Minnesota State House

Minnesota  State House


The Minnesota House of Representatives is the lower house of the Legislature of the U.S. state of Minnesota. There are 134 members, twice as many as the Minnesota Senate. Floor sessions are held in the north wing of the State Capitol in Saint Paul. Offices for members and staff, as well as most committee hearings, are located in the nearby State Office Building.

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The Minnesota House of Representatives is the lower house of the U.S. state of Minnesota's legislature. It operates in conjunction with the Minnesota Senate, the state's upper house, to craft and pass legislation, which is then subject to approval by the governor of Minnesota.

Established in 1858, the Minnesota House of Representatives has 134 members elected from single-member districts across the state. Representatives serve two-year terms without term limits, with all seats up for election every two years. The House is led by the Speaker, who is elected by members of the House, while political party leadership is governed by the Majority and Minority Leaders.

The Minnesota House of Representatives meets in the north wing of the State Capitol in Saint Paul. Member and staff offices, as well as most committee hearings, are in the nearby State Office Building.


The Minnesota House of Representatives was officially established on May 11, 1858, when Minnesota was admitted as the 32nd state in the Union. It replaced the Minnesota Territorial Legislature. It was formed alongside the Minnesota Senate to create the Minnesota State Legislature, the bicameral legislative body of the state.

In 1913, Minnesota legislators began to be elected on nonpartisan ballots. While campaigning and caucusing, legislators identified themselves as "Liberals" or "Conservatives." In 1973, a law change brought party designations back, beginning with the 1974 Minnesota House of Representatives election.[2]

After the Nineteenth Amendment was ratified in 1920, women were eligible for election to the legislature. In 1922, Mabeth Hurd Paige, Hannah Kempfer, Sue Metzger Dickey Hough, and Myrtle Cain were elected to the House of Representatives.[3] As of 2023, a record-high 54 women serve in the House.[4]


Each Senate district is divided in half and given the suffix A or B (for example, House district 32B is in Senate district 32). Members are elected to two-year terms.[5] 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 on November 8, 2022.


93rd Minnesota Legislature (2023–2025)
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
End of the previous Legislature70641340
Begin 202370641340
September 1, 2023[6]691331
December 5, 2023[7]701340
February 11, 2024[8]631331
March 19, 2024[9]641340
May 28, 2024[10]691331
Latest voting share51.9%48.1%

Members, 2023–24

House districts by party

The 2023–24 Minnesota Legislature was sworn into office on January 3, 2023 with 70 DFL members and 64 Republican members.[11]

The effects of redistricting and a large number of retirements at the end of the previous session resulted in 39 races without an incumbent. 16 races went uncontested, all in noncompetitive districts. In the 2022 Minnesota House of Representatives elections, eight incumbents lost, with five Republicans and three DFLers failing to be reelected.[11]

The 2023-24 class of representatives has 47 newly elected members, or 35% of the total membership. Of those 47, 25 are Republican and 19 are DFL. Three former DFL members returned to the chamber for non-consecutive terms (Jeff Brand, Jerry Newton and Brad Tabke).[11]

On September 1, 2023, DFL Representative Ruth Richardson announced her resignation, effective immediately, from the House to focus on her role at Planned Parenthood.[12] In a special election held on December 5, DFL nominee Bianca Virnig won the seat by 17 points.[13]

On February 11, 2024, Republican Representative Kurt Daudt resigned.[14] In a special election held on March 19, 2024, Republican nominee Bryan Lawrence won the seat by 69 points.[15]

On May 28, 2024, DFL Representative Heather Edelson resigned after being elected to the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners.[16]

