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Party Control of the Minnesota House of Representatives, 1951-present

Compiled by the Minnesota Legislative Reference Library

Party codes (see also notes at end of historical data):

C=Conservative L=Liberal
R=Republican DFL=Democratic-Farmer-Labor
IR=Independent Republican Ind.=Independent
  iR=independent Republican

Compiled from: Minnesota legislative manuals and other sources, including previous library compilations and several histories of Minnesota.

In 1913, Minnesota legislators began to be elected on nonpartisan ballots (1913 Minn. Laws Chap. 389). Legislators ran and caucused as "Liberals" or "Conservatives" (roughly equivalent in most years to Democratic-Farmer-Labor and Republican, respectively. A 1973 Law change brought back party designation elections beginning with the House in 1974 and the Senate in 1976 (1973 Minn. Laws Chapter 3 section 1; first numbered Minnesota Statute 202.03; renumbered Minnesota Statute 204B.36, subdivision 2).

Between November 15, 1975 and September 23, 1995, Minnesota Republicans ran under the party name Independent Republican.

While efforts have been made to verify this information in more than one source, the library cannot guarantee the accuracy of sources; errors are possible. Please report any errors to the library staff.

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Other: 0 (1971) L/DFL: 65 (1971) C/R/IR/iR: 70 (1971) Other: 0 (1973) L/DFL: 77 (1973) C/R/IR/iR: 57 (1973) Other: 0 (1975) L/DFL: 104 (1975) C/R/IR/iR: 30 (1975) Other: 0 (1976) L/DFL: 103 (1976) C/R/IR/iR: 31 (1976) Other: 0 (1977) L/DFL: 104 (1977) C/R/IR/iR: 30 (1977) Other: 0 (1978) L/DFL: 100 (1978) C/R/IR/iR: 34 (1978) Other: 0 (1979) L/DFL: 67 (1979) C/R/IR/iR: 67 (1979) Other: 0 (1980) L/DFL: 68 (1980) C/R/IR/iR: 66 (1980) Other: 0 (1981) L/DFL: 70 (1981) C/R/IR/iR: 64 (1981) Other: 0 (1982) L/DFL: 70 (1982) C/R/IR/iR: 64 (1982) Other: 0 (1983) L/DFL: 77 (1983) C/R/IR/iR: 57 (1983) Other: 0 (1984) L/DFL: 76 (1984) C/R/IR/iR: 58 (1984) Other: 0 (1985) L/DFL: 65 (1985) C/R/IR/iR: 69 (1985) Other: 0 (1986) L/DFL: 65 (1986) C/R/IR/iR: 69 (1986) Other: 0 (1987) L/DFL: 83 (1987) C/R/IR/iR: 51 (1987) Other: 0 (1988) L/DFL: 82 (1988) C/R/IR/iR: 52 (1988) Other: 0 (1989) L/DFL: 81 (1989) C/R/IR/iR: 53 (1989) Other: 0 (1990) L/DFL: 80 (1990) C/R/IR/iR: 54 (1990) Other: 0 (1991) L/DFL: 80 (1991) C/R/IR/iR: 53 (1991) Other: 0 (1992) L/DFL: 78 (1992) C/R/IR/iR: 56 (1992) Other: 0 (1993) L/DFL: 86 (1993) C/R/IR/iR: 47 (1993) Other: 0 (1994) L/DFL: 84 (1994) C/R/IR/iR: 50 (1994) Other: 0 (1995) L/DFL: 71 (1995) C/R/IR/iR: 63 (1995) Other: 0 (1996) L/DFL: 69 (1996) C/R/IR/iR: 65 (1996) Other: 0 (1997) L/DFL: 70 (1997) C/R/IR/iR: 64 (1997) Other: 0 (1998) L/DFL: 70 (1998) C/R/IR/iR: 62 (1998) Other: 0 (1999) L/DFL: 63 (1999) C/R/IR/iR: 71 (1999) Other: 1 (2000) L/DFL: 63 (2000) C/R/IR/iR: 70 (2000) Other: 0 (2001) L/DFL: 65 (2001) C/R/IR/iR: 69 (2001) Other: 0 (2002) L/DFL: 64 (2002) C/R/IR/iR: 70 (2002) Other: 0 (2003) L/DFL: 52 (2003) C/R/IR/iR: 81 (2003) Other: 0 (2004) L/DFL: 53 (2004) C/R/IR/iR: 81 (2004) Other: 0 (2005) L/DFL: 66 (2005) C/R/IR/iR: 68 (2005) Other: 0 (2006) L/DFL: 66 (2006) C/R/IR/iR: 68 (2006) Other: 0 (2007) L/DFL: 85 (2007) C/R/IR/iR: 49 (2007) Other: 0 (2008) L/DFL: 85 (2008) C/R/IR/iR: 49 (2008) Other: 0 (2009) L/DFL: 87 (2009) C/R/IR/iR: 47 (2009) Other: 0 (2010) L/DFL: 87 (2010) C/R/IR/iR: 47 (2010) Other: 0 (2011) L/DFL: 62 (2011) C/R/IR/iR: 72 (2011) Other: 0 (2012) L/DFL: 62 (2012) C/R/IR/iR: 72 (2012) Other: 0 (2013) L/DFL: 72 (2013) C/R/IR/iR: 60 (2013) Other: 0 (2014) L/DFL: 73 (2014) C/R/IR/iR: 61 (2014) Other: 0 (2015) L/DFL: 62 (2015) C/R/IR/iR: 72 (2015) Other: 0 (2016) L/DFL: 61 (2016) C/R/IR/iR: 73 (2016) Other: 0 (2017) L/DFL: 57 (2017) C/R/IR/iR: 76 (2017) Other: 0 (2018) L/DFL: 57 (2018) C/R/IR/iR: 77 (2018) Other: 4 (2019) L/DFL: 75 (2019) C/R/IR/iR: 55 (2019)
