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Results of Special Elections for the Minnesota Legislature, 1849-present

Compiled by the Minnesota Legislative Reference Library

Compiled by the Minnesota Legislative Reference Library from information in Minnesota legislative manuals and newspaper articles. 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.  (Prior to 1960, some of the special election dates cannot be verified; see the notes for details.)

Election DateDistrictWho Won?PartyBodyNotes
11/6/201813Howe, Jeff RepublicanSenate He won a special election on November 6, 2018 for the seat vacated by the resignation of Senator Michelle Fischbach to be sworn in as lieutenant governor. He was sworn in on December 11, 2018.
2/12/201854Bigham, Karla Democratic-Farmer-LaborSenate There was a special election held on February 12, 2018 to fill the seat caused by the resignation of Senator Dan Schoen on December 15, 2017. She was sworn in on February 20, 2018.
2/12/201823BMunson, Jeremy RepublicanHouse There was a special election held on February 12, 2018 to fill the seat caused by the resignation of Representative Tony Cornish on November 30, 2017. He was sworn in on February 20, 2018.
2/14/201732BNeu, Anne E RepublicanHouse There was a special election held because the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled, on September 8, 2016, that Rep. Bob Barrett was not eligible to be elected from district 32B because he did not meet the constitutional requirement for residency in that district. She was sworn in on February 21, 2017.
2/9/201635Abeler, Jim RepublicanSenate He won the Senate special election held due to the resignation of Branden Petersen. He was sworn in on February 22, 2017.
2/9/201650BAnderson, Chad RepublicanHouse He won the House special election held due to the resignation of Ann Lenczewski. He was sworn in on February 17, 2016.
12/8/201503AEcklund, Rob Democratic-Farmer-LaborHouse He won a special election due to the death of David Dill on August 8, 2015.
11/3/201546AFlanagan, Peggy Democratic-Farmer-LaborHouse She won the House special election held due to the resignation of Ryan Winkler.
2/12/201319AJohnson, Clark Democratic-Farmer-LaborHouse He won the House special election held due to the resignation of Terry Morrow.
2/12/201314ATheis, Tama RepublicanHouse She won the House special election held due to the resignation of Steve Gottwalt.
4/10/201220Koenen, Lyle J. Democratic-Farmer-LaborSenate He won the Senate special election held due to the death of Gary Kubly.
1/10/201261BAllen, Susan Democratic-Farmer-LaborHouse
1/10/201259Dziedzic, Kari Democratic-Farmer-LaborSenate
10/18/201146Eaton, Chris A. Democratic-Farmer-LaborSenate She won the Senate special election held due to the death of Linda Scheid.
10/18/201161Hayden, Jeff Democratic-Farmer-LaborSenate He won the Senate special election held due to the resignation of Linda Berglin.
4/12/201166McGuire, Mary Jo Democratic-Farmer-LaborSenate
2/15/201105BMelin, Carly Democratic-Farmer-LaborHouse
1/26/201026Parry, Mike RepublicanSenate
11/4/200816Fobbe, Lisa A. Democratic-Farmer-LaborSenate Her margin of victory over Alison Krueger was only 85 votes so an automatic recount occurred. After the recount she was declared the winner by 85 votes. She won the special election called after Betsy Wergin resigned. She was sworn in on December 5, 2008.
11/4/200863Kelash, Kenneth S. Democratic-Farmer-LaborSenate A special election was held on November 4, 2008 after Dan Larson resigned to become a lobbyist. Senator Kelash was sworn in on December 5, 2008.
1/3/200825Dahle, Kevin L. Democratic-Farmer-LaborSenate
8/7/200728BDrazkowski, Steve RepublicanHouse
12/27/200515Clark, Tarryl L. Democratic-Farmer-LaborSenate
12/27/200515BHaws, Larry Democratic-Farmer-LaborHouse Kay Ek ran as an unsuccessful write-in candidate against Larry Haws garnering 26.2 percent of the vote.
11/22/200543Bonoff, Terri E. Democratic-Farmer-LaborSenate
11/22/200519Koch, Amy T. RepublicanSenate
7/13/200437Gerlach, Chris RepublicanSenate
12/30/200318ANewman, Scott J. RepublicanHouse He won the seat vacated by Tony Kielkucki.
2/25/200332BZellers, Kurt RepublicanHouse
2/11/200352BOtto, Rebecca Democratic-Farmer-LaborHouse
2/3/200340APowell, Duke RepublicanHouse
3/4/200247AJordan, John RepublicanHouse He won the special election held due to the death of Darlene Luther.
1/29/200267Moua, Mee Democratic-Farmer-LaborSenate
1/29/200207Prettner Solon, Yvonne Democratic-Farmer-LaborSenate She won the seat held by her husband, Sam Solon, in a January special election after his death in December 2001.