DistrictNamePartyResidenceFirst elected
1AJohn BurkelRepublicanBadger2020
BDeb KielRepublicanCrookston2010
2AMatt GrossellRepublicanClearbrook2016
BMatt BlissRepublicanPennington2016
3ARoger SkrabaRepublicanEly2022
BNatalie ZeleznikarRepublicanFredenberg Township2022
4AHeather KeelerDFLMoorhead2020
BJim JoyRepublicanHawley2022
5AKrista KnudsenRepublicanLake Shore2022
BMike WienerRepublicanLong Prairie2022
6ABen DavisRepublicanMerrifield2022
BJosh HeintzemanRepublicanNisswa2014
7ASpencer IgoRepublicanGrand Rapids2020
BDave LislegardDFLAurora2018
8ALiz OlsonDFLDuluth2016
BAlicia KozlowskiDFLDuluth2022
9AJeff BackerRepublicanBrowns Valley2014
BTom MurphyRepublicanUnderwood2022
10ARon KreshaRepublicanLittle Falls2012
BIsaac SchultzRepublicanElmdale Township2022
11AJeff DotsethRepublicanKettle River2022
BNathan NelsonRepublicanHinckley2019[nb 1]
12APaul AndersonRepublicanStarbuck2008
BMary FransonRepublicanAlexandria2010
13ALisa DemuthRepublicanCold Spring2018
BTim O'DriscollRepublicanSartell2010
14ABernie PerrymanRepublicanSt. Augusta2022
BDan WolgamottDFLSt. Cloud2018
15AChris SwedzinskiRepublicanGhent2010
BPaul TorkelsonRepublicanHanska2008
16ADean UrdahlRepublicanGrove City2002
BDave BakerRepublicanWillmar2014
17ADawn GillmanRepublicanDassel2022
BBobbie HarderRepublicanHenderson2022
18AJeff BrandDFLSt. Peter2018
BLuke FrederickDFLMankato2020
19ABrian DanielsRepublicanFaribault2014
BJohn PetersburgRepublicanWaseca2012
20APam AltendorfRepublicanRed Wing2022
BSteven JacobRepublicanAltura2022
21AJoe SchomackerRepublicanLuverne2010
BMarj FogelmanRepublicanFulda2022
22ABjorn OlsonRepublicanElmore2020
BBrian PfarrRepublicanLe Sueur2020
23APeggy BennettRepublicanAlbert Lea2014
BPatricia MuellerRepublicanAustin2020
24ADuane QuamRepublicanByron2010
BTina LieblingDFLRochester2004
25AKim HicksDFLRochester2022
BAndy SmithDFLRochester2022
26AGene PelowskiDFLWinona1986
BGreg DavidsRepublicanPreston1991[nb 2]
27AShane MekelandRepublicanClear Lake2018
BBryan LawrenceRepublicanPrinceton2024[nb 1]
28ABrian JohnsonRepublicanCastle Rock2012
BAnne NeuRepublicanNorth Branch2017[nb 1]
29AJoe McDonaldRepublicanDelano2010
BMarion O'NeillRepublicanMaple Lake2012
30AWalter HudsonRepublicanAlbertville2022
BPaul NovotnyRepublicanElk River2020[nb 1]
31AHarry NiskaRepublicanRamsey2022
BPeggy ScottRepublicanAndover2008
32ANolan WestRepublicanBlaine2016
BMatt NorrisDFLBlaine2022
