DFL leaders in the Minnesota House, finding themselves in the minority after the November election, have named their committee leads. Republicans have all the chairmanships.
The list of DFLers:
- Environment & Energy: Rep. Jean Wagenius (Environment) & Rep. Bill Hilty (Energy)
- Education Reform: Rep. Carlos Mariani
- State Government: Rep. Phyllis Kahn
- Judiciary: Rep. Sheldon Johnson
- Property Taxes: Rep. Paul Marquardt
- Ways & Means: Rep. Lyndon Carlson
- Taxes: Rep. Ann Lenczewski
- Government Operations: Rep. Michael Nelson
- Public Safety: Rep. Joe Mullery
- Agriculture: Rep. Kent Eken
- Civil Law: Rep. John Lesch
- Transportation: Rep. Frank Hornstein
- Veterans: Rep. Lyle Koenen
- Jobs & Economic Development: Rep. Karen Clark (Housing) & Rep. Tim Mahoney (Jobs)
- Health and Human Services Finance: Rep. Thomas Huntley
- K-12 Finance: Rep. Mindy Greiling
- Higher Education: Rep. Tom Rukavina
- Commerce: Rep. Joe Atkins
- Capital Investment: Rep. Alice Hausman
- HHS Reform: Rep. Tina Liebling
- Legacy: Rep. David Dill
- Rules: Rep. Gene Pelowski, Jr.
- Redistricting: Rep. Mary Murphy
And even though the new majority Republicans have cut some committees — including Early Childhood, Housing, and Energy — in a streamlining effort, the DFLers will continue to have people in charge of those areas.
Rep. Karen Clark will lead on housing issues, Rep. Bill Hilty will lead on energy issues, and Rep. Nora Slawik will lead on early childhood issues for the DFL House Caucus.
In a statement, Minority Leader-elect Paul Thissen said: “The Republican leadership’s committee structure, which cut critical committees, illustrates their party’s priorities. Their new structure says that issues related to housing, early childhood and energy are somehow less important now than they have been in the past. By keeping leads on these critical issues, the DFL Caucus is standing with Minnesotans to say that we need to move our state forward, and that affordable, stable housing, healthy and well-educated children, and low energy prices should be among our top priorities.”