11/6/200112BBlaine, Greg RepublicanHouse
12/14/199904Kinkel, Anthony G. Democratic-Farmer-LaborSenate
11/2/199918Ring, Twyla L. Democratic-Farmer-LaborSenate
11/2/199907ASwapinski, Dale Democratic-Farmer-LaborHouse
4/13/199932Kierlin, Bob RepublicanSenate
3/30/199926Ziegler, Donald N. RepublicanSenate
1/27/199851BVandeveer, Ray RepublicanHouse
1/20/199823AClark, James T. RepublicanHouse He won the seat that was vacant due to the death of Barb Vickerman.
1/6/199817AErickson, Sondra RepublicanHouse
11/4/199711BOtremba, Mary Ellen Democratic-Farmer-LaborHouse She won the seat held by her husband, Ken Otremba, before his death in September 1997.
2/6/199614Fischbach, Michelle L. RepublicanSenate
8/1/199526AGunther, Bob RepublicanHouse
7/11/199552ACarlson, Skip RepublicanHouse
4/4/199549BWarkentin, Eldon H. Independent RepublicanHouse
3/7/199533BStanek, Richard Independent RepublicanHouse
2/2/199533Limmer, Warren E. Independent RepublicanSenate
12/29/199416Kleis, Dave Independent RepublicanSenate
12/29/199447Kramer, Don Independent RepublicanSenate
11/8/199419Ourada, Mark Independent RepublicanSenate
11/8/199431Scheevel, Kenric J. Independent RepublicanSenate A special election was held on November 8, 1994 after Duane Benson resigned to become Director of the Minnesota Business Partnership.
2/8/199415AVan Engen, Tom Independent RepublicanHouse
1/11/199440BKnight, Kevin Independent RepublicanHouse He won the seat vacated by Kathleen Blatz.
7/13/199301BFinseth, Tim Independent RepublicanHouse
1/12/199344BRhodes, Jim Independent RepublicanHouse
1/4/199242Terwilliger, Roy W. Independent RepublicanSenate
12/17/199147AKrambeer, Richard Independent RepublicanHouse
2/12/199132BDavids, Gregory M. Independent RepublicanHouse He finished out Elton Redalen's term.
2/5/199150BHeir, Phil Independent RepublicanHouse
2/10/199061Flynn, Carol Democratic-Farmer-LaborSenate
2/3/199024Piepho, Mark J. Independent RepublicanSenate He won the seat vacated by Glen Taylor.
11/7/198963BHausman, Alice Democratic-Farmer-LaborHouse
2/4/198952ARunbeck, Linda Independent RepublicanHouse She won the seat vacated by Gordon Voss.
12/20/198848McGowan, Patrick D. Independent RepublicanSenate
11/8/198837Pariseau, Patricia Independent RepublicanSenate
11/3/198765ADawkins, Andrew J. Democratic-Farmer-LaborHouse
11/3/198704Decker, Robert Independent RepublicanSenate He finished out Gerald Willet's term.
11/3/198730BDeRaad, Dale L. Independent RepublicanHouse He was elected to finish the term of Jerry Schoenfeld.
12/22/198616AOmann, Jr., Bernard P. Independent RepublicanHouse Initially his opponent, Carl Stich, was declared the winner by 6 votes. After an automatic recount was held, Bernard P. Omann, Jr. was determined to be the winner by 48 votes. He won his father's, Ben P. Omann, seat in the special election called after his father died in November 1986.
2/5/198508Gustafson, James Independent RepublicanSenate
11/8/198308BBoo, Ben Independent RepublicanHouse
7/15/198132BFrerichs, Donald L. Independent RepublicanHouse
5/12/198120Kamrath, Randy P. Independent RepublicanSenate He won the seat vacated by James Nichols.
2/22/198016Omann, Sr., Bernard P. Independent RepublicanSenate
1/17/198060BPeterson, Donna C. Democratic-Farmer-LaborHouse
1/8/198066Barrette, Emery G. Independent RepublicanSenate
11/6/197955Stokowski, Anne K. Democratic-Farmer-LaborSenate She won the seat of her deceased husband, Eugene E. Stokowski.
6/19/197967ARodriguez, Sr., Frank J. Democratic-Farmer-LaborHouse Frank J. Rodriguez, Sr. won the special election after the seat was declared vacant. He replaced Robert L. Pavlak who was subject to a contested election.
6/19/197941Stern, Irving M. Democratic-Farmer-LaborSenate
12/19/197813Rued, David E. Independent RepublicanSenate He won a special election following the resignation of Senator Win Borden. He was sworn in on December 29, 1978.
