 
|-
 
| 58
 
| 58
 
| [[Dave Thompson]]
 
| [[Dave Thompson]]
 
| {{red dot}}
 
| {{red dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:Minneapolis, Minnesota|Minneapolis]]
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| 2011
 
|-  
 
|-  
 
| 59
 
| 59
 
| [[Bobby Joe Champion]]
 
| [[Bobby Joe Champion]]
 
| {{blue dot}}
 
| {{blue dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:Minneapolis, Minnesota|Minneapolis]]
+
| 2013
 
|-
 
|-
 
| 60
 
| 60
 
| [[Kari Dziedzic]]
 
| [[Kari Dziedzic]]
 
| {{blue dot}}
 
| {{blue dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:Minneapolis, Minnesota|Minneapolis]]
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| 2012
 
|-
 
|-
 
| 61
 
| 61
 
| [[Scott Dibble]]
 
| [[Scott Dibble]]
 
| {{blue dot}}
 
| {{blue dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:Minneapolis, Minnesota|Minneapolis]]
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| 2003
 
|-
 
|-
 
| 62
 
| 62
 
| [[Jeff Hayden]]
 
| [[Jeff Hayden]]
 
| {{blue dot}}
 
| {{blue dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:Minneapolis, Minnesota|Minneapolis]]
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| 2011
 
|-
 
|-
 
| 63
 
| 63
 
| [[Patricia Torres Ray]]
 
| [[Patricia Torres Ray]]
 
| {{blue dot}}
 
| {{blue dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:Bloomington, Minnesota|Bloomington]]
+
| 2007
 
|-
 
|-
 
| 64
 
| 64
 
| [[Dick Cohen]]
 
| [[Dick Cohen]]
 
| {{blue dot}}
 
| {{blue dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:St. Paul, Minnesota|St. Paul]]
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| 1987
 
|-
 
|-
 
| 65
 
| 65
 
| [[Sandra Pappas]]
 
| [[Sandra Pappas]]
 
| {{blue dot}}
 
| {{blue dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:St. Paul, Minnesota|St. Paul]]
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| 1991
 
|-
 
|-
 
| 66
 
| 66
 
| [[John Marty]]
 
| [[John Marty]]
 
| {{blue dot}}
 
| {{blue dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:St. Paul, Minnesota|St. Paul]]
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| 1987
 
|-
 
|-
 
| 67
 
| 67
 
| [[Foung Hawj]]
 
| [[Foung Hawj]]
 
| {{blue dot}}
 
| {{blue dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:St. Paul, Minnesota|St. Paul]]
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| 2013
 
|}
 
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Revision as of 13:16, 17 May 2013

Minnesota State Senate

Seal of Minnesota.png
General Information
Type:   Upper house
Term limits:   None
2014 session start:   January 8, 2013
Website:   Official Senate Page
Leadership
Senate President:   Sandra Pappas, (D)
Majority Leader:   Thomas Bakk, (D)
Minority leader:   David Hann, (R)
Structure
Members:  67
   Democratic Party (

39)
Republican Party (

28)
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:   Art IV, Minnesota Constitution
Salary:   $31,140.90 + per diem
Elections
Last Election:  November 6, 2012 (67 seats)
Next election:  November 4, 2014 (67 seats)
Redistricting:  Minnesota Legislature subcommittee has control
The Minnesota Senate is the upper house of the Minnesota Legislature. There are 67 Senatorial districts, indicated by number. Each member represents an average of 79,163 residents, as of the 2010 Census.[1] After the 2000 Census, each member represented 73,425 residents.[2] Senators generally serve four-year terms.[3] Terms are not limited in Minnesota.[4] The 2010 session convened on February 4th.

State senators are paid a salary of $31,140 per year. During the regular legislative session, legislators can be reimbursed up to $96 per day for travel and living expenses when away from home. Legislators can collect the "per diem" payments seven days a week during the legislative session, whether or not they are actually at the state house. The per diem payments are included toward the recipient's pension and can add more than forty percent to some members' income. [5] [6]

As of May 2013, Minnesota is one of 12 Democratic state government trifectas.

Sessions

Article IV of the Minnesota Constitution establishes when the Minnesota State Legislature, of which the Senate is a part, is to be in session. Section 12 of Article IV states that the Legislature is not to meet in regular session for more than 120 legislative days in each two-year period between legislative elections. Section 12 also does not allow the Legislature to meet in regular session after the first Monday following the third Saturday in May of any year. Within these limits, Section 12 allows the Legislature to decide its meeting dates by law.