Effective Date Event Note Total C/R/IR/iR L/DFL Other Margin
12/6/2019 Resignation Rep. Nick Zerwas (R, 30A) resigned to spend time with family.   132 54 74 4 16c
11/16/2019 Death Rep. Diane Loeffler (DFL, 60A) died of cancer.   133 55 74 4 15c
3/27/2019 Special election Nathan Nelson (R) won the special election for a House seat in District 11B on March 19, 2019. He was sworn in on March 27, 2019.   134 55 75 4 16c
2/12/2019 Resignation Rep. Jason Rarick (R, 11B) resigned effective February 12, 2019 in order to take the Senate District 11 seat he won in a special election on February 5, 2019.   133 54 75 4 17c
1/8/2019 Caucus change Four Republican members established the New House Republican Caucus. The four members are Rep. Tim Miller (17A), Rep. Steve Drazkowski (21B), Rep. Jeremy Munson (23B), Rep. Cal Bahr (31B).   134 55 75 4 16c
1/8/2019 Convenes   134 55 75 4 16c
12/10/2018 Resignation Rep. Jeff Howe (R, 13A) resigned well before the election effective December 10, 2018 in order to take the Senate District 13 seat he won in a special election on November 6, 2018.   130 75 55 0 20
9/5/2018 Resignation Rep. Paul Rosenthal (DFL, 49B) resigned to take a position in another state. No special election was held.   131 76 55 0 21
7/2/2018 Resignation Rep. Joyce Peppin (R, 34A) resigned to take a job in the private sector. No special election was held.   132 76 56 0 20
4/20/2018 Resignation Rep. Paul Thissen (DFL, 61B) resigned effective April 20, 2018. He was appointed to the Minnesota Supreme Court. No special election was held.   133 77 56 0 21
2/20/2018 Convenes   134 77 57 0 20
2/20/2018 Special election Jeremy Munson (R) won the special election for the House District 23B seat on February 12, 2018. He was sworn in on February 20, 2018.   134 77 57 0 20
11/30/2017 Resignation Rep. Tony Cornish (R, 23B) resigned effective November 30, 2017.   133 76 57 0 19
2/21/2017 Special election Anne Neu (R) won the special election for the House seat in District 32B on February 14, 2017. She was sworn in on February 21, 2017.   134 77 57 0 20
1/3/2017 Convenes District 32B was vacant at the convening of the Legislature.   133 76 57 0 19
3/8/2016 Convenes   134 73 61 0 12
2/17/2016 Special election Chad Anderson (R) won the special election for a House seat in District 50B on February 9, 2016. He was sworn in on February 17, 2016.   134 73 61 0 12
12/17/2015 Special election Rob Ecklund (DFL) won the special election for a House seat in District 3A on December 8, 2015. He was sworn in on December 17, 2015.   134 72 62 0 10
12/15/2015 Resignation Rep. Ann Lenczewski (DFL, 50B) resigned to take a job in the private sector.   133 72 61 0 11
11/9/2015 Special election Peggy Flanagan (DFL) won the special election for a House seat in District 46A on November 3, 2015. She was sworn in on November 9, 2015.   133 72 61 0 11
8/8/2015 Death Rep. David Dill (DFL, 3A) died of cancer.   132 72 60 0 12
7/1/2015 Resignation Rep. Ryan Winkler (DFL, 46A) resigned to move with his family to Brussels.   133 72 61 0 11
1/6/2015 Convenes   134 72 62 0 10
2/25/2014 Convenes   134 61 73 0 12
2/19/2013 Special election Tama Theis (R) won the special election in District 14A and Clark Johnson (DFL) won in District 19A on Feburary 12, 2013 and they were sworn in on February 19, 2013.   134 61 73 0 12
1/8/2013 Convenes Districts 14A and 19A were vacant at the convening of the Legislature due to resignations.   132 60 72 0 12
1/3/2013 Resignation Rep. Steve Gottwalt (R, 14A) resigned to take a job in the private sector.   132 60 72 0 12
