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. 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.
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.
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. 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. The majority leader is responsible for managing and scheduling the business of the Senate and serves as the leader of their caucus.
All senators and staff have offices in the Minnesota Senate Building, a 293,000 square feet office building that opened in January 2016. 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.
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|December 15, 2017[nb 1]||32||66||1|
|February 20, 2018[nb 2]||33||67||0|
|Latest voting share||50.7%||49.3%|
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|1||Mark Johnson||Republican||East Grand Forks||2016|
|2||Paul Utke||Republican||Park Rapids||2016|
|4||Kent Eken||DFL||Twin Valley||2012|
|5||Justin Eichorn||Republican||Grand Rapids||2016|
|10||Carrie Ruud||Republican||Breezy Point||2002, 2012†|
|12||Torrey Westrom||Republican||Elbow Lake||2012|
|14||Jerry Relph||Republican||St. Cloud||2016|
|16||Gary Dahms||Republican||Redwood Falls||2010|
|19||Nick Frentz||DFL||North Mankato||2016|
|20||Rich Draheim||Republican||Madison Lake||2016|
|21||Mike Goggin||Republican||Red Wing||2016|
|23||Julie Rosen||Republican||Vernon Center||2002|
|30||Mary Kiffmeyer||Republican||Big Lake||2012|
|31||Michelle Benson||Republican||Ham Lake||2010|
|32||Mark Koran||Republican||North Branch||2016|
|34||Warren Limmer||Republican||Maple Grove||1995*|
|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|
|45||Ann Rest||DFL||New Hope||2000|
|46||Ron Latz||DFL||St. Louis Park||2006|
|48||Steve Cwodzinski||DFL||Eden Prairie||2016|
|50||Melissa Halvorson Wiklund||DFL||Bloomington||2012|
|51||Jim Carlson||DFL||Eagan||2006, 2012†|
|52||Matt Klein||DFL||Mendota Heights||2016|
|54||Karla Bigham||DFL||Cottage Grove||2018*|
|55||Eric Pratt||Republican||Prior Lake||2012|
|57||Greg Clausen||DFL||Apple Valley||2012|
|59||Bobby Joe Champion||DFL||Minneapolis||2012|
|63||Patricia Torres Ray||DFL||Minneapolis||2006|
|64||Dick Cohen||DFL||Saint Paul||1986|
|65||Sandy Pappas||DFL||Saint Paul||1990|
|67||Foung Hawj||DFL||Saint Paul||2012|