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Legislative Retirements

Compiled by the Minnesota Legislative Reference Library

2017-2018

Legislative retirements at the end of the 2017-2018 biennium.

LEGISLATOR BODY PARTY DISTRICT NOTES
Susan Allen House DFL 62B MinnPost - 12/8/2017
Jon Applebaum House DFL 44B Session Daily - 2/16/2018
David Bly House DFL 20B Northfield News - 2/5/2018
Karen Clark House DFL 62A MinnPost - 12/8/2017
Matt Dean House R 38B Minnesota Public Radio - 1/25/2018
Joe Hoppe House R 47B Chaska Herald - 6/1/2018
Clark Johnson House DFL 19A Mankato Free Press - 1/8/2018
Sheldon Johnson House DFL 67B Pioneer Press - 11/17/2017
Linda Slocum House DFL 50A Session Daily - 5/3/2018
Mark Uglem House R 36A Star Tribune - 2/8/2018
JoAnn Ward House DFL 53A Session Daily - 1/17/2018
Abigail Whelan House R 35A ABC Newspapers - 11/22/2017

Legislative vacancies during the 2017-2018 biennium

LEGISLATOR BODY PARTY DISTRICT NOTES
Tony Cornish House R 23B He resigned effective 11/30/17. Mankato Free Press - 11/21/2017
Michelle Fischbach Senate R 13 She resigned from the Minnesota Legislature on 5/25/2018 and took the oath of office for lieutenant governor on the same day. As the last elected presiding officer of the Senate, Senator Fischbach ascended to the position of lieutenant governor when Lt. Governor Tina Smith resigned on 1/2/2018 to become a United States senator. She filed to run as lieutenant governor on 6/5/2018.
Tony Lourey Senate DFL 11 He resigned on January 3, 2019, just a few days shy of the end of the 2017-2018 biennium.
Joyce Peppin House R 34A She resigned from the legislature effective 7/2/2018. She had announced her intention to retire from the legislature on 5/30/2018.
Paul Rosenthal House DFL 49B He resigned from the legislature effective 9/5/2018. He had announced his intention to retire from the legislature on 6/6/2018.
Paul Thissen House DFL 61B He was appointed to the Minnesota Supreme Court and resigned from the legislature effective 4/20/2018. He had announced his intention to retire from the legislature on 1/3/2018.
Dan Schoen Senate DFL 54 He resigned effective 12/15/17. Star Tribune - 11/21/2017

Current House member seeking Senate seat in 2018

LEGISLATOR BODY PARTY DISTRICT NOTES
Jeff Howe House R 13A Filed to run in Senate District 13.

Current House members seeking higher office in 2018

LEGISLATOR BODY PARTY DISTRICT NOTES
Peggy Flanagan House DFL 46A Filed to run as lieutenant governor. She gave a House floor retirement speech on 5/20/2018.
Debra Hilstrom House DFL 40B Filed to run as attorney general. She lost the primary.
Erin Maye Quade House DFL 57A Filed to run as lieutenant governor. She lost the primary.
Jason Metsa House DFL 6B Filed to run in the 8th U.S. Congressional District. He lost the primary.
Erin Murphy House DFL 64A Filed to run as governor. She lost the primary.
Jim Newberger House R 15B Filed to run for U.S. Senate. He gave a House floor retirement speech on 5/20/2018.
Ilhan Omar House DFL 60B Filed to run in the 5th U.S. Congressional District.

Current House member defeated in the 2018 primary election

LEGISLATOR BODY PARTY DISTRICT NOTES
Bob Loonan House Republican 55A

Current House member suspending campaign in 2018

LEGISLATOR BODY PARTY DISTRICT NOTES
Jim Knoblach House R 14B Minnesota Public Radio - 9/21/2018

Current Senate members seeking higher office in 2018

LEGISLATOR BODY PARTY DISTRICT NOTES
Bobby Joe Champion Senate DFL 59 Filed to run in the 5th U.S. Congressional District. He suspended his campaign on 6/11/2018 and will remain in the Senate.
Karin Housley Senate R 39 Filed to run for U.S. Senate.
Carla Nelson Senate R 26 Filed to run in the 1st U.S. Congressional District. She lost the primary and will remain in the Senate.
Patricia Torres Ray Senate DFL 63 Filed to run in the 5th U.S. Congressional District. She lost the primary and will remain in the Senate.