12/19/2012 Resignation Rep. Terry Morrow (DFL, 19A) resigned to take a job in the private sector.   133 61 72 0 11
11/6/2012 Election   134 61 73 0 12
4/17/2012 Resignation Rep. Lyle Koenen (DFL, 20B) resigned on April 17, 2012 to take a Senate District 20 seat he won in a special election on April 10, 2012. His seat was not filled by a special election.   133 72 61 0 11
1/24/2012 Convenes   134 72 62 0 10
1/19/2012 Special election Susan Allen (DFL) won a special election for a House seat in District 61B on January 10, 2012. She was sworn in on January 19, 2012.   134 72 62 0 10
10/25/2011 Resignation Rep. Jeff Hayden (DFL, 61B) resigned effective October 25, 2011 in order to take the Senate District 61 seat he won in a special election on October 18, 2011.   133 72 61 0 11
2/22/2011 Special election Carly Melin (DFL) won the special election for a House seat in District 5B on February 15, 2011. She was sworn in on February 22, 2011.   134 72 62 0 10
1/13/2011 Resignation Rep. Tony Sertich (DFL) from 5B resigned to become the Commissioner of the Minnesota Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board.   133 72 61 0 11
1/4/2011 Convenes   134 72 62 0 10
2/4/2010 Convenes   134 47 87 0 40
1/6/2009 Convenes   134 47 87 0 40
2/12/2008 Convenes   134 49 85 0 36
12/1/2007 Party change Rep. Mark Olson (16B) changes from Republican to independent Republican. a  134 49 85 0 36
8/16/2007 Special election Steve Drazkowski (R) won a special election in District 28B on August 7, 2007. He was sworn in on August 16, 2007.   134 49 85 0 36
7/17/2007 Resignation Rep. Steve Sviggum (R) resigned from District 28B to become Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry.   133 48 85 0 37
1/3/2007 Convenes   134 49 85 0 36
6/21/2006 Resignation Rep. Ron Abrams (R, 43B) resigned effective June 21, 2006. He was appointed to be a Judge with the Hennepin County District Court/4th Judicial District. No special election was held.   133 67 66 0 1
3/1/2006 Convenes   134 68 66 0 2
1/19/2006 Special election Larry Haws (DFL) won the special election for a House seat in District 15B on December 27, 2005. He was sworn in on January 19, 2006.   134 68 66 0 2
12/12/2005 Resignation Joe Opatz (DFL, 15B) resigned to become interim president of Central Lakes College.   133 68 65 0 3
1/4/2005 Convenes   134 68 66 0 2
8/31/2004 Resignation Rep. Alice Seagren (R, 41B) was appointed to be the Education Commissioner. There was no special election.   129 77 52 0 25
8/31/2004 Resignation Rep. Tom Pugh (DFL, 39A) was appointed to the Public Utilities Commission. There was no special election.   129 77 52 0 25
7/21/2004 Resignation Rep. Eric Lipman (R, 56A) resigned to become the state sex-offender policy coordinator. There was no special election.   131 78 53 0 25
7/21/2004 Resignation Rep. Chris Gerlach (R, 37A) resigned in order to take the Senate District he won in a special election on July 13, 2004. There was no special election for his House seat.   131 78 53 0 25
6/30/2004 Resignation Rep. Doug Stang (R, 14B) resigned to become assistant Health Department Commissioner. There was no special election.   133 80 53 0 27
2/2/2004 Convenes   134 81 53 0 28
1/8/2004 Special election Scott Newman (R) won the special election for a House seat in District 18A on December 30, 2003. He was sworn in on January 8, 2004.   134 81 53 0 28
11/24/2003 Resignation Rep. Tony Kielkucki (R, 18A) resigned to take a position as Deputy Secretary of State position in the Elections Office.   133 80 53 0 27
3/3/2003 Special election Kurt Zellers (R) won the special election for a House seat in District 32B on February 25, 2003. He was sworn in around March 3, 2003.   134 81 53 0 28
