List of Majority Leaders of the Minnesota Senate

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Majority Leader of the Minnesota Senate
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Incumbent
Thomas M. Bakk

since January 8, 2013
Inaugural holder Charles N. Orr
Formation January 1933
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This is a list of Majority Leaders of the Minnesota Senate. The Majority Leader is the head of the majority party in the Minnesota Senate, and is the most powerful political figure in the body. The current Majority Leader is Sen. Tom Bakk, DFL - Virginia.

Name Took Office Left Office Party/Caucus
Charles N. Orr 1933 1949 Conservative
Archie H. Miller 1949 1959 Conservative
John M. Zwach 1959 1967 Conservative
Stanley W. Holmquist 1967 1973 Conservative
Nick Coleman 1973 1981 Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Roger Moe 1981 2003 Democratic-Farmer-Labor
John Hottinger 2003 2004 Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Dean Johnson 2004 2007 Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Larry Pogemiller 2007 2011 Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Amy Koch 2011 2011 Republican
David Senjem 2011 2013 Republican
Tom Bakk 2013 present Democratic-Farmer-Labor

Notes on Minnesota political party names[edit]

  • Republican Party of Minnesota: From November 15, 1975 to September 23, 1995 the name of the state Republican party was the Independent-Republican party (I-R). The party has always been affiliated with the national Republican Party.

In 1913, Minnesota legislators began to be elected on nonpartisan ballots. Nonpartisanship also was an historical accident that occurred in the 1913 session when a bill to provide for no party elections of judges and city and county officers was amended to include the Legislature in the belief that it would kill the bill. Legislators ran and caucused as "Liberals" or "Conservatives" roughly equivalent in most years to Democratic-Farmer-Labor and Republican, respectively. The law was changed in 1973, in 1976, Senate members again ran with party designation.