Rules and Administration Committee, Minnesota State Senate

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The Rules and Administration Committee is a standing committee of the Minnesota State Senate.

Per Rule 10 of the Senate Rules, committees in the Minnesota State Senate are appointed by the party caucuses every two years. The majority caucus is to assign the number of positions for minority caucus members with adequate notice before the legislative session. Partisan balance of a committee is to match the partisan balance of the chamber at-large as closely as possible.[1] The caucuses then appoint their own members.[2] Chairs are selected by an organizational committee of the majority caucus. The two exceptions to this rule are the Rules and Administration Committee, which is chaired by the Majority Leader, and the Taxes Committee, which has its chair elected by the entire majority caucus.[3] With the exception of the Rules Committee, a member of a committee may not serve as the chair of the same division of a committee, or a substantially similar committee for more than three consecutive terms.[4] The Majority Leader, in his or her capacity as chair of the Rules Committee, may add or remove members after the start of the session with the approval of the Minority Leader.[5]

DocumentIcon.jpg See rules: 2013 Permanent Rules of the Senate


The Committee on Rules and Administration has jurisdiction over all proposals to amend the Senate rules, questions relating to referral of bills and resolutions, and over Senate employees, supplies, equipment, office spaces, and the Senate budget.[6][7]



The following table describes committee membership at the beginning of the 2013 legislative session.

Rules and Administration Members, 2013
Democratic members (8)Republican members (5)
Thomas Bakk, ChairDavid Hann
Katie Sieben, Vice-chairMichelle Fischbach
Richard CohenPaul Gazelka
John MartyWarren Limmer
James MetzenScott Newman
Sandra Pappas
Rod Skoe
LeRoy Stumpf


The following table describes committee membership for the 2011 legislative session.


The following table describes committee membership for the 2009 legislative session.

Redistricting Subcommittee


The Subcommittee on Elections of the Committee on Rules and Administration has jurisdiction over all bills relating to elections, ethical practices for public officials, campaign financing, and redistricting seats in Congress, the Legislature, or the Metropolitan Council.[8][7]


Members of the 2011 redistricting subcommittee were as follows:

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