Democrats in Senate District 5 endorsed Hibbing legal clerk Carly Melin over the weekend in the race to replace former House Majority Leader Tony Sertich.
Filing closed Tuesday for the special election to replace DFL Rep. Tony Sertich in House District 5B, and six people - including one Independence Party and one Republican candidate - have thrown their name in to replace him.
New Iron Range Resources Board Commissioner Tony Sertich turned in his resignation as representative for House District 5B on Wednesday, and candidates are already lining up to take his place.
Dayton set Feb. 15 for the special election to replace him, but the Feb. 1 primary is likely to be the decisive battle in the heavily DFL district that covers Chisholm, Hibbing, Floodwood and Meadowlands.
DFL Rep. Tony Sertich's departure from the Legislature to take over the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board in Gov. Mark Dayton's administration leaves an open seat in House District 5B, where he has sat for the last six terms.
While the November election results didn't put former House Majority Leader Tony Sertich with the Speaker's gavel in his hands, it did land him a gig in DFL Gov. Mark Dayton's office.
The Star Tribune reported early this morning that Gov. Mark Dayton will appoint Hamline University professor Lucinda Jesson as the next commissioner of the Department of Human Services.
by Briana Bierschbach
Published: December 30, 2010
Tags: Ann Lenczewski, Bob Vanasek, Doug Wardlow, Gene Pelowski, Greg Davids, Gregg Peppin, House Ways and Means Committee, Jenifer Loon, Keith Downey, Linda Runbeck, Lyndon Carlson, Mark Buesgens, Mark Dayton, Mary Liz Holberg, Matt Entenza, Melissa Hortman, Mindy Greiling, Morrie Lanning, Pat Garofalo, Paul Marquart, Rod Hamilton, Roger Crawford, Senate Taxes Committee, Sondra Erickson, Taxpayers League, Taxpayers League of Minnesota, tom Hackbarth, Tom Huntley, Tom Rukavina, Tony Sertich
There were few surprises when the Minnesota House GOP released committee rosters last week. Legislators, Republican and Democrat alike, landed in spots where they've sat before, or - in the case of new lawmakers - where they have accrued relevant experience in their professional and personal lives.
The House DFL caucus will meet tonight at 7 to review election results and select a new minority leader from the caucus. As we tweeted a few minutes ago, the rumored candidates include the three people who were angling to be Speaker Tony Sertich's number two: Reps. Steve Simon, Melissa Hortman, and Erin Murphy. But Tina Liebling (Rochester) and Paul Thissen (Minneapolis) are also said to be in the hunt, and more interested parties may emerge at the meeting.
by Briana Bierschbach
Published: November 4, 2010
Tags: 2010 Minnesota Senate races, Amy Koch, Dave Senjem, Erin Murphy, Geoff Michel, Kurt Zellers, Larry Pogemiller, Matt Dean, Melissa Hortman, Minnesota House, Paul Thissen, Steve Simon, Tina Liebling, Tom Bakk, Tony Sertich
The Democratic and Republican caucuses in the House and Senate are meeting between now and Sunday to organize and decide on leadership after a presumed DFL-stronghold in the Legislature fell into the GOP's hands Tuesday night.