91st Minnesota Legislature

The Ninety-first Minnesota Legislature is the legislature of the U.S. state of Minnesota from January 8, 2019 to January 4, 2021. It is composed of the Senate and House of Representatives, based on the results of the 2016 Senate election and 2018 House election. It first convened and began its regular session in Saint Paul on January 8, 2019. Its regular session in 2019 ended on May 20. It will reconvene its regular session on February 11, 2020,[1] and end not later than May 18, 2020, as required by the Minnesota Constitution.

91st Minnesota Legislature
90th
Overview
TermJanuary 8, 2019 (2019-01-08) – January 4, 2021 (2021-01-04)
Senate
Members67 senators
PresidentJeremy Miller (R)
Majority LeaderPaul Gazelka (R)
Minority LeaderTom Bakk (DFL)
House of Representatives
Members134 representatives
SpeakerMelissa Hortman (DFL)
Majority LeaderRyan Winkler (DFL)
Minority LeaderKurt Daudt (R)
Sessions
2019January 8, 2019 (2019-01-08) – May 20, 2019 (2019-05-20)
2020Reconvenes February 11, 2020
Special sessions
2019, 1stMay 24, 2019 (2019-05-24) – May 25, 2019 (2019-05-25)

A special session was held from May 24 to 25, 2019, to pass bills enacting the state budget following an agreement between the governor and legislative leaders during the final weekend of the regular session in 2019.[2]

Major events

Major legislation

Enacted

Proposed

Boldface indicates the bill was passed by its house of origin.

Political composition

Resignations and new members are discussed in the "Changes in membership" section below.

Senate

Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Total Vacant
Republican Democratic–
Farmer–Labor
End of the previous Legislature 34 32 66 1
Begin (January 8, 2019) 34 32 66 1
February 13, 2019 35 67 0
Latest voting share 52.2% 47.8%

House of Representatives

Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Total Vacant
Democratic–
Farmer–Labor
Republican
Republican
Caucus
New Republican
Caucus[nb 1]
End of the previous Legislature 55 75 0 130 4
Begin (January 8, 2019) 74 55 4 133 1
January 10, 2019[nb 2] 75 134 0
February 12, 2019[nb 3] 54 133 1
March 27, 2019[nb 4] 55 134 0
November 16, 2019[nb 5] 74 133 1
December 6, 2019 [nb 6] 54 132 2
Latest voting share 56% 40.3% 3%

Leadership

This article is part of a series on the
politics and government of
Minnesota
Constitution

Senate

Majority (Republican) leadership

Minority (DFL) leadership

House of Representatives

Majority (DFL) leadership

Minority (Republican) leadership

Members

For full lists of members of the 91st Minnesota Legislature, see Minnesota Senate and Minnesota House of Representatives.

House of Representatives

On December 8, 2018, four Republican members of the House (Reps. Steve Drazkowski of Mazeppa, Cal Bahr of East Bethel, Tim Miller of Prinsburg, Jeremy Munson of Lake Crystal) announced that they would not join the Republican caucus in the 91st Legislature and instead would form a new caucus, called the "New Republican Caucus." They cited displeasure with "the attitudes and actions by [Leader Daudt] and some of his supporters" and said they still consider themselves to be members of the Republican Party.[35]

Changes in membership

Senate

District Vacator Reason for change Successor Date successor
seated
11 Tony Lourey (DFL) Resigned effective on January 3, 2019, to become commissioner of human services.[36]
A special election was held on February 5, 2019.
Jason Rarick (R) February 13, 2019

House of Representatives

District Vacator Reason for change Successor Date successor
seated
57A Vacant Hospitalized due to an infection.[37] Robert Bierman (DFL) January 10, 2019
11B Jason Rarick (R) Resigned effective on February 12, 2019, to assume Minnesota Senate seat.[38]
A special election was held on March 19, 2019.
Nathan Nelson (R) March 27, 2019
60A Diane Loeffler (DFL) Died in office.
A special election will be held February 4th, 2020, a week before the legislature reconvenes.[39]
TBD TBD
30A Nick Zerwas (R) Resigned on December 6th, citing health concerns and needing to provide for his family.[40]
A special election will be held February 4th, 2020, a week before the legislature reconvenes[39]
TBD TBD

Committees

Senate

Committee[41] Chair Vice Chair DFL Lead
Agriculture, Rural Development, and Housing Finance Torrey Westrom Mark Johnson Kari Dziedzic
Agriculture, Rural Development, and Housing Policy Bill Weber Mike Goggin Foung Hawj
Capital Investment Dave Senjem Scott Newman Sandy Pappas
Commerce and Consumer Protection Finance and Policy Gary Dahms Karin Housley Dan Sparks
E–12 Education Finance and Policy Carla Nelson Gary Dahms Chuck Wiger
Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy David Osmek Andrew Mathews Erik Simonson
Environment and Natural Resources Finance Bill Ingebrigtsen Carrie Ruud David Tomassoni
Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Legacy Finance Carrie Ruud Bill Weber Chris Eaton
Family Care and Aging Karin Housley Jerry Relph Kent Eken
Finance Julie Rosen Bill Ingebrigtsen Dick Cohen
Health and Human Services Finance and Policy Michelle Benson Scott Jensen John Marty
Higher Education Finance and Policy Paul Anderson Rich Draheim Greg Clausen
Human Services Reform Finance and Policy Jim Abeler Paul Utke Jeff Hayden
Jobs and Economic Growth Finance and Policy Eric Pratt Justin Eichorn Bobby Joe Champion
Judiciary and Public Safety Finance and Policy Warren Limmer Dan Hall Ron Latz
Local Government Dan Hall Bruce Anderson Patricia Torres Ray
Rules and Administration Paul Gazelka Michelle Benson Tom Bakk
Subcommittees[42] Committees Paul Gazelka
Conference Committees Paul Gazelka
Ethical Conduct Jeremy Miller
Litigation Expenses Scott Newman
Permanent and Joint Rules[nb 7] Jeremy Miller
State Government Finance and Policy and Elections Mary Kiffmeyer Mark Koran Jim Carlson
Taxes Roger Chamberlain Dave Senjem Ann Rest
Transportation Finance and Policy Scott Newman John Jasinski Scott Dibble
Veterans and Military Affairs Finance and Policy Bruce Anderson Andrew Lang Jerry Newton

