Minnesota Senate

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Minnesota Senate
92nd Minnesota Legislature
Type
Type
Term limits
None
History
New session started
January 5, 2021 (2021-01-05)
Leadership
Jeremy Miller (R)
since November 12, 2020
Paul Gazelka (R)
since January 3, 2017
Susan Kent (DFL)
since February 1, 2020
Structure
Seats67
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Political groups
  •   Republican (34)
  •   DFL (31)
  •   Independent (2)
Length of term
4 years when elected in years ending in 2 and 6.
2 years when elected in years ending in 0.
AuthorityArticle IV, Minnesota Constitution
Salary$46,500/year + per diem [1]
Elections
First-past-the-post
Last election
November 3, 2020
Next election
November 8, 2022
RedistrictingLegislative control
Meeting place
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Senate chamber
Minnesota State Capitol
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Website
www.senate.mn

The Minnesota Senate is the upper house of the Legislature of the U.S. state of Minnesota. At 67 members, half as many as the Minnesota House of Representatives, it is the largest upper house of any U.S. state legislature. [2] Floor sessions are held in the west wing of the State Capitol in Saint Paul. Committee hearings, as well as offices for senators and staff, are located north of the State Capitol in the Minnesota Senate Building. Each member of the Minnesota Senate represents approximately 80,000 constituents. [3]

Contents

History

The Minnesota Senate held its first regular session on December 2, 1857. [4]

Powers

In addition to its legislative powers, certain appointments by the governor are subject to the Senate's advice and consent. As state law provides for hundreds of executive appointments, the vast majority of appointees serve without being confirmed by the Senate; only in rare instances are appointees are rejected by the body. [5] The Senate has rejected only nine executive appointments since 2000. [6]

Elections

Each Senate district is split between 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. [7]

In order to account for decennial redistricting, members run for one two-year term and two four-year terms each decade. Senators are elected for four-year terms in years ending in 2 and 6, and for two-year terms in years ending in 0. [8] Districts are redrawn after the decennial United States Census in time for the primary and general elections in years ending in 2. The most recent election was held on November 3, 2020.

Leadership

Paul Gazelka, a Republican from Nisswa, has served as majority leader since 2017. Minnesota Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka.jpg
Paul Gazelka, a Republican from Nisswa, has served as majority leader since 2017.

From statehood through 1972, the lieutenant governor served as president of the Senate. In 1972, voters approved a constitutional amendment that provided for the Senate to elect its own president beginning January 1973. [9] The president, who presides over official Senate proceedings, also acts as the parliamentarian and oversees the secretary of the senate. [10]

The majority leader is responsible for managing and scheduling the business of the Senate and oversees partisan and nonpartisan staff. The current majority leader is Paul Gazelka, a Republican from Nisswa. [11] Each caucus also selects its own leaders and deputy leaders.

Minnesota Senate Building

Committee hearings primarily take place in the Minnesota Senate Building, a 293,000 square feet office building that opened in January 2016. [12] The $90 million office building, which is located north of the State Capitol across University Avenue includes three committee hearing rooms, offices for all senators and staff, a raised terrace overlooking the State Capitol, and a 264-space underground parking facility. [13]

The 2016 session was held in the newly-constructed Minnesota Senate Building due to an extensive restoration at the State Capitol. It was the first time the Senate held a regular session outside of the State Capitol since its opening in 1905. [14]

Composition

92nd Minnesota Legislature (2021–2023)
Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
TotalVacant
Republican Independent Democratic–
Farmer–Labor
End of the previous Legislature 34230661
Begin 202134231670
Latest voting share

