Minnesota Senate

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Minnesota Senate
90th Minnesota Legislature
Coat of arms or logo
Term limits
New session started
January 3, 2017 (2017-01-03)
Since May 25, 2018
Paul Gazelka (R)
Since January 3, 2017
Tom Bakk (DFL)
Since January 3, 2017
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.
AuthorityArticle IV, Minnesota Constitution
Salary$45,000/year + per diem[1]
Last election
November 8, 2016
Next election
November 3, 2020
RedistrictingLegislative control
Meeting place
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Senate chamber
Minnesota State Capitol
Saint Paul, Minnesota

The Minnesota Senate is the upper house of the Legislature of the U.S. state of Minnesota. At 67 members, half as many as the Minnesota House of Representatives, it is the largest upper house of any U.S. state legislature.[2] Floor sessions are held in the west wing of the State Capitol in Saint Paul. Committee hearings, as well as offices for senators and staff, are located north of the State Capitol in the Minnesota Senate Building.


Due to the restoration process of the State Capitol taking place since 2014, the Senate held floor sessions in 2016 in the Minnesota Senate Building, an office building across the street north of the State Capitol. It was the first time the Senate held a regular session outside of the State Capitol since its opening in 1905.


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.[3]


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.[4]

In order to account for decennial redistricting, members run for one two-year term and two four-year terms each decade. Senators are elected for four-year terms in years ending in 2 and 6, and for two-year terms in years ending in 0.[5] 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 8, 2016.


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.[6] The majority leader is responsible for managing and scheduling the business of the Senate and serves as the leader of their caucus.

Minnesota Senate Building[edit]

All senators and staff have offices in the Minnesota Senate Building, a 293,000 square feet office building that opened in January 2016.[7] The office building, which is located north of the State Capitol across University Avenue, was constructed at the cost of $90 million and includes three committee hearing rooms and a 264-space underground parking facility.[8]


90th Minnesota Legislature (2017–19)
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Total Vacant
Republican Democratic–
End of the previous Legislature 28 38 66 1
Begin 34 33 67 0
December 15, 2017[nb 1] 32 66 1
February 20, 2018[nb 2] 33 67 0
May 25, 2018[nb 3] 33 66 1
Latest voting share 50% 50%

Members, 2017–21[edit]

Senate districts by members' political party      Republican      DFL      Vacant
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District Name Party Residence First elected
1 Mark Johnson Republican East Grand Forks 2016
2 Paul Utke Republican Park Rapids 2016
3 Tom Bakk DFL Cook 2002
4 Kent Eken DFL Twin Valley 2012
5 Justin Eichorn Republican Grand Rapids 2016
6 David Tomassoni DFL Chisholm 2000
7 Erik Simonson DFL Duluth 2016
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 Vacant pending a special election.
14 Jerry Relph Republican St. Cloud 2016
15 Andrew Mathews Republican Milaca 2016
16 Gary Dahms Republican Redwood Falls 2010
17 Andrew Lang Republican Olivia 2016
18 Scott Newman Republican Hutchinson 2010
19 Nick Frentz DFL North Mankato 2016
20 Rich Draheim Republican Madison Lake 2016
21 Mike Goggin Republican Red Wing 2016
22 Bill Weber Republican Luverne 2012
23 Julie Rosen Republican Vernon Center 2002
24 John Jasinski Republican Faribault 2016
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 Mark Koran Republican North Branch 2016
33 David Osmek Republican Mound 2012
34 Warren Limmer Republican Maple Grove 1995*
35 Jim Abeler Republican Anoka 2016*
36 John Hoffman DFL Champlin 2012
37 Jerry Newton DFL Coon Rapids 2016
38 Roger Chamberlain Republican Lino Lakes 2010
39 Karin Housley Republican St. Marys Point 2012
40 Chris Eaton DFL Brooklyn Center 2011*
41 Carolyn Laine DFL Columbia Heights 2016
42 Jason Isaacson DFL Shoreview 2016
43 Chuck Wiger DFL Maplewood 1996
44 Paul Anderson Republican Plymouth 2016
45 Ann Rest DFL New Hope 2000
46 Ron Latz DFL St. Louis Park 2006
47 Scott Jensen Republican Chaska 2016
48 Steve Cwodzinski DFL Eden Prairie 2016
49 Melisa Franzen DFL Edina 2012
50 Melissa Halvorson Wiklund DFL Bloomington 2012
51 Jim Carlson DFL Eagan 2006, 2012
52 Matt Klein DFL Mendota Heights 2016
53 Susan Kent DFL Woodbury 2012
54 Karla Bigham DFL Cottage Grove 2018*
55 Eric Pratt Republican Prior Lake 2012
56 Dan Hall Republican Burnsville 2010
57 Greg Clausen DFL Apple Valley 2012
58 Matt Little DFL Lakeville 2016
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.[9]
†Elected to non-consecutive terms.[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Dan Schoen (DFL, District 54) resigned.
  2. ^ Democrat Karla Bigham (District 54) was elected on February 12, 2018, to replace Dan Schoen.
  3. ^ Republican Senate President Michelle Fischbach (District 13) resigned to take the oath of office as lieutenant governor.


  1. ^ Coolican, J. Patrick. "Minn. Legislature to receive pay hike". Star Tribune. Retrieved 10 July 2017.
  2. ^ Legislatures, National Conference of State. "Number of Legislators and Length of Terms in Years". www.ncsl.org. Retrieved 2017-11-21.
  3. ^ "Creation and Organization of Executive Branch Agencies". Minnesota House of Representatives Research Department. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  4. ^ "Minn. Const. art. IV, § 3". Constitution of the State of Minnesota. Retrieved January 24, 2013.
  5. ^ "Minn. Const. art. IV, § 4". Constitution of the State of Minnesota. Retrieved January 24, 2013.
  6. ^ "President and President Pro Tempore of the Minnesota Senate, 1849-present". Minnesota Legislative Reference Library. Retrieved January 24, 2013.
  7. ^ Davis, Don (January 11, 2016). "Minnesota Senate Building quietly opens in spite of disagree..." Forum News Service. Retrieved 2017-11-21.
  8. ^ "After controversy, new Minnesota Senate Office Building finally opens". Twin Cities. 2016-01-11. Retrieved 2017-11-23.
  9. ^ "Party Control of the Minnesota Senate, 1951-present". Minnesota Legislative Reference Library. Retrieved August 12, 2016.
  10. ^ "Minnesota Legislators Past & Present - Session Search Results". Legislators Past & Present. Minnesota Legislative Reference Library. Retrieved September 16, 2016.

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