House of Representatives

Committee[44] Chair Vice Chair Republican Lead
Commerce Laurie Halverson Zack Stephenson Tim O'Driscoll
Education Policy Cheryl Youakim Mary Kunesh-Podein Sondra Erickson
Environment and Natural Resources Policy John Persell Jamie Becker-Finn Dale Lueck
Ethics Mary Murphy Sondra Erickson
Government Operations Mike Freiberg Duane Sauke Nick Zerwas
Subcommittees Elections Raymond Dehn Kristin Bahner Jim Nash
Local Government Sandra Masin Steve Elkins Joe McDonald
Health and Human Services Policy Rena Moran Kelly Morrison Deb Kiel
Labor Mike Sundin Erin Koegel Jason Rarick[nb 8]
Bob Vogel[nb 9]
Rules and Legislative Administration Ryan Winkler Kaohly Her Kurt Daudt
Subcommittee Legislative Process Reform Gene Pelowski Linda Runbeck
Taxes Paul Marquart Dave Lislegard Greg Davids
Division Property and Local Tax Vacant Samantha Vang Jerry Hertaus
Ways and Means Lyndon Carlson Liz Olson Pat Garofalo
Divisions Agriculture and Food Finance and Policy Jeanne Poppe Jeff Brand Rod Hamilton
Capital Investment Mary Murphy Fue Lee Dean Urdahl
Education Finance Jim Davnie Julie Sandstede Ron Kresha
Subdivision Early Childhood Finance and Policy Dave Pinto Carlie Kotyza-Witthuhn Mary Franson
Environment and Natural Resources Finance Rick Hansen Anne Claflin Dan Fabian
Subdivision Water Peter Fischer Steve Sandell Josh Heintzeman
Energy and Climate Finance and Policy Jean Wagenius Jamie Long Chris Swedzinski
Greater Minnesota Jobs and Economic Development Finance Gene Pelowski Ben Lien Paul Anderson
Health and Human Services Finance Tina Liebling Alice Mann Joe Schomacker
Subdivisions Early Childhood Finance and Policy Dave Pinto Carlie Kotyza-Witthuhn Mary Franson
Long-Term Care Jennifer Schultz Todd Lippert Glenn Gruenhagen
Higher Education Finance and Policy Connie Bernardy Laurie Pryor Bud Nornes
Housing Finance and Policy Alice Hausman Michael Howard Tama Theis
Jobs and Economic Development Finance Tim Mahoney Mohamud Noor Bob Gunther
Judiciary Finance and Civil Law John Lesch Kelly Moller Peggy Scott
Legacy Finance Leon Lillie Ami Wazlawik Josh Heintzeman
Public Safety and Criminal Justice Reform Finance and Policy Carlos Mariani Heather Edelson Brian Johnson
Subdivision Corrections Jack Considine Dan Wolgamott Marion O'Neill
State Government Finance Mike Nelson Andrew Carlson Tony Albright
Transportation Finance and Policy Frank Hornstein Brad Tabke Paul Torkelson
Veterans and Military Affairs Finance and Policy Rob Ecklund Jay Xiong Bob Dettmer

Administrative officers

Senate

  • Secretary: Cal Ludeman[28]
  • First Assistant Secretary: Colleen Pacheco[28]
  • Second Assistant Secretary: Mike Linn[28]
  • Engrossing Secretary: Melissa Mapes[28]
  • Sergeant at Arms: Sven Lindquist[28]
  • Assistant Sergeant at Arms: Marilyn Logan[28]
  • Chaplain: Mike Smith[28]

House of Representatives

  • Chief Clerk: Patrick Murphy[31]
  • First Assistant Chief Clerk: Tim Johnson[31]
  • Second Assistant Chief Clerk: Gail Romanowski[31]
  • Chief Sergeant at Arms: Bob Meyerson[31]
  • Assistant Sergeant at Arms: Erica Brynildson[31]
  • Assistant Sergeant at Arms: Andrew Olson[31]
  • Index Clerk: Carl Hamre[31]

Notes

  1. Four Republicans announced on December 8, 2018, they would not join the Republican caucus in the 91st Legislature and would instead form their own caucus, the "New House Republican Caucus."[22]
  2. District 57A DFL member Robert Bierman assumed office after being hospitalized due to an infection.[23]
  3. District 11B Republican incumbent Jason Rarick resigned to assume seat in the Minnesota Senate after winning a special election on February 5, 2019.[24]
  4. Republican Nathan Nelson won a special election in District 11B on March 19, 2019.[25]
  5. DFL member Diane Loeffler died on November 16, 2019.
  6. Republican Nick Zerwas resigns, citing health concerns[26]
  7. Established January 30, 2019.[43]
  8. Until February 12, 2019.
  9. Since February 13, 2019.[45]

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  4. Phaneuf, Taryn (May 10, 2019). "Legislature chooses four new University of Minnesota regents". MinnPost. Retrieved May 23, 2019.
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  43. "Monday, February 4, 2019" (PDF). Journal of the Senate. Minnesota Senate. p. 237. Retrieved May 23, 2019.
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  45. "Fifth Meeting, Committee on Labor". Minnesota House of Representatives. Retrieved May 23, 2019.
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