Selection Thursday: House and Senate make leadership picks in St. Paul

Democrats now in charge of House, Senate stays in Republican majority

November 09, 2018 - 5:44 am

With the new Minnesota legislature come new leadership, and the majority parties getting the ball rolling Thursday in St. Paul.

Democrats are now in control of the Minnesota House, and Melissa Hortman rose from minority leader to the powerful position of House Speaker.

"Governing will be especially hard work because the people of Minnesota deserve the very best we can deliver," said Hortman on Thursday night. "That will; take careful time and attention."

Taking Hortman's place as House Democratic leader is Ryan Winkler of Golden Valley. 

"We have to make sure the Minnesota House of Representatives represents the best values of Minnesota, including civility and the ability to work together." he said.

House Republicans chose former Speaker Kurt Daudt as minority leader on Friday.

In the Senate, Paul Gazelka retained his post as majority leader.

"I love that Minnesota requires us to balance the budget every two years, so that will be obviously a priority for all of us," Gazelka said.

Named as Senate president by the Republican caucus was Jeremy Miller of Winona.