2/17/2003 Special election Rebecca Otto (DFL) won the special election for a House seat in District 52B on February 11, 2003. She was sworn in on February 17, 2003.   133 80 53 0 27
2/10/2003 Special election Duke Powell (R) won the special election for a House seat in District 40A on February 3, 2003. He was sworn in on February 10, 2003.   132 80 52 0 28
1/30/2003 Resignation Rep. Rich Stanek (R, 32B) resigned to take an appointment as Commissioner of Public Safety.   131 79 52 0 27
1/17/2003 Resignation Rep. Mark Holsten (R, 52B) resigned to take an appointment as Deputy Commissioner of Natural Resources.   132 80 52 0 28
1/7/2003 Convenes District 40A was vacant at the convening of the Legislature due to a resignation.   133 81 52 0 29
1/6/2003 Resignation Rep. Dan McElroy (R, 40A) was elected to serve in the 83rd Legislature but resigned before it began to become the Commissioner of Finance.   133 81 52 0 29
11/5/2002 Election   134 82 52 0 30
8/2/2002 Resignation Rep. James Clark (R, 23A) resigned for familial reasons.   133 70 63 0 7
3/8/2002 Special election John Jordan (R) won the special election for a House seat in District 47A on March 4, 2002. He was sworn in on March 8, 2002.   134 71 63 0 8
1/30/2002 Death Rep. Darlene Luther (DFL, 47A) died of cancer.   133 70 63 0 7
1/29/2002 Convenes   134 70 64 0 6
11/15/2001 Special election Greg Blaine (R) won the special election for a House seat in District 12B on November 6, 2001.   134 70 64 0 6
8/3/2001 Resignation Rep. Stephen Wenzel (DFL, 12B) resigned to take an appointment as state director of rural development for the US Dept of Agriculture.   133 69 64 0 5
1/3/2001 Convenes   134 69 65 0 4
2/1/2000 Convenes   134 70 63 1 7
11/12/1999 Special election Dale Swapinski (DFL) won the special election for a House seat in District 7A on November 2, 1999. He was sworn in on November 12, 1999.   134 70 63 1 7
7/11/1999 Death Rep. Willard Munger (DFL, 7A) died of cancer.   133 70 62 1 8
5/18/1999 Party change Rep. Doug Reuter (28A) changes from R to Ind.   134 70 63 1 7
1/5/1999 Convenes   134 71 63 0 8
2/5/1998 Special election Ray Vandeveer (R) won the special election for a House seat in District 51B on January 27, 1998. He was sworn in on February 5, 1998.   134 64 70 0 6
1/29/1998 Special election James Clark (R) won the special election for a House seat in District 23A on January 20, 1998. He was sworn in on January 29, 1998.   133 63 70 0 7
1/20/1998 Convenes Districts 23A and 51B were vacant at the convening of the legislature.   132 62 70 0 8
1/20/1998 Special election Sondra Erickson (R) won the special election for a House seat in District 17A on January 6, 1998. He was sworn in on January 20, 1998.   132 62 70 0 8
12/22/1997 Death Rep. Barb Vickerman (R, 23A) died of cancer.   131 61 70 0 9
12/19/1997 Resignation Rep. Doug Swenson (R, 51B) resigned to take an appointment to 10th District Court. He was named on December 19, 1997.   132 62 70 0 8
12/6/1997 Resignation Rep. LeRoy Koppendrayer (R, 17A) resigned to take an appointment as Commissioner of Public Utilities. He was named on December 5, 1997 and began serving in the PUC on December 8, 1997.   133 63 70 0 7
11/13/1997 Special election Mary Ellen Otremba (DFL) won the special election for a House seat in District 11B on November 4, 1997. She was sworn in on November 13, 1997.   134 64 70 0 6
9/4/1997 Death Rep. Ken Otremba (DFL, 11B) died of cancer.   133 64 69 0 5
1/7/1997 Convenes   134 64 70 0 6
10/15/1996 Death Rep. Jim Rice (DFL, 58A) died of an apparent heart attack.   133 65 68 0 3
1/16/1996 Convenes   134 65 69 0 4
