State Rep. Kurt Daudt, who’d been the GOP’s House Minority Leader last session, will step up to Speaker of the House now that Republicans control the chamber.
Daudt was elected Friday afternoon by GOP House members. State Reps. Matt Dean of Dellwood, and Rod Hamilton of Mountain Lake had also sought the position.
Many House members credit Daudt for orchestrating the big GOP victory in the House, defeating 11 DFL incumbents even as DFL Gov. Mark Dayton and other DFL state constitutional officers won statewide. Daudt was first elected in 2010.
The GOP House caucus also elected state Rep. Joyce Peppin, of Rogers, as House majority leader.
On Thursday, House DFL members elected state Rep. Paul Thissen of Minneapolis to be their minority leader. He had been speaker last session, when the DFL was in control.