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New state Senate President Michelle Fischbach ready with rule book

The Minnesota Senate’s incoming president, Sen.

The Minnesota Senate’s incoming president, Sen. Michelle Fischbach of Paynesville, is prepared for the transition in January when Republicans take majority control of both chambers in the Legislature.

Fischbach, who was first elected in 1996, has a well-thumbed rule book — replete with sticky notes — ready to help her run Senate sessions, says Don Davis of the Fargo Forum. There’s no handbook on transfer of power from DFLers to Republicans, though, because it hasn’t happened in such a long time, she said.

Davis said Fischbach was surprised to learn that she’ll soon be third in line for the governor’s office, behind the lieutenant governor.

And he reports that Fischbach’s husband, Scott Fischbach, is executive director of Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life, the state’s largest anti-abortion organization.