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New Legislators With No Previous Legislative Experience

This table excludes members who move from one body to the other, or who served previously and had a gap in service. It only counts newly-elected members who have never served in the Legislature.

For related statistics, see Turnover in Legislative Seats, 1970-present.

Compiled by the Minnesota Legislative Reference Library

Click on Session Number to see list of members.

SessionHouse FreshmenPercent HouseSenate FreshmenPercent SenateTotal FreshmanPercent Total Freshman
91st, 2019-2020 36 26.9%
 
0 0.0%
 
36 17.9%
 
90th, 2017-2018 23 17.2%
 
16 23.9%
 
39 19.4%
 
89th, 2015-2016 24 17.9%
 
0 0.0%
 
24 11.9%
 
88th, 2013-2014 34 25.4%
 
12 17.9%
 
46 22.9%
 
87th, 2011-2012 34 25.4%
 
17 25.4%
 
51 25.4%
 
86th, 2009-2010 22 16.4%
 
0 0.0%
 
22 10.9%
 
85th, 2007-2008 35 26.1%
 
14 20.9%
 
49 24.4%
 
84th, 2005-2006 25 18.7%
 
0 0.0%
 
25 12.4%
 
83rd, 2003-2004 43 32.1%
 
15 22.4%
 
58 28.9%
 
82nd, 2001-2002 18 13.4%
 
6 9.0%
 
24 11.9%
 
81st, 1999-2000 20 14.9%
 
0 0.0%
 
20 10.0%
 
80th, 1997-1998 22 16.4%
 
6 9.0%
 
28 13.9%
 
79th, 1995-1996 26 19.4%
 
1 1.5%
 
27 13.4%
 
78th, 1993-1994 33 24.6%
 
13 19.4%
 
46 22.9%
 
77th, 1991-1992 21 15.7%
 
11 16.4%
 
32 15.9%
 
76th, 1989-1990 15 11.2%
 
2 3.0%
 
17 8.5%
 
75th, 1987-1988 29 21.6%
 
5 7.5%
 
34 16.9%
 
74th, 1985-1986 26 19.4%
 
0 0.0%
 
26 12.9%
 
73rd, 1983-1984 35 26.1%
 
12 17.9%
 
47 23.4%
 
72nd, 1981-1982 21 15.7%
 
15 22.4%
 
36 17.9%
 
71st, 1979-1980 38 28.4%
 
0 0.0%
 
38 18.9%
 
70th, 1977-1978 21 15.7%
 
13 19.4%
 
34 16.9%
 
69th, 1975-1976 52 38.8%
 
3 4.5%
 
55 27.4%
 
68th, 1973-1974 48 35.8%
 
14 20.9%
 
62 30.8%
 
67th, 1971-1972 40 29.6%
 
17 25.4%
 
57 28.2%
 
66th, 1969-1970 27 20.0%
 
0 0.0%
 
27 13.4%
 
65th, 1967-1968 39 28.9%
 
17 25.4%
 
56 27.7%
 
64th, 1965-1966 20 14.8%
 
2 3.0%
 
22 10.9%
 
63rd, 1963-1964 52 38.5%
 
13 19.4%
 
65 32.2%
 
62nd, 1961-1962 21 15.6%
 
0 0.0%
 
21 10.4%
 
61st, 1959-1960 27 20.6%
 
10 14.9%
 
37 18.7%
 
60th, 1957-1958 24 18.3%
 
0 0.0%
 
24 12.1%
 
59th, 1955-1956 40 30.5%
 
25 37.3%
 
65 32.8%
 
58th, 1953-1954 24 18.3%
 
1 1.5%
 
25 12.6%
 
57th, 1951-1952 34 26.0%
 
12 17.9%
 
46 23.2%
 
56th, 1949-1950 32 24.4%
 
1 1.5%
 
33 16.7%
 
55th, 1947-1948 31 23.7%
 
11 16.4%
 
42 21.2%
 
54th, 1945-1946 24 18.3%
 
2 3.0%
 
26 13.1%
 
53rd, 1943-1944 34 26.0%
 
