Monday, November 8, 2010

2011 Minnesota State Legislature to feature dozens with city government experience
by Brian Strub, League of Minnesota Cities

The new State Legislature that will convene in St. Paul in January 2011 will continue the Minnesota tradition of including many women and men who also have served as elected city officials. Pending official certification of the 2010 election results, there will be 37 members of the 2011 legislature who have previously served as either mayor, city councilmember, or both.

The 2011 Minnesota Senate will have 12 members (18% of the 67 members) who at one time served as elected city officials. There will be 25 members of the 2011 Minnesota House of Representatives (19% of the 134 members) who served as elected city officials at one time. During the 2010 session, 10 members of the Minnesota Senate and 26 members of the Minnesota House of Representatives previously held city elected offices.

In addition to legislative elections, there are also those who leave the legislative arena for the chance to return home and seek local election in their hometown. For example, current League Board member and Paynesville city councilmember Jeff Bertram is a former member of the Minnesota House of Representatives; former state Rep. K.J. McDonald serves as mayor of Watertown; former state Rep. Char Samuelson serves on the New Brighton City Council; and former state Sen. Dave Kleis is the mayor of St. Cloud.

City Officials turned 2011 Legislators: UPDATED (11/03/2010)

Senate District 3 – Sen. Tom Saxhaug, former Grand Rapids councilmember, incumbent
[NEW-D] SD7 - Rep. Roger Reinert, former Duluth councilmember, open seat
SD14 – Sen. Michelle Fischbach, former Paynesville councilmember, incumbent
[NEW-R] SD15 – John Pederson, St. Cloud councilmember, open seat
SD23 – Sen. Kathy Sheran, former Mankato councilmember, incumbent
SD26 – Sen. Mike Parry, former Waseca councilmember, incumbent
[NEW-R] SD28 – John Howe, Red Wing mayor, open seat
SD29 – Sen. David Senjem, former Rochester councilmember, incumbent
SD33 – Sen. Gen Olson, former Minnetrista mayor, incumbent
SD39 – Sen. James Metzen, former South St. Paul councilmember, incumbent
SD44 – Sen. Ron Latz, former St. Louis Park councilmember, incumbent
SD48 – Sen. Mike Jungbauer, former East Bethel mayor, incumbent

House District 7A – Rep. Thomas Huntley, former Duluth councilmember, incumbent
[NEW-D] HD 7B – Mr. Kerry Gauthier, Duluth councilmember, open seat
[NEW-R] HD 8B – Roger Crawford, former Mora mayor & councilmember, defeated incumbent
HD 9A – Rep. Morrie Lanning, former Moorhead mayor, incumbent
HD 9B – Rep. Paul Marquart, former Dilworth mayor, incumbent
HD 12A – Rep. John Ward, former Proctor mayor, incumbent
[NEW-R] HD 12B – Mike LeMieur, Little Falls councilmember, defeated incumbent
[NEW-R] HD 14A – Tim O’Driscoll, Sartell mayor, open seat
HD 14B – Rep. Larry Hosch, former St. Joseph mayor, incumbent
HD 15A – Rep. Steve Gottwalt, former St. Cloud councilmember, incumbent
[NEW-R] HD 19B – Joe McDonald, Delano mayor, open seat
HD 27B – Rep. Jeanne Poppe, former Austin councilmember, incumbent
HD 31B – Rep. Gregory Davids, former Preston mayor, incumbent
HD 33A – Rep. Steve Smith, former Mound mayor, incumbent
HD 35A – Rep. Michael Beard, former Shakopee councilmember, incumbent
HD 35B – Rep. Mark Buesgens, former Jordan councilmember, incumbent
HD 36A – Rep. Mary Liz Holberg, former Lakeville councilmember, incumbent
[NEW-R] HD 37B – Kurt Bills, Rosemount councilmember, defeated incumbent
HD 39B – Rep. Joe Atkins, former Inver Grove Heights mayor, incumbent
HD 40B – Rep. Ann Lenczewski, former Bloomington councilmember, incumbent
HD 46B – Rep. Debra Hilstrom, former Brooklyn Center councilmember, incumbent
[NEW-R] HD 53A – Linda Runbeck, former Circle Pines councilmember, defeated incumbent
HD 54B – Rep. Bev Scalze, former Little Canada councilmember, incumbent
HD 55A – Rep. Leon Lillie, former North St. Paul councilmember, incumbent
HD 64B – Rep. Michael Paymar, former Duluth councilmember, incumbent

The League of Minnesota Cities maintains a list of the current and past state legislators, constitutional officers, and federal officials who have served as elected city officials.