Warren Limmer

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Warren Limmer
Minnesota State Senator Warren Limmer, 2017.png
President of the Minnesota Senate
In office
May 25, 2018 – January 7, 2019
Preceded byMichelle Fischbach
Succeeded byJeremy Miller
President pro tempore of the Minnesota Senate
In office
January 3, 2017 – January 7, 2019
Preceded byAnn Rest
Succeeded byMary Kiffmeyer
Member of the Minnesota Senate
from the 34th district
33rd (1995–2003), 32nd (2003–2013)
Assumed office
February 13, 1995
Preceded byPat McGowan
Member of the Minnesota House of Representatives
from the 33B district
48A (1989–1993)
In office
January 3, 1989 – February 13, 1995
Preceded byDale Clausnitzer
Succeeded byRich Stanek
Personal details
Born (1955-01-24) January 24, 1955 (age 64)
Sioux Falls, South Dakota, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
EducationNorth Hennepin Community College
St. Cloud State University (BA)

Warren E. Limmer (born January 24, 1955) is a Minnesota politician and member of the Minnesota Senate. A member of the Republican Party of Minnesota, he represents the 34th District, which includes portions of Hennepin County in the northwestern Twin Cities metropolitan area. Limmer previously served in the Minnesota House of Representatives, and in 1998 he sought the Republican endorsement for Minnesota Secretary of State, losing to Mary Kiffmeyer. He was the author of the 2012 Minnesota constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage.

Early life, education, and career[edit]

Limmer attended North Hennepin Community College, where he received an A.A., and St. Cloud State University, where he received a B.A. in criminal justice studies. He worked as a corrections officer before serving in the legislature. Limmer is a former member of the Hennepin County Corrections Advisory Commission and the Crystal Human Rights Commission[citation needed]. He now works as a real estate agent.[citation needed].

Minnesota Legislature[edit]

Before being elected to the Minnesota Senate, Limmer was a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, first elected in 1988 in the old House District 48A, and reelected in 1990, 1992 and 1994. After the 1992 redistricting, the area became House District 33B.[1]

Limmer was first elected to the Senate in a February 1995 special election held after Senator Patrick McGowan resigned upon being elected Hennepin County Sheriff. Limmer has been continuously reelected since, running unopposed in 2010.[2] He served as an assistant minority leader from 2005 to 2006.[1] His special legislative concerns include criminal justice, public education, safe school legislation, economic development, and tax reform.[1]

On April 27, 2011, Limmer introduced a bill to propose a referendum on an amendment to the Minnesota Constitution banning same-sex marriage.[3] The bill passed, and Minnesota voters rejected the amendment in the 2012 general election by six percentage points.[4][5]

Also in 2012 voters rejected Republicans' attempt to require government-issued identification to vote,[citation needed] siding with amendment opponents who argued that Voter ID would disproportionately suppress votes of immigrants, the elderly, disabled people and communities of color,[6] and elected a Democratic majority in both the House and Senate, throwing Republicans out after only two years in the majority in both chambers—a result considered[according to whom?] to be electoral backlash to Republican overreach.[7]

In the following legislative session DFL Senator Scott Dibble and DFL Representative Karen Clark introducted bills to legalize same-sex marriage in Minnesota.[8] The Minnesota House of Representatives voted 75-59 in favor of legalization.[9] A few days later, after debate on the Senate floor,[10] the body also voted for legalization, 37-30.[11] On May 14, 2013, in front of a crowd of 7,000 people on the Capitol Mall in St. Paul, Governor Mark Dayton signed Dibble's and Clark's marriage equality bill into law, making Minnesota the 12th state to legalize gay marriage.[12]

Limmer opposes universal background checks for gun purchases. As chair of the Senate Judiciary's public safety committee, he has refused to allow any hearings on gun safety.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Limmer and his wife Lori live in Maple Grove and have three children.[14]


  1. ^ a b c "Legislator Record - Limmer, Warren E". Minnesota Legislators Past & Present. Retrieved December 8, 2012.
  2. ^ "State Senator District: 32 - 2010 results". Minnesota Secretary of State. Retrieved December 8, 2012.
  3. ^ "Senate File 1308, 87th Legislature (2011 - 2012)". Minnesota Senate. Retrieved July 16, 2014.
  4. ^ "Minnesota voters reject marriage amendment". MPR. Retrieved May 24, 2013.
  5. ^ "Minnesota Same-Sex Marriage Amendment, Amendment 1 (2012)". Ballotpedia. Retrieved May 25, 2013.
  6. ^ "Minnesota Voter Identification Amendment, Amendment 2 (2012)". Ballotpedia. Retrieved May 25, 2013.
  7. ^ "Same-sex marriage and the beginning and end of Minnesota politics: A tale of four circles". Twin Cities Daily Planet. Retrieved May 25, 2013.
  8. ^ "Senate Republicans try to block same-sex marriage bill". MPR News. Retrieved May 25, 2013.
  9. ^ http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/votes/votes.asp?ls_year=88&billnum=HF1054&session_number=0&year=2013&id=533
  10. ^ "Minnesota Senate joins House in approving same-sex marriage". MinnPost. Retrieved May 25, 2013.
  11. ^ "Minnesota Senate Votes to Allow Same-Sex Marriage". ABC News. Retrieved May 25, 2013.
  12. ^ "Minnesota now 12th state to approve gay marriage". NBC News. Retrieved May 25, 2013.
  13. ^ Jones, Hannah. "Sen. Warren Limmer's human blockade of gun control in Minnesota". City Pages. Retrieved March 14, 2019.
  14. ^ "Senator Warren Limmer Biography". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved December 8, 2012.

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Minnesota Senate
Preceded by
Ann Rest
President pro tempore of the Minnesota Senate
Succeeded by
Mary Kiffmeyer
Political offices
Preceded by
Michelle Fischbach
President of the Minnesota Senate

Succeeded by
Jeremy Miller