8/1/1995 Special election Bob Gunther (IR) won the special election for a House seat in District 26A on August 1, 1995. His swearing in date is unknown.   134 65 69 0 4
7/11/1995 Special election Skip Carlson (IR) won the special election for a House seat in District 52A on July 11, 1995. His swearing in date is unknown.   133 64 69 0 5
6/30/1995 Resignation Rep. Gene Hugoson (IR, 26A) resigned to take an appointment as Commissioner of Agriculture.   132 63 69 0 6
6/18/1995 Resignation Rep. Wayne Simoneau (DFL, 52A) resigned to take an appointment as Commissioner of the Department of Employee Relations.   133 64 69 0 5
4/10/1995 Special election Eldon Warkentin (IR) won the special election for a House seat in District 49B on April 4, 1995. He was sworn in on April 10, 1995.   134 64 70 0 6
3/13/1995 Special election Richard Stanek (IR) won the special election for a House seat in District 33B on March 7, 1995. He was sworn in on March 13, 1995.   133 63 70 0 7
3/5/1995 Resignation Rep. Joel Jacobs (DFL, 49B) resigned to take an appointment to the board of the Public Utilities Commission.   132 62 70 0 8
2/13/1995 Resignation Rep. Warren Limmer (IR, 33B) resigned effective February 13, 1995 in order to take the Senate District 33 seat he won in a special election on February 2, 1995.   133 62 71 0 9
1/3/1995 Convenes   134 63 71 0 8
2/22/1994 Convenes   134 50 84 0 34
2/16/1994 Special election Tom Van Engen (IR) won the special election for a House seat in District 15A on February 8, 1994. He was sworn in on February 16, 1994.   134 50 84 0 34
1/24/1994 Resignation Rep. Kathleen Blatz (IR, 40B) resigned to take an appointment as Hennepin County District Judge.   133 48 85 0 37
1/24/1994 Special election Kevin Knight (IR) won the special election for District 40B on January 11, 1994. His swearing in date is unknown. Rep. Kathleen Blatz's resignation was January 24, 1994.   134 49 85 0 36
1/4/1994 Resignation Rep. Alan Welle (DFL, 15A) resigned related to "phonegate" (abuse of telephone privileges).   133 49 84 0 35
7/22/1993 Special election Tim Finseth (IR) won the special election for District 1B on July 13, 1993. His swearing in date is uncertain.   134 49 85 0 36
5/18/1993 Resignation Rep. Wally Sparby (DFL, 1B) resigned to take an appointment as head of the state Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Services office.   133 48 85 0 37
1/15/1993 Special election Jim Rhodes (IR) won the special election for a House seat in District 44B on January 12, 1993. He was sworn in on January 15, 1993.   134 48 86 0 38
1/5/1993 Convenes District 44B was vacant at the convening of the Legislature due to a resignation.   133 47 86 0 39
12/14/1992 Resignation Rep. Gloria Segal (DFL, 44B), in ill health   133 47 86 0 39
11/3/1992 Election   134 47 87 0 38
7/1/1992 Party change Rep. Bob Anderson (IR, 10B) changed to DFL. The date is uncertain.   132 53 79 0 26
5/11/1992 Resignation Rep. Terry Dempsey (IR, 23A) resigned to take an appointment as district judge. There was no special election.   132 54 78 0 24
5/7/1992 Resignation Rep. Sally Olsen (IR, 44A) resigned to take an appointment in the Workers' Compensation Court of Appeals. There was no special election.   133 55 78 0 23
1/6/1992 Convenes   134 56 78 0 22
1/2/1992 Special election Rich Krambeer (IR) won the special election for District 47A on December 17, 1991. He was sworn in on January 2, 1992.   134 56 78 0 22
1/1/1992 Resignation Rep. Linda Scheid (DFL, 47A) resigned to take a job in the private sector.   133 55 78 0 23
2/18/1991 Special election Gregory Davids (IR) won the special election for District 32B on February 12, 1991. He was sworn in on February 18, 1991.   134 55 79 0 24
2/7/1991 Special election Phil Heir (IR) won the special election for District 50B on February 2, 1991. He was sworn in on February 7, 1991.   133 54 79 0 25