As such, MN Statute 3.011 establishes that on odd numbered years the legislature must convene on the first Monday in January, unless that lands on January 1, in which case the legislature must convene by the first Wednesday after the first Monday. The legislature is required to set its own date for even numbered years.

Section 12 of Article IV states that the Governor of Minnesota can call special sessions of the Legislature on extraordinary occasions.

2013

See also: Dates of 2013 state legislative sessions

In 2013, the Legislature will be in session from January 8 through May 20.

Major issues

The most important issue facing lawmakers is passing a new two-year budget in the face of a $1.1 billion deficit. Leaders also seek to address education funding, making schools safer, legalizing gay marriage, and controlling health care costs.[7]

2012

See also: Dates of 2012 state legislative sessions

In 2012, the Senate was in session from January 24 to May 10.

2011

In 2011, the Senate was in session from January 4 through May 23.

2010

In 2010, the Senate was in session from February 4th to March 17th.

Elections

2012

See also: Minnesota State Senate elections, 2012

Elections for the office of Minnesota State Senate were held in Minnesota on November 6, 2012. A total of 67 seats were up for election.

Although Minnesota senators typically serve four-year terms, they are elected to a two-year term during the first election of the decade. This allows for legislative elections to fall shortly after redistricting is completed. Since Minnesota Senate terms are not staggered, all sitting members will be on the ballot in November.

The signature filing deadline was June 5, 2012 and the primary date was August 14, 2012.

The following table details the 10 districts with the smallest margin of victory in the November 6 general election.

2010

See also: Minnesota State Senate elections, 2010

Elections for the office of Minnesota State Senate were held in Minnesota on November 2, 2010. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was June 1, 2010 and the primary election day was on September 14, 2010.

In 2010, the candidates for state house raised a total of $5,109,415 in campaign contributions. The top 10 donors were: [8]

Qualifications

To be eligible to run for the Minnesota State Senate in 2010, a candidate must be:[9]

  • Eligible to vote in Minnesota
  • Have not filed for more than one office for the upcoming primary or general election
  • At least 21 years old by January 3, 2011
  • A resident of Minnesota for a least one year
  • A resident of the legislative district for at least 6 months before November 2, 2010

Vacancies

See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures
How Vacancies are filled in State Legislatures
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In Minnesota, all vacancies in the Senate must be filled by a special election[10]. It is up to the appropriate elections authorities to schedule an election as soon as possible. The election must be held during the next general election if there is more than 150 days left in the term. If the Senate is in session, a special election must be called by the Governor no later than 35 days after the vacancy happened. If a vacancy happens when the Senate is out of session and less than 150 days are left in the term, a special election must called by the Governor as soon as possible. This is to allow the winner of the election to be sworn in when the Senate reconvenes[11].

Redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Minnesota

The Legislature handles redistricting, with the Governor holding veto power. Each chamber has its own redistricting committee, with a joint committee of two Republicans and two Democrats from each chamber.

2010 census

Minnesota received its local census data on March 16, 2011. The state's population increased 7.8 percent, even though four of the five most populated cities showed slight decreases in population; only Rochester (pop. 106,769, up 24.4 percent) showed growth.[12]

At the time of redistricting, Republicans controlled the Legislature, and Democrats the governorship; redistricting was expected to favor Republicans as Democrats held numerous underrepresented districts. Governor Mark Dayton vetoed the legislative plan on May 19, 2011. In June 2011, a panel created by the Minnesota Supreme Court took over the process when it heard lawsuits over the matter, even though the Legislature's deadline of February 2012 had not yet come up. On February 21, 2012, the panel released a final map, pairing 16 incumbents in the Senate.