33APatti AndersonRepublicanDellwood2022
BJosiah HillDFLStillwater2022
34ADanny NadeauRepublicanRogers2022
BMelissa HortmanDFLBrooklyn Park2004
35AZack StephensonDFLCoon Rapids2018
BJerry NewtonDFLCoon Rapids2009
36AElliott EngenRepublicanWhite Bear Township2022
BBrion CurranDFLVadnais Heights2022
37AKristin RobbinsRepublicanMaple Grove2018
BKristin BahnerDFLMaple Grove2018
38AMike NelsonDFLBrooklyn Park2002
BSamantha VangDFLBrooklyn Center2018
39AErin KoegelDFLSpring Lake Park2016
BSandra FeistDFLNew Brighton2020
40AKelly MollerDFLShoreview2018
BJamie Becker-FinnDFLRoseville2016
41AMark WiensRepublicanLake Elmo2022
BShane HudellaRepublicanHastings2022
42ANed CarrollDFLPlymouth2022
BGinny KlevornDFLPlymouth2018
43ACedrick FrazierDFLNew Hope2020
BMike FreibergDFLGolden Valley2012
44APeter FischerDFLMaplewood2012
BLeon LillieDFLNorth St. Paul2004
45AAndrew MyersRepublicanMinnetonka Beach2022
BPatty AcombDFLMinnetonka2018
46ALarry KraftDFLSt. Louis Park2022
BCheryl YouakimDFLHopkins2014
47AAmanda Hemmingsen-JaegerDFLWoodbury2022
BEthan ChaDFLWoodbury2022
48AJim NashRepublicanWaconia2014
BLucy RehmDFLChanhassen2022
49ALaurie PryorDFLMinnetonka2016
BCarlie Kotyza-WitthuhnDFLEden Prairie2018
BSteve ElkinsDFLBloomington2018
51AMichael HowardDFLRichfield2018
BNathan CoulterDFLBloomington2022
52ALiz ReyerDFLEagan2020
BBianca VirnigDFLEgan2023[nb 1]
53AMary Frances ClardyDFLInver Grove Heights2022
BRick HansenDFLSouth St. Paul2004
54ABrad TabkeDFLShakopee2018
BBen BakebergRepublicanJordan2022
55AJessica HansonDFLBurnsville2020
BKaela BergDFLBurnsville2020
56ARobert BiermanDFLApple Valley2018
BJohn HuotDFLRosemount2018
57AJon KoznickRepublicanLakeville2014
BJeff WitteRepublicanLakeville2022
58AKristi PursellDFLNorthfield2022
BPat GarofaloRepublicanFarmington2004
59AFue LeeDFLMinneapolis2016
BEsther AgbajeDFLMinneapolis2020
60ASydney JordanDFLMinneapolis2020[nb 1]
BMohamud NoorDFLMinneapolis2018
61AFrank HornsteinDFLMinneapolis2002
BJamie LongDFLMinneapolis2018
62AAisha GomezDFLMinneapolis2018
BHodan HassanDFLMinneapolis2018
63ASamantha Sencer-MuraDFLMinneapolis2022
BEmma GreenmanDFLMinneapolis2020
64AKaohly HerDFLSaint Paul2018
BDave PintoDFLSaint Paul2014
65ASamakab HusseinDFLSaint Paul2022
BMaría Isa Pérez-VegaDFLSaint Paul2022
66ALeigh FinkeDFLSaint Paul2022
BAthena HollinsDFLSaint Paul2020
67ALiz LeeDFLSaint Paul2022
BJay XiongDFLSaint Paul2018