12 17.9%
 
46 23.2%
 
52nd, 1941-1942 27 20.6%
 
2 3.0%
 
29 14.6%
 
51st, 1939-1940 63 48.1%
 
9 13.4%
 
72 36.4%
 
50th, 1937-1938 54 41.2%
 
0 0.0%
 
54 27.3%
 
49th, 1935-1936 51 38.9%
 
18 26.9%
 
69 34.8%
 
48th, 1933-1934 52 39.7%
 
3 4.5%
 
55 27.8%
 
47th, 1931-1932 40 30.5%
 
21 31.3%
 
61 30.8%
 
46th, 1929-1930 33 25.2%
 
1 1.5%
 
34 17.2%
 
45th, 1927-1928 42 32.1%
 
21 31.3%
 
63 31.8%
 
44th, 1925-1926 33 25.2%
 
1 1.5%
 
34 17.2%
 
43rd, 1923-1924 67 51.1%
 
27 40.3%
 
94 47.5%
 
42nd, 1921-1922 45 34.4%
 
0 0.0%
 
45 22.7%
 
41st, 1919-1920 70 53.4%
 
19 28.4%
 
89 44.9%
 
40th, 1917-1918 45 34.6%
 
1 1.5%
 
46 23.4%
 
39th, 1915-1916 75 57.7%
 
28 41.8%
 
103 52.3%
 
38th, 1913-1914 60 50.0%
 
0 0.0%
 
60 32.8%
 
37th, 1911-1912 67 55.8%
 
19 30.2%
 
86 47.0%
 
36th, 1909-1910 48 40.3%
 
1 1.6%
 
49 26.9%
 
35th, 1907-1908 75 63.0%
 
29 46.0%
 
104 57.1%
 
34th, 1905-1906 45 37.8%
 
0 0.0%
 
45 24.7%
 
33rd, 1903-1904 79 66.4%
 
23 36.5%
 
102 56.0%
 
32nd, 1901-1902 67 56.3%
 
0 0.0%
 
67 36.8%
 
31st, 1899-1900 77 64.7%
 
30 47.6%
 
107 58.8%
 
30th, 1897-1898 71 62.3%
 
1 1.9%
 
72 42.9%
 
29th, 1895-1896 81 71.1%
 
34 63.0%
 
115 68.5%
 
28th, 1893-1894 74 64.9%
 
1 1.9%
 
75 44.6%
 
27th, 1891-1892 95 83.3%
 
30 55.6%
 
125 74.4%
 
26th, 1889-1890 70 68.0%
 
1 2.1%
 
71 47.3%
 
25th, 1887-1888 79 76.7%
 
26 55.3%
 
105 70.0%
 
24th, 1885-1886 73 70.9%
 
3 6.4%
 
76 50.7%
 
23rd, 1883-1884 77 74.8%
 
18 38.3%
 
95 63.3%
 
22nd, 1881-1882 57 53.8%
 
7 17.1%
 
64 43.5%
 
21st, 1879-1880 59 55.7%
 
11 26.8%
 
70 47.6%
 
20th, 1878 74 69.8%
 
12 29.3%
 
86 58.5%
 
19th, 1877 64 60.4%
 
7 17.1%
 
71 48.3%
 
18th, 1876 75 70.8%
 
10 24.4%
 
85 57.8%
 
17th, 1875 64 60.4%
 
6 14.6%
 
70 47.6%
 
16th, 1874 75 70.8%
 
11 26.8%
 
86 58.5%
 
15th, 1873 79 74.5%
 
13 31.7%
 
92 62.6%
 
14th, 1872 85 80.2%
 
24 58.5%
 
109 74.1%
 
13th, 1871 25 53.2%
 
6 27.3%
 
31 44.9%
 
12th, 1870 37 78.7%
 
3 13.6%
 
40 58.0%
 
11th, 1869 29 61.7%
 
7 31.8%
 
36 52.2%
 
10th, 1868 33 70.2%
 
6 27.3%
 
39 56.5%
 
9th, 1867 32 68.1%
 
8 36.4%
 
40 58.0%
 
8th, 1866 32 76.2%
 
5 23.8%
 
37 58.7%
 
7th, 1865 25 59.5%
 
5 23.8%
 
30 47.6%
 
6th, 1864 29 69.0%
 
7 33.3%
 
36 57.1%
 
5th, 1863 27 64.3%
 
6 28.6%
 
33 52.4%
 
4th, 1862 31 73.8%
 
12 57.1%
 
43 68.3%
 
3rd, 1861 30 71.4%
 
10 47.6%
 
40 63.5%
 
2nd, 1859-1860 75 93.8%
 
26 70.3%
 
101 86.3%
 
1st, 1857-1858 78 97.5%
 
29 78.4%
 
107 91.5%