Melissa Hortman, a seven-term lawmaker from Brooklyn Park, was chosen by the DFL caucus to be the next speaker of the Minnesota House
. Hortman had previously served as minority leader. DFLers also chose Ryan Winkler, newly-elected representative from Golden Valley, to be their majority leader during the upcoming biennium. Liz Olson of Duluth was elected as the majority whip.
The DFL gained control of the House on Nov. 6 by flipping 18 seats to gain a 75-59 majority.
The GOP retained control of the Minnesota Senate, where they have a 34-33 advantage. As such, Senate Republicans unanimously re-elected Paul Gazelka of Nisswa as majority leader and chose Jeremy Miller of Winona to be the next Senate president. Democrat Tom Bakk, who represents the Iron Range, remains Senate minority leader.
Voter turnout is typically strong
in Minnesota; an estimated 64 percent of eligible voters participated in this year’s midterm election. Voters gave the Northstar State another unique distinction: Minnesota has the only split legislature
in the country. The 91st legislative session begins Jan 8.