Minnesota Senate

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Minnesota Senate
89th Minnesota Legislature
Coat of arms or logo
Term limits
New session started
January 6, 2015 (2015-01-06)
Sandy Pappas (DFL)
Since January 8, 2013
Tom Bakk (DFL)
Since January 8, 2013
David Hann (R)
Since January 8, 2013
Seats 67
Political groups
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
Last election
November 6, 2012
Next election
November 8, 2016
Redistricting Legislative control
Meeting place
File:Minnesota State Senate.jpg
Senate chamber
Minnesota State Capitol
Saint Paul, Minnesota

The Minnesota Senate is the upper house of the Minnesota Legislature of the U.S. state of Minnesota. There are 67 members, half as many as the Minnesota House of Representatives. In terms of membership, it is the largest upper house of any U.S. state legislature. Floor sessions are held in the west wing of the Minnesota State Capitol in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Due to the renovation process at the State Capitol, the Minnesota Senate will be holding floor sessions in the newly constructed Minnesota Senate Building across the street from the State Capitol for 2016.

Offices of members of the majority party are located in the Capitol and those of the minority party in the State Office Building, connected by tunnel just to the west of the Capitol. Senate committee meetings are held in the Capitol.


In addition to its legislative powers, certain appointments by the governor are subject to the Senate's advice and consent. Appointees may serve without being confirmed by the Senate, unless the Senate rejects the appointment.[1]


Each Senate district 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.[2] Before the 1960s, senators were apportioned by county, resulting in the underrepresentation of those in cities. In order to account for decennial redistricting, members run for one two-year term and two four-year terms each decade. They are elected for four-year terms in years ending in 2 and 6, and for two-year terms in years ending in 0.[3] 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 6, 2012.


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.[4] The majority leader is responsible for managing and scheduling the business of the Senate.


89th Minnesota Legislature (2015–17)
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Total Vacant
Democratic–Farmer–Labor Republican
End of the 87th Legislature 29 37 66 1
Begin 88th89th Legislature 39 28 67 0
October 31, 2015[nb 1] 39 27 66 1
Latest voting share 59.1% 40.9%

Members, 2013–17

Senate districts by political party affiliation      DFL      Republican      vacant
This article is part of a series on the
politics and government of
District Name Party Residence First elected
1 LeRoy Stumpf DFL Plummer 1982
2 Rod Skoe DFL Clearbrook 2002
3 Tom Bakk DFL Cook 2002
4 Kent Eken DFL Twin Valley 2012
5 Tom Saxhaug DFL Grand Rapids 2002
6 David Tomassoni DFL Chisholm 2000
7 Roger Reinert DFL Duluth 2010
8 Bill Ingebrigtsen Republican Alexandria 2006
9 Paul Gazelka Republican Nisswa 2010
10 Carrie Ruud Republican Breezy Point 2002, 2012
11 Tony Lourey DFL Kerrick 2006
12 Torrey Westrom Republican Elbow Lake 2012
13 Michelle Fischbach Republican Paynesville 1996*
14 John Pederson Republican St. Cloud 2010
15 Dave Brown Republican Becker 2010
16 Gary Dahms Republican Redwood Falls 2010
17 Lyle Koenen DFL Clara City 2012*
18 Scott Newman Republican Hutchinson 2010
19 Kathy Sheran DFL Mankato 2006
20 Kevin Dahle DFL Northfield 2008*, 2012
21 Matt Schmit DFL Red Wing 2012
22 Bill Weber Republican Luverne 2012
23 Julie Rosen Republican Vernon Center 2002
24 Vicki Jensen DFL Owatonna 2012
25 Dave Senjem Republican Rochester 2002
26 Carla Nelson Republican Rochester 2010
27 Dan Sparks DFL Austin 2002
28 Jeremy Miller Republican Winona 2010
29 Bruce Anderson Republican Buffalo 2012
30 Mary Kiffmeyer Republican Big Lake 2012
31 Michelle Benson Republican Ham Lake 2010
32 Sean Nienow Republican Cambridge 2002, 2010
33 David Osmek Republican Eden Prairie 2012
34 Warren Limmer Republican Maple Grove 1995*
35 pending special election
36 John Hoffman DFL Champlin 2012
37 Alice Johnson DFL Spring Lake Park 2012
38 Roger Chamberlain Republican Lino Lakes 2010
39 Karin Housley Republican St. Marys Point 2012
40 Chris Eaton DFL Brooklyn Center 2011*
41 Barb Goodwin DFL Columbia Heights 2010
42 Bev Scalze DFL Little Canada 2012
43 Chuck Wiger DFL Maplewood 1996
44 Terri Bonoff DFL Minnetonka 2005*
45 Ann Rest DFL New Hope 2000
46 Ron Latz DFL St. Louis Park 2006
47 Julianne Ortman Republican Chanhassen 2002
48 David Hann Republican Eden Prairie 2002
49 Melisa Franzen DFL Edina 2012
50 Melissa Halvorson Wiklund DFL Bloomington 2012
51 Jim Carlson DFL Eagan 2006, 2012
52 James Metzen DFL South St. Paul 1986
53 Susan Kent DFL Woodbury 2012
54 Katie Sieben DFL Newport 2006
55 Eric Pratt Republican Prior Lake 2012
56 Dan Hall Republican Burnsville 2010
57 Greg Clausen DFL Apple Valley 2012
58 Dave Thompson Republican Lakeville 2010
59 Bobby Joe Champion DFL Minneapolis 2012
60 Kari Dziedzic DFL Minneapolis 2012*
61 Scott Dibble DFL Minneapolis 2002
62 Jeff Hayden DFL Minneapolis 2011*
63 Patricia Torres Ray DFL Minneapolis 2006
64 Dick Cohen DFL Saint Paul 1986
65 Sandy Pappas DFL Saint Paul 1990
66 John Marty DFL Roseville 1986
67 Foung Hawj DFL Saint Paul 2012
*Elected in a special election.[6]
†Elected to non-consecutive terms.[7]

See also


  1. Branden Petersen (35) resigned.[5]


  1. "Creation and Organization of Executive Branch Agencies". Minnesota House of Representatives Research Department. Retrieved February 27, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Minn. Const. art. IV, § 3". Constitution of the State of Minnesota. Retrieved January 24, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Minn. Const. art. IV, § 4". Constitution of the State of Minnesota. Retrieved January 24, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "President and President Pro Tempore of the Minnesota Senate, 1849-present". Minnesota Legislative Reference Library. Retrieved January 24, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Stassen-Berger, Rachel E. (September 24, 2015). "Sen. Branden Petersen, pro-gay-marriage GOPer, resigning". Pioneer Press. Retrieved November 4, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Party Control of the Minnesota Senate, 1951-present". Minnesota Legislative Reference Library. Retrieved December 10, 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "Minnesota Legislators Past & Present - Session Search Results". Legislators Past & Present. Minnesota Legislative Reference Library. Retrieved January 7, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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