DFL Sen. Linda Berglin of Minneapolis announced today that she will resign effective Aug. 15, after nearly 39 years in the Legislature.
She was recently hired as a health policy manager in Hennepin County.
She made the official announcement this morning after speculation grew over the weekend that she would step down.
Berglin had been a chief architect of Minnesota’s health and human services policy for decades, as the DFL held sway in the Legislature. But said she wasn’t able to use her talents and experience when Republicans took control of the state House and Senate in last year’s election.
A special election will be held to choose a successor in DFL-dominated Senate District 61.
Berglin was first elected to the state House in 1972 and has been in the Senate since winning the 1980 election.