Historical composition


Past notable members

  • Wendell R. Anderson, U.S. senator from Minnesota (1976–1978); 33rd governor of Minnesota (1971–1976)
  • Henry M. Arens, 26th lieutenant governor of Minnesota (1931–1933); U.S. representative from Minnesota's General Ticket Seat One district (1933–1935)
  • Thomas H. Armstrong, 5th lieutenant governor of Minnesota (1866–1870)
  • Alphonso Barto; 7th lieutenant governor of Minnesota (1874–1876)
  • Francis Baasen, 1st secretary of state of Minnesota 1(858–1860)
  • Joseph Bobleter, 8th treasurer of Minnesota (1887–1895)
  • Joseph A. A. Burnquist, 19th governor of Minnesota (1915–1921); 20th lieutenant governor of Minnesota (1913–1915); 21st attorney general of Minnesota (1939–1955)
  • Arne Carlson, 37th governor of Minnesota (1991–1999); 14th auditor of Minnesota (1979–1991)
  • Gordon E. Cole, 2nd attorney general of Minnesota (1860–1866)
  • William J. Colvill, 3rd attorney general of Minnesota (1866–1888); Union colonel during the U.S. Civil War (1861–1863)
  • Francis R. E. Cornell, 4th attorney general of Minnesota (1868–1874)
  • Cushman Kellogg Davis, U.S. senator from Minnesota (1887–1900); 7th governor of Minnesota (1874–1876)
  • Frank A. Day, 13th lieutenant governor of Minnesota (1895–1897)
  • Ignatius L. Donnelly, 2nd lieutenant governor of Minnesota (1860–1863); U.S. representative from Minnesota's 2nd district (1863–1869)
  • Wallace B. Douglas, 10th attorney general of Minnesota (1899–1904)
  • Robert C. Dunn, 6th auditor of Minnesota (1895–1903)
  • Alonzo J. Edgerton, U.S. senator from Minnesota (1881–1881)
  • Keith Ellison, 30th attorney general of Minnesota (2019–present); U.S. representative from Minnesota's 5th district (2007–2019); deputy chair of the Democratic National Committee (2017–2018)
  • Tom Emmer, U.S. House of Representatives majority whip (2023–present); chair of the National Republican Congressional Committee (2019–2023); U.S. representative from Minnesota's 6th district (2015–present)
  • Arlen Erdahl, 18th secretary of state of Minnesota (1971–1975); U.S. representative from Minnesota's 1st district (1979–1983)
  • Brad Finstad, U.S. representative from Minnesota's 1st district (2022–present)
  • Peggy Flanagan, 50th lieutenant governor of Minnesota (2019–present)
  • John L. Gibbs, 14th lieutenant governor of Minnesota (1897–1899)
  • Charles A. Gilman, 9th lieutenant governor of Minnesota (1880–1887)
  • Samuel Y. Gordon, 19th lieutenant governor of Minnesota (1911–1913)
  • Joan Growe, 19th secretary of state of Minnesota (1975–1999)
  • Gil Gutknecht, U.S. representative from Minnesota's 1st district (1995–2007)
  • Carl A. Halverson, 18th treasurer of Minnesota (1937–1939)
  • Douglas M. Head, 25th attorney general of Minnesota (1967–1971)
  • Samuel G. Iverson, 7th auditor of Minnesota (1903–1915)
  • Magnus Johnson, U.S. senator from Minnesota (1923–1925); U.S. representative from Minnesota's general ticket Seat Five district (1933–1935)
  • Mary Kiffmeyer, 20th secretary of state of Minnesota (1999–2007)
  • August T. Koerner, 9th treasurer of Minnesota (1895–1901)
  • Ernest Lundeen, U.S. senator from Minnesota (1937–1940); U.S. representative from Minnesota's 3rd district (1917–1919); U.S. representative from Minnesota's general ticket Seat Eight district (1933–1935); U.S. representative from Minnesota's 3rd district (1935–1937)
  • Betty McCollum, U.S. representative from Minnesota's 4th district (2001–present)
  • William Rush Merriam, 11th governor of Minnesota (1889–1893)
  • Stephen Miller, 4th governor of Minnesota (1864–1866)
  • Carol Molnau, 46th lieutenant governor of Minnesota (2003–2011)
  • Emil D. Munch, 3rd treasurer of Minnesota (1868–1872)
  • Rick Nolan, U.S. representative from Minnesota's 8th district (2013–2019); 6th district (1975–1981)
  • William I. Nolan, 26th lieutenant governor of Minnesota (1925–1929); U.S. representative from Minnesota's 5th district (1929–1933)
  • William O'Brien, 11th auditor of Minnesota (1969–1971)
  • Ilhan Omar, U.S. representative from Minnesota's 5th district (2019–present)
  • Rebecca Otto, 18th auditor of Minnesota (2007–2019)
  • Erik Paulsen, U.S. representative from Minnesota's 3rd district (2009–2019)
  • Tim Pawlenty, 39th governor of Minnesota (2003–2011)
  • Hjalmar Petersen, 23rd governor of Minnesota (1936–1937); 28th lieutenant governor of Minnesota
  • William Pfaender, 6th treasurer of Minnesota (1876–1880)
  • Albert F. Pratt, 16th attorney general of Minnesota (1927–1928)
  • Henry Rines 15th treasurer of Minnesota (1917–1925)
  • Dwight M. Sabin, U.S. senator from Minnesota (1883–1889); Chair of the Republican National Committee (1883–1884)
  • Charles D. Sherwood, 4th lieutenant governor of Minnesota (1864–1866)
  • Steve Simon, 22nd secretary of state of Minnesota (2015–present)
  • Edward W. Stark, 16th treasurer of Minnesota (1925–1927)
  • Konrad K. Solberg, 27th lieutenant governor of Minnesota (1933–1935)
  • Samuel Rinnah Van Sant, 15th governor of Minnesota (1901–1905)
  • James Wakefield, 9th lieutenant governor of Minnesota (1876–1880); U.S. representative from Minnesota's 2nd district (1883–1887)
  • William D. Washburn, U.S. senator from Minnesota (1889–1895); U.S. representative from Minnesota's 3rd district (1879–1883) and 4th district (1883–1885)
  • George P. Wilson, 5th attorney general of Minnesota (1874–1880)
  • Thomas Wilson, U.S. representative from Minnesota's 1st district (1887–1889); Chief justice of the supreme court of Minnesota (1865–1869); associate justice of the supreme court of Minnesota (1864–1865)
  • William H. Yale, 6th lieutenant governor of Minnesota (1870–1874)
  • Edward T. Young 12th attorney general of Minnesota (1905–1909)

