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Larry Pogemiller

Assumed office 
January 2007
Preceded by Dean Johnson

Minnesota State Senator from the 59th District
Assumed office 
January 1993
Preceded by Allan Spear

Minnesota State Senator from the 58th District
In office
January 1983 – January 1993
Preceded by Eric D. Petty
Succeeded by Carl W. Kroening

In office
January 1981 – January 1983
Preceded by Stan Fudro
Succeeded by Connie Levi

Born September 18, 1951 (1951-09-18) (age 58)
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Political party DFL
Domestic partner Jill
Children Sky Li and Jia Xin
Residence Minneapolis, Minnesota
Alma mater University of Minnesota, Harvard University
Occupation system project analyst, legislator
Religion Roman Catholic

Lawrence "Larry" J. Pogemiller (born September 18, 1951) is a politician from Minnesota, and a member of the Minnesota Senate. A Democrat, he represents District 59, and currently serves as the senate's majority leader. As majority leader, he is chair of the Senate Rules Committee and its subcommittees, and also serves on the Senate Tax Committee.

Pogemiller was born in Minneapolis and graduated from DeLaSalle High School in 1969. He was first elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 1980, serving as the representative of District 55A from 1981-1983. After serving one term, he was elected to the senate, serving the old District 58 prior to the 1992 redistricting and, thereafter, District 59.

Pogemiller is known for his combative leadership style.[1] Reporter Tom Scheck of Minnesota Public Radio called him "a brilliant and combative political tactician who often speaks his mind".[2] Former Minnesota House Speaker Steve Sviggum called him "a very frustrating individual as he runs the clock past midnight all the time." Pogemiller has a rocky relationship with Republican Governor of Minnesota Tim Pawlenty.[3]



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