Members, 2021-2023

Senate districts
Republican
DFL
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Senate districts
  Republican
  DFL
  Independent
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DistrictNamePartyResidenceFirst elected
1 Mark Johnson Republican East Grand Forks 2016
2 Paul Utke Republican Park Rapids 2016
3 Tom Bakk Independent Cook 2002
4 Kent Eken DFL Twin Valley 2012
5 Justin Eichorn Republican Grand Rapids 2016
6 David Tomassoni Independent Chisholm 2000
7 Jen McEwen DFL Duluth 2020
8 Bill Ingebrigtsen Republican Alexandria 2006
9 Paul Gazelka Republican Nisswa 2010
10 Carrie Ruud Republican Breezy Point 2002 [nb 1]
11 Jason Rarick Republican Pine City 2019 [nb 2]
12 Torrey Westrom Republican Elbow Lake 2012
13 Jeff Howe Republican Rockville 2018 [nb 2]
14 Aric Putnam DFL St. Cloud 2020
15 Andrew Mathews Republican Milaca 2016
16 Gary Dahms Republican Redwood Falls 2010
17 Andrew Lang Republican Olivia 2016
18 Scott Newman Republican Hutchinson 2010
19 Nick Frentz DFL North Mankato 2016
20 Rich Draheim Republican Madison Lake 2016
21 Mike Goggin Republican Red Wing 2016
22 Bill Weber Republican Luverne 2012
23 Julie Rosen Republican Vernon Center 2002
24 John Jasinski Republican Faribault 2016
25 Dave Senjem Republican Rochester 2002
26 Carla Nelson Republican Rochester 2010
27 Gene DorninkRepublican Austin 2020
28 Jeremy Miller Republican Winona 2010
29 Bruce Anderson Republican Buffalo Township 2012
30 Mary Kiffmeyer Republican Big Lake 2012
31 Michelle Benson Republican Ham Lake 2010
32 Mark Koran Republican North Branch 2016
33 David Osmek Republican Mound 2012
34 Warren Limmer Republican Maple Grove 1995 [nb 2]
35 Jim Abeler Republican Anoka 2016 [nb 2]
36 John Hoffman DFL Champlin 2012
37 Jerry Newton DFL Coon Rapids 2016
38 Roger Chamberlain Republican Lino Lakes 2010
39 Karin Housley Republican Stillwater 2012
40 Chris Eaton DFL Brooklyn Center 2011 [nb 2]
41 Mary Kunesh-Podein DFL Columbia Heights 2020
42 Jason Isaacson DFL Shoreview 2016
43 Chuck Wiger DFL Maplewood 1996
44 Ann Johnson Stewart DFL Plymouth 2020
45 Ann Rest DFL New Hope 2000
46 Ron Latz DFL St. Louis Park 2006
47 Julia ColemanRepublican Chaska 2020
48 Steve Cwodzinski DFL Eden Prairie 2016
49 Melisa Franzen DFL Edina 2012
50 Melissa Halvorson Wiklund DFL Bloomington 2012
51 Jim Carlson DFL Eagan 2006 [nb 3]
52 Matt Klein DFL Mendota Heights 2016
53 Susan Kent DFL Woodbury 2012
54 Karla Bigham DFL Cottage Grove 2018 [nb 2]
55 Eric Pratt Republican Prior Lake 2012
56 Lindsey Port DFL Burnsville 2020
57 Greg Clausen DFL Apple Valley 2012
58 Zach DuckworthRepublican Lakeville 2020
59 Bobby Joe Champion DFL Minneapolis 2012
60 Kari Dziedzic DFL Minneapolis 2012 [nb 2]
61 Scott Dibble DFL Minneapolis 2002
62 Omar Fateh DFL Minneapolis 2020
63 Patricia Torres Ray DFL Minneapolis 2006
64 Erin Murphy DFL Saint Paul 2020
65 Sandy Pappas DFL Saint Paul 1990
66 John Marty DFL Roseville 1986
67 Foung Hawj DFL Saint Paul 2012

See also

Notes

  1. Lost re-election in 2006. Elected again in 2012.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Elected in a special election. [15]
  3. Lost re-election 2010. Elected again in 2012.

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