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House Minority Leader Paul Thissen named five fellow Democratic representatives that will join him in leading the caucus next session.

Thissen names House DFL leadership team

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House Minority Leader Paul Thissen (Staff photo: Peter Bartz-Gallagher)

House Minority Leader Paul Thissen named five fellow Democratic representatives that will join him in leading the caucus next session.

Rep. Debra Hilstrom, Brooklyn Center, was named Deputy Minority Leader. Thissen also named four representatives that will serve as Minority Whips, including Rep. Larry Hosch, St. Joseph, Rep. Melissa Hortman, Brooklyn Park, Rep. John Lesch, St. Paul, and Rep. Terry Morrow, St. Peter.

“From the budget crisis to a host of other issues, there is no shortage of work to be done,” Thissen said in a statement.  “As I talk with members, it is clear our caucus is energized and ready to tackle the challenges that await us.  I am gratified by the number of people who want to serve.”

Hilstrom’s role will be to help craft and execute caucus strategy, according to the release. She currently chairs the House Public Safety Policy and Oversight Committee.

“We will make sure the priorities of ordinary Minnesotans remain front and center in this budget debate,” Hilstrom said in the statement. “The people of Minnesota are worried about jobs, public safety, good schools and making tuition affordable.”

Hortman, Hosch and Morrow all served as Assistant Majority Leaders last session, when the DFL still had control of the House. Noticeably absent are representatives Erin Murphy and Steve Simon. Both campaigned for the House Majority Leader job before Republicans took control.

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