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Vikings bill: How the Senate voted

Following House passage of the Vikings stadium bill, the Minnesota Senate took up their version of the bill on Tuesday afternoon and voted in favor of the bill late last night with a 38–28 vote. To see how each Senator voted, see the table below.

Sen. First Name Sen. Last Name Party District Vote
Thomas M. BakkDFL6Y
Michelle R. BensonR49N
Terri E. BonoffDFL43Y
David M. BrownR16N
John CarlsonR4Y
Roger C. ChamberlainR53N
Richard J. CohenDFL64Y
Gary H. DahmsR21N
Theodore J. “Ted” DaleyR38N
Al DeKruifR25N
D. Scott DibbleDFL60N
Kari DziedzicDFL59N
Chris A. EatonDFL46N
Michelle L. FischbachR14Y
Paul E. GazelkaR12N
Chris GerlachR37N
Joe GimseR13Y
Barb GoodwinDFL50Y
Dan D. HallR40N
David W. HannR42N
John M. HarringtonDFL67Y
Jeff HaydenDFL61N
Linda HigginsDFL58Y
Gretchen M. HoffmanR10N
John HoweR28Y
Bill IngebrigtsenR11Y
Michael J. JungbauerR48Y
Kenneth S. KelashDFL63Y
Amy T. KochR19Y
Benjamin A. KruseR47N
Keith LangsethDFL9Y
Ron LatzDFL44Y
Ted H. LillieR56N
Warren LimmerR32N
Tony LoureyDFL8N
Doug MagnusR22Y
John MartyDFL54N
Mary Jo McGuireDFL66N
James P. MetzenDFL39Y
Geoff MichelR41Y
Jeremy R. MillerR31Y
Carla J. NelsonR30Y
Scott J. NewmanR18N
Sean R. NienowR17Y
Gen OlsonR33O
Julianne E. OrtmanR34N
Sandra L. PappasDFL65Y
Mike ParryR26N
John C. PedersonR15Y
Roger J. ReinertDFL7Y
Ann H. RestDFL45Y
Claire A. RoblingR35Y
Julie A. RosenR24Y
Tom SaxhaugDFL3Y
David H. SenjemR29Y
Kathy SheranDFL23Y
Katie SiebenDFL57Y
Rod SkoeDFL2Y
Dan SparksDFL27Y
LeRoy A. StumpfDFL1Y
Dave ThompsonR36N
David J. TomassoniDFL5Y
Patricia Torres RayDFL62N
Ray VandeveerR52N
Charles W. WigerDFL55Y
Pam WolfR51N

Data from Minnesota State Legislature.

Comments (7)

  1. Submitted by Bruce Bruemmer on 05/09/2012 - 08:41 am.

    The Minneapolis Caucus

    And for those Minneapolitans who want to remember this vote on November 6, the two Minneapolis Senators who voted in favor of the Stadium bill were Higgins and Kelash. The rest voted against the bill: Dibble, Dziedzic, Hayden, and Torres Ray.

    I’m beginning to think you could sell advertising on Senate TV. Maybe dedicate the funds to the Target Center.

    • Submitted by David Greene on 05/09/2012 - 11:54 am.


      Higgins is not running again so her vote won’t matter on Nov. 6.

      And frankly, no politician in Minnesota has ever been defeated for voting for a stadium. Certainly no Minneapolis legislator will be defeated for opposing one.

  2. Submitted by James Hamilton on 05/09/2012 - 09:40 am.

    It was over before it began on Tuesday.

    Having spent a good portion of Monday listening to the House debate and some hours Tuesday with the Senate debate, it became apparent as they moved through the Senate’s proposed amendments that this bill was going to pass, particularly as the Senate voted to reverse itself on Marty’s referendum amendment.

    Kudos to the DFL members who bucked the party and the governor on this one, whatever their reasons.

    One of the most memorable exchanges of the afternoon came when a senator tried to have it both ways, endorsing various proposed amendments as dear to her heart but declining to support them because they weren’t part of the deal reached elsewhere. Politics at its most naked, her position received its due when she was called out on it.

    My own senator, Dick Cohen of Dist. 64, voted Yes. Come November, I’ll be voting No on Cohen, for this and other actions he’s taken over the years. All I need now is an opponent to vote for.

    • Submitted by Rachel Kahler on 05/09/2012 - 10:00 am.

      You contact him?

      He may actually have voted the way his constituents told him to. Mine did. As disappointed as I am, I’m more disappointed in the flame and fury of the “no’s” and their inability to actually put it to their representatives.

      • Submitted by David Greene on 05/09/2012 - 11:57 am.

        Right On

        This is exactly right. We like to complain but we don’t actually do anything about it. If people care that much they must get involved in the political process.

        And voting against a legislator for just one of their votes is silly and destructive. We saw this session what happens when a bunch of ideological newbies elected on a narrow platform enters the legislature. Chaos ensues. A legislator should be judged on his or her overall record, not on one vote.

        • Submitted by Bruce Bruemmer on 05/09/2012 - 11:44 pm.

          It’s not silly and destructive

          if that vote motivates you. If you felt the stadium referendum was a pretty clear indication of the will of the residents, then a vote for the stadium was a significant statement by a politician regardless of the spin on its legality or interpretation by city counsel. If someone said, “Wow, I can’t vote for a politician who blatantly ignores a referendum,” that is perfectly valid. If someone so loves the Vikings that this is the most important thing in his/her life, I think it is perfectly logical to support candidates that support that position. This vote involved a lot of big stuff: a referendum, a significant expenditure of money at the end of bad recession, jobs, economic viability. Plus, it pretty much was the only thing the the legislature actually acted on. But you are probably right about no one losing their election over this, since we usually make decisions about Minneapolis legislators at the party level, not the general election.

  3. Submitted by Andrew Degerstrom on 05/09/2012 - 02:08 pm.


    As a Minneapolis resident, I’m glad that 4 Senators from the Minneapolis delegation voted no. Despite that, did they do anything to make the deal better for the City of Minneapolis? Sure, Dibble got his energy conservation amendment passed and Torres-Ray got her early childhood education amendment passed. But if they thought that this bill was going to pass, they should have fought to make the deal as best as possible for the City of Minneapolis instead of just burying their heads in the sand.

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