DFL Senate Majority Leader Larry Pogemiller will no longer be in leadership. He sent out a statement saying “In light of last night’s results and upon reflection this morning, I wanted you to know I have decided not to seek the position of Minority Leader for our caucus. No matter how committed we were or hard we all worked, in the end it didn’t matter, the result is the result. We were not able to bring an exemplary group of legislators across the finish line. It is an honor to have had the opportunity to serve you as Majority Leader these past four years.”
On the Republican side, Minority Leader David Senjem is likely to move into a new post with Republicans (or conservatives as they used to be known) taking control of the Minnesota Senate for the first time in 38 years. There is buzz that the affable Senjem may be the best fit for Senate president which has historically been a more non-partisan role, unlike the House speaker. Talk at the Capitol has other more aggressive names being mentioned for the mouth piece job of majority leader like Sen. Geoff Michel (R-Edina), Sen. Amy Koch (R-Buffalo) and Sen. Julie Rosen (R-Fairmont).