1/10/1991 Resignation Rep. Elton Redalen (IR, 32B) was appointed Minnesota Commissioner of Agriculture. He was elected to the 77th session, but resigned shortly after being sworn in..   133 53 80 0 27
1/8/1991 Convenes District 50B was vacant at the convening of the Legislature due to a resignation.   133 53 80 0 27
1/4/1991 Resignation Rep. Joe Quinn (DFL, 50B) was appointed district judge on January 4, 1991. His resignation date is uncertain. He was elected to the 77th session, but did not serve his term.   132 53 79 0 26
11/6/1990 Election   134 54 80 0 26
8/13/1990 Resignation Rep. Tony Bennett (IR, 53A) resigned to take an appointment as U.S. Marshal. There was no special election.   132 53 79 0 26
3/13/1990 Resignation Rep. Jeff Conway (DFL, 30B) resigned amidst criminal felony charges. There was no special election.   133 54 79 0 25
2/12/1990 Convenes   134 54 80 0 26
11/22/1989 Special election Alice Hausman (DFL) won the special election for District 63B on November 7, 1989. She was sworn in on November 22, 1989.   134 54 80 0 26
9/1/1989 Resignation Rep. Ann Wynia (DFL, 63B) resigned to take an appointment as the Minnesota Commissioner of Human Services.   133 54 79 0 25
2/9/1989 Special election Linda Runbeck (IR) won the special election for District 52A on Feburary 4, 1989. She was sworn in on February 9, 1989.   134 54 80 0 26
1/4/1989 Resignation Rep. Gordon Voss (DFL, 52A) resigned to take an appointment as chief administrator of Metropolitan Waste Control Commission.   133 53 80 0 27
1/3/1989 Convenes   134 53 81 0 28
9/7/1988 Resignation Rep. Dan Knuth (DFL, 52B) resigned to take an appointment at the Waste Management Board. There was no special election.   132 51 81 0 30
7/19/1988 Death Rep. John Rose (IR, 63A). No special election was held to fill his seat.   133 51 82 0 31
2/9/1988 Convenes   134 52 82 0 30
11/12/1987 Special election Andy Dawkins (DFL) won the special election for District 65A on November 3, 1987. He was sworn in on November 12, 1987.   134 52 82 0 30
11/12/1987 Special election Dale DeRaad (IR) won the special election for District 30B on November 3, 1987. He was sworn in on November 12, 1987.   134 52 82 0 30
9/2/1987 Resignation Rep. Jerry Schoenfeld (DFL, 30B) resigned to take an appointment as director of the Rural Development Board.   132 51 81 0 30
6/25/1987 Resignation Rep. Fred Norton (DFL, 65A) resigned to take an appointment to the Court of Appeals. He resigned before the special session.   133 51 82 0 31
1/6/1987 Convenes   134 51 83 0 32
1/6/1987 Special election Bernie Omann (IR) won the special election for District 16A on December 22, 1986. He was sworn in on January 6, 1987.   134 51 83 0 32
12/5/1986 Resignation Rep. Carol Dyke (IR, 28A) resigned to move to South Dakota. There was no special election; she was not re-elected in the Nov. 1986 election.   132 67 65 0 2
11/19/1986 Death Rep. Ben Omann (IR, 16A) died of cancer shortly after winning the election unopposed.   133 68 65 0 3
2/3/1986 Convenes   134 69 65 0 4
1/8/1985 Convenes   134 69 65 0 4
3/6/1984 Convenes   134 58 76 0 18
11/8/1983 Special election Ben Boo (IR) elected from 8B   134 58 76 0 18
9/12/1983 Resignation Rep. Tom Berkelman (DFL, 8B) took another job   133 57 76 0 19
1/4/1983 Convenes   134 57 77 0 20
1/12/1982 Convenes   134 64 70 0 6
7/15/1981 Special election Don Frerichs (IR) elected from 32B   134 64 70 0 6
6/1/1981 Resignation Rep. Don Friedrich (IR, 32B) appointed director of state Agriculture Stabilization and Conservation Service. His exact resignation date is uncertain.   133 64 69 0 5
1/6/1981 Convenes   134 64 70 0 6
