|Minnesota Senate Majority Leader|
December 27, 2011 – January 7, 2013
|Preceded by||Amy Koch|
|Succeeded by||Tom Bakk|
|Minnesota Senate Minority Leader|
January 3, 2007 – January 3, 2011
|Preceded by||Dick Day|
|Succeeded by||Tom Bakk|
|Member of the Minnesota Senate|
from the 25th district
|Assumed office |
January 7, 2003
|Preceded by||redrawn district|
|Born||December 20, 1942|
|Political party||Republican Party of Minnesota|
|Alma mater||Luther College|
David Howard "Dave" Senjem (born December 20, 1942) is a Minnesota politician and member of the Minnesota Senate. He served as its majority leader from 2011 to 2013. A Republican, Senjem represents District 25, which includes portions of Dodge and Olmsted counties in the southeastern part of the state.
Early life, education, and career
Senjem grew up in Hayfield, Minnesota and attended Hayfield High School. After graduating, he earned a bachelor of arts degree from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. He served on the Rochester City Park Board for five years, then on the Rochester City Council from 1992 to 2002. He is a retired Environmental Affairs Officer for the Mayo Clinic in Rochester.
Senjem's family originates from Bingen, Buskerud County, Norway; the original family name was Sønju. His great-great-grandfather John N. Hanson served as a Republican state representative from Dodge County from 1873 to 1874.
Senjem was first elected in 2002, and was reelected in 2006, 2010, 2012, and 2016. He served as minority leader from 2007 until January 3, 2011. On December 27, 2011, Senjem was elected majority leader after the previous majority leader, Amy Koch, resigned over an affair with a Senate staffer. Senjem became the third person to serve as both minority and majority leader, and the first to serve in both roles as a Republican.
- Minnesota Senators Past and Present
- Pugmire, Tim (2010-11-04). "Bakk elected new Senate minority leader; GOP ponders leadership". Retrieved 2017-12-13.
- Rochester Senator David Senjem Elected Majority Leader
- Dave Senjem at Minnesota Legislators Past & Present
- Senator Dave Senjem official Minnesota Senate website
- Minnesota Public Radio Votetracker: Senator Senjem Voting Record
- Follow the Money – David Senjem Campaign Contributions
- Senator Dave Senjem official campaign website
|| Senator from the 25th District
|Party political offices|
| Minnesota Senate Minority Leader
| Minnesota Senate Majority Leader