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The Minnesota Senate is the upper house in the Minnesota Legislature. There are 67 members, half as many as are in the Minnesota House of Representatives. Each Senate district in the state includes an A and B House district (e.g. Senate district 32 contains House districts 32A and 32B). The Minnesota Constitution forbids a House district to be within more than one Senate district. Before the 1960s, Senators were apportioned by county, resulting in the underrepresentation of those in cities. From statehood through 1972 the Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota served as President of the Senate. In 1972 the voters approved a constitutional amendment that provided for the senate to elect its own president from among its members effective January 1973. Functionally, the leadership in the Senate is vested in the Majority Leader.

Members are elected to four year terms in years ending in 2 and 6, and for two year terms in years ending in 0. Districts are redrawn after the census in time for the primary and general elections in years ending in 2. The state legislature is located in the Minnesota State Capitol building in Saint Paul, Minnesota.


Current session

Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Democratic-Farmer Labor Republican Vacant
End of previous legislature 45 22 67 0
Begin 46 21 67 0
Latest voting share 68.7% 31.3%

The 2007-2008 Session, of the 85th Minnesota Legislature, first convened on January 3, 2007. May 21, 2007. The second session began February 12, 2008 and ended in May. The Senate reconvened on January 7, 2009.

President of the Senate
James Metzen (DFL - South St. Paul)
Majority Leader
Lawrence "Larry" Pogemiller (DFL - Minneapolis)
Minority Leader
David Senjem (R - Rochester)

Members: 2009-2010

District Name Party Residence
1 Leroy Stumpf DFL Thief River Falls
2 Rod Skoe DFL Clearbrook
3 Tom Saxhaug DFL Grand Rapids
4 Mary Olson DFL Bemidji
5 Dave Tomassoni DFL Chisholm
6 Tom Bakk DFL Cook
7 Yvonne Prettner Solon DFL Duluth
8 Tony Lourey DFL Kerrick
9 Keith Langseth DFL Glyndon
10 Dan Skogen DFL Hewitt
11 Bill Ingebrigtsen Rep Alexandria
12 Paul Koering Rep Fort Ripley
13 Joe Gimse Rep Willmar
14 Michelle Fischbach Rep Paynesville
15 Tarryl Clark DFL St. Cloud
16 Lisa Fobbe DFL Zimmerman
17 Rick Olseen DFL Harris
18 Steve Dille Rep Dassel
19 Amy Koch Rep Buffalo
20 Gary Kubly DFL Granite Falls
21 Dennis Frederickson Rep New Ulm
22 Jim Vickerman DFL Tracy
23 Kathy Sheran DFL Mankato
24 Julie Rosen Rep Fairmont
25 Kevin Dahle DFL Northfield
26 Dick Day Rep Owatonna
27 Dan Sparks DFL Austin
28 Steve Murphy DFL Red Wing
29 David Senjem Rep Rochester
30 Ann Lynch DFL Rochester
31 Sharon Erickson Ropes DFL Winona
32 Warren Limmer Rep Maple Grove
33 Gen Olson Rep Minnetrista
34 Julianne Ortman Rep Chanhassen
35 Claire Robling Rep Jordan
36 Pat Pariseau Rep Farmington
37 Chris Gerlach Rep Apple Valley
38 Jim Carlson DFL Eagan
39 James Metzen DFL South Saint Paul
40 John Doll DFL Burnsville
41 Geoff Michel Rep Edina
42 David Hann Rep Eden Prairie
43 Terri Bonoff DFL Hopkins
44 Ron Latz DFL St. Louis Park
45 Ann Rest DFL New Hope
46 Linda Scheid DFL Brooklyn Park
47 Leo Foley DFL Coon Rapids
48 Mike Jungbauer Rep East Bethel
49 Debbie Johnson Rep Ham Lake
50 Satveer Chaudhary DFL Fridley
51 Don Betzold DFL Fridley
52 Ray Vandeveer Rep Forest Lake
53 Sandy Rummel DFL White Bear Lake
54 John Marty DFL Roseville
55 Charles Wiger DFL Maplewood
56 Kathy Saltzman DFL Woodbury
57 Katie Sieben DFL Newport
58 Linda Higgins DFL Minneapolis
59 Lawrence Pogemiller DFL Minneapolis
60 D. Scott Dibble DFL Minneapolis
61 Linda Berglin DFL Minneapolis
62 Patricia Torres Ray DFL Minneapolis
63 Ken Kelash DFL Minneapolis
64 Dick Cohen DFL Saint Paul
65 Sandy Pappas DFL Saint Paul
66 Ellen Anderson DFL Saint Paul
67 Mee Moua DFL Saint Paul

Lisa Fobbe won a special election in District 16 on November 4, 2008 to succeed Republican Betsy Wergin, who resigned on July 28, 2008, after being appointed to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission.

Ken Kelash won a special election on in District 63 on November 4, 2008, to succeed Democrat Dan Larson, who resigned effective November 5, 2008, to accept a position with Lockridge, Grindal and Nauen, a law and lobbying firm in Minneapolis.

Previous sessions

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