Map of Minnesota showing all eight districts for 2002-2012
Minnesota currently has eight congressional districts. There were 9th and 10th districts but they were eliminated in 1963 and 1933 respectively. Redistricting is done every 10 years to reflect population shifts. Minnesota statutes do not require candidates for the United States House of Representatives to reside in the district in which they run for office, but candidates must be inhabitants of the state at the time of the election.
Districts were re-drawn in 2012. The 2010 elections determined the officials for the 2011–2013 term using 2002 districts, while the 2012 elections used the new districts. The 2002–2012 districts are described below:
- Minnesota's 1st congressional district extends across southern Minnesota from the border with South Dakota to the border of Wisconsin.
- Minnesota's 2nd congressional district spans the width of the entire southern metro area and contains Dakota, Carver, Scott, Le Sueur, Goodhue and Rice Counties.
- Minnesota's 3rd congressional district encompasses the suburbs of Hennepin County to the north, west, and south of Minneapolis.
- Minnesota's 4th congressional district covers most of Ramsey County including all of St. Paul and several St. Paul suburbs and part of Dakota.
- Minnesota's 5th congressional district covers eastern Hennepin County, including the entire city of Minneapolis, along with parts of Anoka and Ramsey counties
- Minnesota's 6th congressional district includes most or all of Benton, Sherburne, Stearns, Wright, Anoka, and Washington counties.
- Minnesota's 7th congressional district covers almost all of the western side of Minnesota from the Canadian border down to Lincoln County and is the largest district in the state.
- Minnesota's 8th congressional district covers the northeastern part of Minnesota and includes Duluth, Brainerd, and the Mesabi Range.
- Minnesota's two U.S. Senators are elected at large.
Congressional districts are also used to ensure regional representation on other government bodies within the state. The following entities are required by state statute to have at least one member from each congressional district:
Federal representation 
Gallery of members of the U.S. Senate 
Gallery of members of the U.S. House of Representatives 
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