Skip to main content Skip to office menu Skip to footer
Minnesota Legislature
Skip Navigation Links > > > >

Majority and Minority Leaders of the Minnesota Senate, 1933-present

Compiled by the Minnesota Legislative Reference Library

Compiled from Minnesota legislative manuals and other sources, including previous library compilations and several histories of Minnesota. Where a name or party designation is not given in the list, it was not given authoritatively in the sources so far consulted. It may be available from other sources. 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.

Abbreviations KEY:

A = Alliance, C = Conservative, D = Democrat, DFL = Democratic-Farmer-Labor, E = Extra Session, FL = Farmer-Labor, IR = Independent-Republican, L = Liberal, P = Populist, R = Republican, W = Whig

The position of Majority or Minority Leader, elected at the beginning of the odd year session, is usually held for the full biennium. Changes made during the biennium are noted.

YEAR MAJORITY LEADER MAJORITY
LEADER
PARTY
MINORITY LEADER MINORITY
LEADER
PARTY
2019 Gazelka, Paul R Bakk, Thomas M. DFL
2017 Gazelka, Paul R Bakk, Thomas M. DFL
2015 Bakk, Thomas M. DFL Hann, David W. R
2013 Bakk, Thomas M. DFL Hann, David W. R
2012 Senjem, David H.; He was elected Majority Leader by the Republican caucus on December 27, 2011. R Bakk, Thomas M. DFL
2011 Koch, Amy T.; Announced on December 15, 2011 that she was stepping down as Majority Leader. R Bakk, Thomas M. DFL
2009 Pogemiller, Lawrence J. DFL Senjem, David H. R
2007 Pogemiller, Lawrence J. DFL Senjem, David H. R
2005 Johnson, Dean1 DFL Day, Dick R
2004 Johnson, Dean1 [mid-biennium change] DFL Day, Dick R
2003 Hottinger, John DFL Day, Dick R
2001 Moe, Roger D. DFL Day, Dick R
1999 Moe, Roger D. DFL Day, Dick R
1997 Moe, Roger D. DFL Day, Dick; Elected by caucus, 9 July 1997
Johnson, Dean1
R
R
1995 Moe, Roger D. DFL Johnson, Dean1 IR
1993 Moe, Roger D. DFL Johnson, Dean1 IR
1991 Moe, Roger D. DFL Benson, Duane D. IR
1989 Moe, Roger D. DFL Benson, Duane D. IR
1987 Moe, Roger D. DFL Benson, Duane D. IR
1985 Moe, Roger D. DFL Taylor, Glen
Ulland, James E.; resigned from legislature to become senior vice president for First Bank Systems.
IR
IR
1983 Moe, Roger D. DFL Ulland, James E. IR
1981 Moe, Roger D. DFL Ashbach, Robert O. IR
1979 Coleman, Nicholas D. DFL Ashbach, Robert O. IR
1977 Coleman, Nicholas D. DFL Ashbach, Robert O. IR
1975 Coleman, Nicholas D. DFL Ashbach, Robert O. R
1973 Coleman, Nicholas D. DFL Krieger, Harold G. R
1971 Holmquist, Stanley W. C Coleman, Nicholas D. L
1969 Holmquist, Stanley W. C Grittner, Karl F. (Karl Frederick) L
1967 Holmquist, Stanley W. C Grittner, Karl F. (Karl Frederick) L
1965 Zwach, John M. C Thuet, Paul A. L
1963 Zwach, John M. C Thuet, Paul A. L
1961 Zwach, John M. C Schultz, Harold W. L
1959 Zwach, John M. C Schultz, Harold W. L
1957 Miller, Archie H.   Schultz, Harold W. L
1955 Miller, Archie H. C Schultz, Harold W. L
1953 Miller, Archie H. C Novak, B. G. (Bolesaw G., "Bill") L
1951 Miller, Archie H. C Novak, B. G. (Bolesaw G., "Bill") L
1949 Miller, Archie H.
Orr, Charles N. (Charles Noah); died in car accident
C
C
   
1947 Orr, Charles N. (Charles Noah) C    
1945 Orr, Charles N. (Charles Noah) C    
1943 Orr, Charles N. (Charles Noah) C    
1941 Orr, Charles N. (Charles Noah) C    
1939 Orr, Charles N. (Charles Noah) C    
1937 Orr, Charles N. (Charles Noah) C    
1935 Orr, Charles N. (Charles Noah) C    
1933 Orr, Charles N. (Charles Noah) C    

1Dean Johnson changed political parties and has been both Majority Leader and Minority Leader as a member of different parties.