Senators

Salaries

See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2013, members of the Minnesota legislature are paid $31,140.90/year. Senators receive $96/day per diem while representatives receive $66/day. The rates are set by the legislature.[13]

Partisan composition

See also: Partisan composition of state senates
Party As of August 2014
     Democratic Party 39
     Republican Party 28
Total 67


Leadership

In the Minnesota Senate, members of the majority caucus elect a leader, who directs the business of the Senate and is considered the leader of the Senate. The minority caucus elects its own leaders. The Senate President is elected on the opening day of each biennial session.[14][15]

Current leadership

Current Leadership, Minnesota State Senate
Office Representative Party
President of the Senate Sandra Pappas Electiondot.png Democratic
State Senate President Pro Tempore Ann Rest Electiondot.png Democratic
State Senate Majority Leader Thomas Bakk Electiondot.png Democratic
State Senate Deputy Majority Leader Jeff Hayden Electiondot.png Democratic
State Senate Assistant Majority Leader Katie Sieben Electiondot.png Democratic
State Senate Majority Whip Chris Eaton Electiondot.png Democratic
State Senate Minority Leader David Hann Ends.png Republican

When sworn in

See also: When state legislators assume office after a general election

Minnesota legislators assume office the first day of biennial (2-year) session.[16] Minnesota law provides that: "The legislature shall meet at the seat of government on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in January of each odd-numbered year. When the first Monday in January falls on January 1, it shall meet on the first Wednesday after the first Monday. It shall also meet when called by the governor to meet in special session." [17]

Current members

Current members, Minnesota State Senate
District Representative Party Assumed office
1 LeRoy Stumpf Electiondot.png Democratic 1983
2 Rod Skoe Electiondot.png Democratic 2003
3 Thomas Bakk Electiondot.png Democratic 2003
4 Kent Eken Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
5 Tom Saxhaug Electiondot.png Democratic 2003
6 David Tomassoni Electiondot.png Democratic 2001
7 Roger Reinert Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
8 Bill Ingebrigtsen Ends.png Republican 2007
9 Paul Gazelka Ends.png Republican 2011
10 Carrie Ruud Ends.png Republican 2013
11 Tony Lourey Electiondot.png Democratic 2007
12 Torrey Westrom Ends.png Republican 2013
13 Michelle Fischbach Ends.png Republican 1996
14 John Pederson Ends.png Republican 2011
15 Dave Brown Ends.png Republican 2011
16 Gary Dahms Ends.png Republican 2011
17 Lyle Koenen Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
18 Scott Newman Ends.png Republican 2011
19 Kathy Sheran Electiondot.png Democratic 2007
20 Kevin Dahle Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
21 Matt Schmit Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
22 Bill Weber Ends.png Republican 2013
23 Julie Rosen Ends.png Republican 2003
24 Vicki Jensen Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
25 David Senjem Ends.png Republican 2003
26 Carla Nelson Ends.png Republican 2011
27 Dan Sparks Electiondot.png Democratic 2003
28 Jeremy Miller Ends.png Republican 2011
29 Bruce Anderson Ends.png Republican 2013
30 Mary Kiffmeyer Ends.png Republican 2013
31 Michelle Benson Ends.png Republican 2011
32 Sean Nienow Ends.png Republican 2011
33 David Osmek Ends.png Republican 2013
34 Warren Limmer Ends.png Republican 1995
35 Branden Petersen Ends.png Republican 2013
36 John Hoffman Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
37 Alice M. Johnson Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
38 Roger Chamberlain Ends.png Republican 2011
39 Karin Housley Ends.png Republican 2013
40 Chris Eaton Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
41 Barbara Goodwin Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
42 Bev Scalze Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
43 Charles Wiger Electiondot.png Democratic 1997
44 Terri Bonoff Electiondot.png Democratic 2005
45 Ann Rest Electiondot.png Democratic 2001
46 Ron Latz Electiondot.png Democratic 2007
47 Julianne Ortman Ends.png Republican 2003
48 David Hann Ends.png Republican 2003
49 Melisa Franzen Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
50 Melissa Halvorson Wiklund Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
51 Jim Carlson Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
52 James Metzen Electiondot.png Democratic 1987
53 Susan Kent Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
54 Katie Sieben Electiondot.png Democratic 2007
55 Eric Pratt Ends.png Republican 2013
56 Dan Hall Ends.png Republican 2011
57 Greg Clausen Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
58 Dave Thompson Ends.png Republican 2011
59 Bobby Joe Champion Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
60 Kari Dziedzic Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
61 Scott Dibble Electiondot.png Democratic 2003
62 Jeff Hayden Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
63 Patricia Torres Ray Electiondot.png Democratic 2007
64 Dick Cohen Electiondot.png Democratic 1987
65 Sandra Pappas Electiondot.png Democratic 1991
66 John Marty Electiondot.png Democratic 1987
67 Foung Hawj Electiondot.png Democratic 2013

Standing committees

The Minnesota Senate has sixteen (13) standing committees:

External links

References