List of Presidents of the Minnesota Senate

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The following have served as Presidents of the Minnesota Senate.

From statehood until 1973, the Lieutenant Governor served as president. Not all Lieutenant Governors served at the same time as the Senate was in session. Those who served as President were:

Name Took Office Left Office Party
William Holcombe 1858 1860 Democratic
Ignatius L. Donnelly 1860 1863 Republican
Charles D. Sherwood 1864 1866 Republican
Thomas H. Armstrong 1866 1870 Republican
William H. Yale 1870 1874 Republican
Alphonso Barto 1874 1876 Republican
James Wakefield 1876 1880 Republican
Charles A. Gilman 1880 1887 Republican
Albert E. Rice 1887 1891 Republican
Gideon S. Ives 1891 1893 Republican
David Marston Clough 1893 1895 Republican
Frank A. Day 1895 1897 Republican
John L. Gibbs 1897 1899 Republican
Lyndon Ambrose Smith 1899 1903 Republican
Ray W. Jones 1903 1907 Republican
Adolph Olson Eberhart 1907 1909 Republican
Edward Everett Smith 1909 1911 Republican
Samuel Y. Gordon 1911 1913 Republican
Joseph A. A. Burnquist 1913 1915 Republican
George H. Sullivan 1916 1917 Republican
Thomas Frankson 1917 1921 Republican
Louis L. Collins 1921 1925 Republican
William I. Nolan 1925 1929 Republican
Charles Edward Adams 1929 1931 Republican
Henry M. Arens 1931 1933 Farmer Labor
Konrad K. Solberg 1933 1935 Farmer Labor
Hjalmar Petersen 1935 1936 Farmer Labor
Gottfrid Lindsten 1937 1939 Farmer Labor
C. Elmer Anderson 1939 1943 Republican
Edward John Thye 1943 1943 Republican
Archie H. Miller 1943 1945 Republican
C. Elmer Anderson 1945 1951 Republican
Ancher Nelsen 1953 1953 Republican
Karl Rolvaag 1955 1963 Democratic Farmer Labor
Alexander M. Keith 1963 1967 Democratic Farmer Labor
James B. Goetz 1967 1971 Republican
Rudy Perpich 1971 1973 Democratic Farmer Labor

Beginning in 1973, the Minnesota Senate began electing its own presidents. Those who have served since 1973 are:

Name Took Office Left Office Party
Alec G. Olson 1973 1976 Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Edward J. Gearty 1977 1981 Democratic-Farmer-Labor
John T. Davies 1981 1983 Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Jerome M. Hughes 1983 1987 Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Florian Chmielewski 1987 1987 Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Jerome M. Hughes 1987 1993 Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Allan H. Spear 1993 2001 Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Don Samuelson 2001 2003 Democratic-Farmer-Labor
James Metzen 2003 2011 Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Michelle Fischbach 2011 2013 Republican
Sandra L. Pappas 2013 Present Democratic-Farmer-Labor

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