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e f Elected in a special election.[17]
  2. ^ Elected in a special election. Lost re-election in 2006. Elected again in 2008.


  1. ^ "Frequently Asked Questions - Representatives and Senators - Minnesota Legislature".
  2. ^ "Party Control of the Minnesota House of Representatives - Minnesota Legislative Reference Library". www.lrl.mn.gov. Retrieved February 17, 2023.
  3. ^ "Women Wielding Power: Pioneer Female State Legislators". National Women's History Museum. Archived from the original on June 4, 2011. Retrieved March 29, 2012.
  4. ^ "Women in the Legislature Over Time - Tables". www.lrl.mn.gov. Retrieved February 17, 2023.
  5. ^ "Minn. Const. art. IV, § 4". Constitution of the State of Minnesota. Retrieved January 24, 2013.
  6. ^ Ruth Richardson (District 52B) resigned to focus on her role at Planned Parenthood. [1]
  7. ^ Bianca Virnig elected in a Special Election for House District 52B. [2]
  8. ^ Kurt Daudt (District 27B) resigned. [3]
  9. ^ Bryan Lawrence elected in a Special Election for House District 27B. [4]
  10. ^ Heather Edelson (District 50A) resigned. [5]
  11. ^ a b c Minnesota House of Representatives Public Information Services (January 5, 2023). "2022 ELECTION DIRECTORY for the 2023-2024 MINNESOTA LEGISLATURE" (PDF). Minnesota House of Representatives. Retrieved January 7, 2023.
  12. ^ Miles, Kyra (September 2, 2023). "Minnesota State Rep. Ruth Richardson resigns to focus on Planned Parenthood role". MPR News. Retrieved December 7, 2023.
  13. ^ MPR News Staff (December 5, 2023). "Democrats keep Dakota County seat in Minnesota House special election". MPR News. Retrieved December 7, 2023.
  14. ^ Mohr, Jonathan (January 10, 2024). "Former House speaker Daudt announces resignation". Minnesota Legislature. Retrieved March 22, 2024.
  15. ^ Mohr, Jonathan (March 20, 2024). "Republican candidate easily wins District 27B special election". Minnesota Legislature. Retrieved March 22, 2024.
  16. ^ "Final Legislative Update". Minnesota Legislature. May 24, 2024. Retrieved June 2, 2024.
  17. ^ "Party Control of the Minnesota House of Representatives, 1951–present". Minnesota Legislative Reference Library. Archived from the original on November 9, 2018. Retrieved November 13, 2018.

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