Minnesota Senate


Minnesota Senate
Minnesota Senate
Minnesota State Legislature
Type
Type Upper house
Term limits None
New session started January 4, 2011
Leadership
President of the Senate Michelle Fischbach, (R)
since January 4, 2011
President pro Tempore Gen Olson, (R)
since January 4, 2011
Majority Leader Amy Koch, (R)
since January 4, 2011
Minority Leader Tom Bakk, (DFL)
since January 4, 2011
Structure
Members 67
Political groups Republican Party (37)
Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (29)
Length of term 4 years when elected in years ending in 2 and 6, 2 years when elected in years ending in 0
Authority Article IV, Minnesota Constitution
Salary $31,140.90/year + per diem
Elections
Last election November 2, 2010
(67 seats)
Next election November 6, 2012
(67 seats)
Redistricting Legislative Control
Meeting place
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State Senate Chamber
Minnesota State Capitol
St. Paul, Minnesota
Website
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The Minnesota Senate is the upper house in the Minnesota Legislature. There are 67 members, half as many as are in the Minnesota House of Representatives. In terms of membership, it is the largest upper house of any state legislature. Each Senate district in the state includes an A and B House district (e.g. Senate district 41 contains House districts 41A and 41B). The Minnesota Constitution forbids a House district to be within more than one Senate district. Before the 1960s, Senators were apportioned by county, resulting in the underrepresentation of those in cities. From statehood through 1972 the Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota served as President of the Senate. In 1972 the voters approved a constitutional amendment that provided for the senate to elect its own president from among its members effective January 1973. Functionally, the leadership in the Senate is vested in the Majority Leader.

Members are elected to four year terms in years ending in 2 and 6, and for two year terms in years ending in 0. Districts are redrawn after the census in time for the primary and general elections in years ending in 2. The state legislature is located in the Minnesota State Capitol building in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

In the 2010 election the Republicans gained a majority for the first time since partisan identification returned to the legislature in 1974.

Contents

Current session

87th Legislature (2011-2012)
Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Total
Republican Democratic-Farmer-Labor Vacant
End of previous legislature 21 46 67 0
Begin 37 30 67 0
March 20, 2011 29 66 1
April 12, 2011 30 67 0
June 15, 2011[1] 29 66 1
August 15, 2011[2] 28 65 2
October 18, 2011[3] 30 67 0
November 7, 2011 29 66 1
Latest voting share 56.1% 43.9%
President of the Senate
Michelle Fischbach (R - Paynesville)
Majority Leader
Amy Koch (R - Buffalo)
Minority Leader
Tom Bakk (DFL - Cook)

Members: 2011-2012

District Name Party Residence First elected
1 LeRoy A. Stumpf DFL Thief River Falls 1982
2 Rod Skoe DFL Clearbrook 2002
3 Tom Saxhaug DFL Grand Rapids 2002
4 John Carlson Rep Bemidji 2010
5 Dave Tomassoni DFL Chisholm 2000
6 Tom Bakk DFL Cook 2002
7 Roger Reinert DFL Duluth 2010
8 Tony Lourey DFL Kerrick 2006
9 Keith Langseth DFL Glyndon 1980
10 Gretchen Hoffman Rep Vergas 2010
11 Bill Ingebrigtsen Rep Alexandria 2006
12 Paul Gazelka Rep Brainerd 2010
13 Joe Gimse Rep Willmar 2006
14 Michelle Fischbach Rep Paynesville 1996
15 John Pederson Rep St. Cloud 2010
16 Dave Brown Rep Becker 2010
17 Sean Nienow Rep Cambridge 2010
18 Scott Newman Rep Hutchinson 2010
19 Amy Koch Rep Buffalo 2006
20 Gary Kubly DFL Granite Falls 2002
21 Gary Dahms Rep Redwood Falls 2010
22 Doug Magnus Rep Slayton 2010
23 Kathy Sheran DFL Mankato 2006
24 Julie Rosen Rep Fairmont 2002
25 Al DeKruif Rep Madison Lake 2010
26 Mike Parry Rep Waseca 2010
27 Dan Sparks DFL Austin 2002
28 John Sterling Howe Rep Red Wing 2010
29 David Senjem Rep Rochester 2002
30 Carla Nelson Rep Rochester 2010
31 Jeremy Miller Rep Winona 2010
32 Warren Limmer Rep Maple Grove 1994
33 Gen Olson Rep Minnetrista 1982
34 Julianne Ortman Rep Chanhassen 2002
35 Claire Robling Rep Jordan 1996
36 Dave Thompson Rep Lakeville 2010
37 Chris Gerlach Rep Apple Valley 2004
38 Ted Daley Rep Eagan 2010
39 James Metzen DFL South Saint Paul 1986
40 Dan Hall Rep Burnsville 2010
41 Geoff Michel Rep Edina 2002
42 David Hann Rep Eden Prairie 2002
43 Terri Bonoff DFL Hopkins 2004
44 Ron Latz DFL St. Louis Park 2006
45 Ann Rest DFL New Hope 2000
46 Chris Eaton DFL Brooklyn Center 2011
47 Benjamin Kruse Rep Brooklyn Park 2010
48 Mike Jungbauer Rep East Bethel 2002
49 Michelle Benson Rep Ham Lake 2010
50 Barb Goodwin DFL Columbia Heights 2010
51 Pam Wolf Rep Spring Lake Park 2010
52 Ray Vandeveer Rep Forest Lake 2006
53 Roger Chamberlain Rep Lino Lakes 2010
54 John Marty DFL Roseville 1986
55 Charles Wiger DFL Maplewood 1996
56 Ted Lillie Rep Lake Elmo 2010
57 Katie Sieben DFL Newport 2006
58 Linda Higgins DFL Minneapolis 1996
59 Vacant
60 D. Scott Dibble DFL Minneapolis 2002
61 Jeff Hayden DFL Minneapolis 2011
62 Patricia Torres Ray DFL Minneapolis 2006
63 Ken Kelash DFL Minneapolis 2008
64 Dick Cohen DFL Saint Paul 1986
65 Sandy Pappas DFL Saint Paul 1990
66 Mary Jo McGuire DFL Saint Paul 2011
67 John Harrington DFL Saint Paul 2010

Previous sessions

  • Minnesota Senate 2009-2010 Session
  • Minnesota Senate 2007-2008 Session
  • Minnesota Senate 2005-2006 Session
  • Minnesota Senate 2003-2004 Session
  • Minnesota Senate 2001-2002 Session

See also

References

  1. ^ Democrat Linda Scheid (District 46) died.
  2. ^ Democrat Linda Berglin (District 61) resigned.
  3. ^ Democrats Chris Eaton and Jeff Hayden elected to succeed Scheid and Berglin, respectively.

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