2015-2016

Legislative retirements at the end of the 2015-2016 biennium. See current biennium.

LEGISLATOR BODY PARTY DISTRICT NOTES
Mark Anderson House Republican 9A Pioneer Press - 2/16/2016
Joe Atkins House DFL 52B Pioneer Press - 1/26/2016
Dave Brown Senate Republican 15 St. Cloud Times - 5/18/2015
Barb Goodwin Senate DFL 41 Star Tribune - 11/13/2015
Dave Hancock House Republican 2A Pioneer Press - 3/18/2016
Alice Johnson Senate DFL 37 Twitter - 4/6/2016
Tim Kelly House Republican 21A Red Wing Republican Eagle - 2/17/2016
Tara Mack House Republican 57A Pioneer Press 4/3/2016
Denny McNamara House Republican 54B South Washington County Bulletin - 6/1/2016
Carly Melin House DFL 6A MinnPost - 1/14/2016
James Metzen Senate DFL 52 Star Tribune - 1/23/2016
Kim Norton House DFL 25B MPR - 9/10/2015
Julianne Ortman Senate Republican 47 Pioneer Press - 5/13/2015
John Pederson Senate Republican 14 St. Cloud Times - 1/8/2016
Roger Reinert Senate DFL 7 Pioneer Press - 1/4/2016
Tim Sanders House Republican 37B Pioneer Press - 2/26/2016
Bev Scalze Senate DFL 42 Star Tribune - 12/9/2015
Yvonne Selcer House DFL 48A Pioneer Press 4/8/2016
Kathy Sheran Senate DFL 19 Pioneer Press Blog - 12/28/2015
Katie Sieben Senate DFL 54 Star Tribune - 2/2/2016
LeRoy Stumpf Senate DFL 1 Senate DFL Caucus - 2/24/2016
Dave Thompson Senate Republican 58 Star Tribune - 1/5/2016

Special circumstances

LEGISLATOR BODY PARTY DISTRICT NOTES
Bob Barrett House Republican 32B The Supreme Court ruled on September 8, 2016 that Rep. Bob Barrett was ineligible to run in the November election because he did not reside in his district.  Minnesota Statute 204B.13 prescribes a February special election under these circumstances.

Defeated in the primary election in 2016

LEGISLATOR BODY PARTY DISTRICT NOTES
Tom Hackbarth House Republican 31B
Phyllis Kahn House DFL 60B
Joe Mullery House DFL 59A
Sean Nienow Senate Republican 32

Current House members seeking Senate seat in 2016

LEGISLATOR BODY PARTY DISTRICT NOTES
Jason Isaacson House DFL 42B Filed to run in Senate District 42.
Carolyn Laine House DFL 41B Filed to run in Senate District 41.
Jerry Newton House DFL 37A Filed to run in Senate District 37.
Dan Schoen House DFL 54A Filed to run in Senate District 54.
Erik Simonson House DFL 7B Filed to run in Senate District 7.

Current Senate members seeking higher office in 2016

LEGISLATOR BODY PARTY DISTRICT NOTES
Terri Bonoff Senate DFL 44 Filed to run in the 3rd U.S. Congressional district.

Legislative vacancies during the 2015-2016 biennium

LEGISLATOR BODY PARTY DISTRICT NOTES
David Dill House DFL 3A Died on 8/8/2015. Special election on 12/8/2015 was won by Rob Ecklund.
Ann Lenczewski House DFL 50B Resigned effective 12/15/2015. Special election on 2/9/2016 was won by Chad Anderson.
Branden Petersen Senate Republican 35 Resigned effective 10/31/2015. Special election on 2/9/2016 was won by Jim Abeler.
Ryan Winkler House DFL 46A Resigned effective 7/1/2015. Special election on 11/4/2016 was won by Peggy Flanagan.