6/1/1980 Resignation Rep. Leo Adams (DFL, 44B) appointed to Public Service Commission. His actual term end date is uncertain due to the appointment.   133 66 67 0 1
1/22/1980 Convenes   134 66 68 0 2
1/17/1980 Special election Donna Peterson (DFL) elected from 60B   134 66 68 0 2
12/5/1979 Resignation Rep. Stanley Enebo (DFL, 60B) becomes associate director, PERA   133 66 67 0 1
6/19/1979 Special election Frank J. Rodriguez, Sr. (DFL) elected from 67A   134 66 68 0 2
5/18/1979 Unseating Rep. Robert Pavlak (IR, 67A) unseated by vote of the House on charges of unfair campaign practices   133 66 67 0 1
1/3/1979 Convenes Tie b  134 67 67 0 0
3/21/1978 Party change Rep. Glen Sherwood (DFL, 4B) changes to IR   134 35 99 0 64
1/17/1978 Convenes   134 34 100 0 66
12/10/1977 Special election Elton Redalen (IR) elected from 35A   134 34 100 0 66
11/4/1977 Resignation Rep. Neil Haugerud (DFL, 35A) appointed commissioner of Upper Mississippi River Basin Commission   133 33 100 0 67
9/27/1977 Special election Tony Onnen (IR) elected from 22B   134 33 101 0 68
8/1/1977 Party change Rep. Al Wieser (DFL) changes to IR. The date is uncertain.   134 32 102 0 70
7/31/1977 Resignation Rep. Harold Dahl (DFL, 22B) appointed judge   133 32 101 0 69
3/15/1977 Special election Gaylin Den Ouden (IR) elected from 21B   134 31 103 0 72
2/15/1977 Resignation Rep. A. O. Setzepfandt (DFL, 21B) elected from Senate 21   133 30 103 0 73
1/4/1977 Convenes   134 30 104 0 74
1/27/1976 Convenes   134 31 103 0 72
1/7/1975 Convenes   134 30 104 0 74
11/6/1973 Special election Frank Knoll (DFL) elected from 61A   134 56 78 0 22
11/6/1973 Special election Dick Kostohryz (DFL) elected from 50B   133 56 77 0 21
8/1/1973 Resignation Rep. John Boland (DFL, 50B) becomes chair of Metropolitan Council. The date is uncertain.   133 57 76 0 19
7/10/1973 Resignation Rep. Gary Flakne (R, 61A) was appointed to become Hennepin County attorney. The date is uncertain.   132 56 76 0 20
1/2/1973 Convenes   134 57 77 0 20
5/4/1971 Special election Dick Lemke (DFL) elected from 2B   135 70 65 0 5
4/1/1971 Death Rep. Charlie Miller (DFL, 2B)   134 70 64 0 6
1/5/1971 Convenes   135 70 65 0 5
1/7/1969 Convenes   135 85 50 0 35
1/3/1967 Convenes   135 93 42 0 51
1/5/1965 Convenes   135 78 56 1 22
1/8/1963 Convenes   135 80 54 1 26
1/3/1961 Convenes   131 58 73 0 15
1/6/1959 Convenes   131 59 72 0 13
1/8/1957 Convenes   131 65 66 0 1
1/4/1955 Convenes   131 65 66 0 1
1/6/1953 Convenes   131 85 46 0 39
1/2/1951 Convenes   131 87 44 0 43

a Mark Olson was reelected as a Republican in the November 2006 election. However, on December 7, 2006 the Republican caucus suspended him. He then began calling himself an "independent" Republican in 2007. In early December 2007 the Republican members voted to expel him from their caucus.
b In 1979, the parties were evenly divided. An article from the January 8, 1979 Minneapolis Tribune described how the leadership of the Minnesota House would be handled: "Under an agreement tentatively approved late Sunday, the Independent-Republicans will elect the speaker of the House from their ranks. To balance his power, the DFL will get the chairmanship --and a one-vote majority -- of both the rules and tax committees; the DFL will also get the chairmanship of the appropriations committee."
c The four members of the New House Republican Caucus do not caucus with the other Republican House members but they are included with the other Republicans for the purpose of the margin.

Sources of data:

  • Legislative Directory (unofficial), 1957-1973 (Minnesota Railroads Association)
  • Membership directories, 1987-1989 (Minnesota House of Representatives)
  • Newspaper clippings, 1970s- (especially for mid-term changes)
  • House and Senate journals