12/10/197735ARedalen, Elton R. Independent RepublicanHouse
12/3/197749Knaak, Delores J. Independent RepublicanSenate
9/27/197722BOnnen, Tony D. Independent RepublicanHouse
3/15/197721BDen Ouden, Gaylin L.R. Independent RepublicanHouse
2/5/197721Setzepfandt, A. O.H. Democratic-Farmer-LaborSenate He won the Senate special election held to replace Alec Olson who resigned to become Minnesota Lieutenant Governor.
2/1/197533Brataas, Nancy Independent RepublicanSenate
12/23/197412ANelsen, Bruce G. RepublicanHouse
12/14/197436Schmitz, Robert J. Democratic-Farmer-LaborSenate
11/5/197447Merriam, Eugene R. Democratic-Farmer-LaborSenate
11/5/197464Stumpf, Jr., Peter P. Democratic-Farmer-LaborSenate
11/6/197361AKnoll, Franklin J. Nonpartisan Election-Liberal CaucusHouse
11/6/197350BKostohryz, Sr., Richard J. Nonpartisan Election-Liberal CaucusHouse
5/4/197102BLemke, Richard R. Nonpartisan Election-Liberal CaucusHouse
5/9/196923Olson, Alec Gehard Nonpartisan Election-Liberal CaucusSenate
4/8/196966AChristianson, Donna Jean Nonpartisan Election-Liberal CaucusHouse She won the seat held by her husband, Marvin E. Christianson, Sr., before his death on March 8, 1969.
3/25/196915Renneke, Earl W. Nonpartisan Election-Conservative CaucusSenate
3/11/196963Bischoff, Bernard J. Nonpartisan Election-Liberal CaucusHouse He was a part of a contested election with Jack Fena in the 1968 election. He was charged with campaign violations related to false claims in his ads. He was seated and took the oath of office on the first day of session. On February 7, 1969 the Minnesota House of Representatives determined that he was not legally elected. They declared the seat vacant and a special election was held. He won the special election.
5/10/196656Stangeland, Arlan Ingehart Nonpartisan Election-Conservative CaucusHouse
5/4/196522Jensen, Vernon K. Nonpartisan ElectionSenate
3/27/196530Wingard, John P. Nonpartisan Election-Conservative CaucusHouse His opponent, Linn Slattengren, won the 1964 general election but was found guilty of violating the Minnesota Corrupt Practices Act, so he was not sworn in. The seat was declared vacant and a special election was held. John P. Wingard won the special election but his win was contested by Linn Slattengren. The House investigated and determined that neither candidate had violated the law. John P. Wingard was sworn in on April 20, 1965.
11/3/196461Higgins, Raymond J. Nonpartisan Election-Conservative CaucusSenate
11/3/196427Hughes, Keith F. Nonpartisan Election-Conservative CaucusSenate
11/3/196459La Brosse, Francis E. Nonpartisan Election-Liberal CaucusSenate
11/3/196460Wanvick, Arne C. Nonpartisan Election-Liberal CaucusSenate
2/28/195752Renner, Sr., Robert G. Nonpartisan Election-Conservative CaucusHouse Seth R. Phillips and George E. Ericson contested the 1956 election for this seat. Neither one was seated on the first day of the 1957 Session. After an investigation by the House, the seat was declared vacant and a special election was held. Robert Renner won the special election. His official election date is uncertain due to the special election. The date listed is the date he took the oath of office.
11/4/195203Dunlap, Robert R. Nonpartisan Election-Conservative CaucusSenate He was elected to office in a special election to replace the late James A. Carley.
2/8/194942Andersen, Elmer Lee Nonpartisan ElectionSenate He won the special election to replace Charles Noah Orr who died on January 10, 1949.
2/5/194953Anderson, Verner F. Nonpartisan Election-Conservative CaucusHouse He was elected to office in a special election held to replace the late Frank B. Johnson. His official election date is uncertain due to the special election. The date listed is the death date of Frank B. Johnson.
1/4/194901Johnson, John A. Nonpartisan ElectionSenate His official election date is uncertain due to the special election. The date listed if the first day of Session.
3/19/194728Tomczyk, Edward J. Nonpartisan Election-Liberal CaucusHouse His official election date is uncertain due to the special election. The date listed is the date he took the oath of office.
12/28/194407Carey, David M. Nonpartisan ElectionSenate He won the special election that was held due to the death of Daniel D. Murphy on December 3, 1944.
12/27/194450Aune, Roy B. Nonpartisan Election-Conservative CaucusHouse He won the special election that was held due to the death of Rep. Walter Wellbrock. Rep. Wellbrock won the seat during the regular election but died on November 24, 1944 before he was sworn in.
11/7/194451Anderson, Ernest P. Nonpartisan ElectionSenate
11/7/194429Duemke, Sr., Emmett L. Nonpartisan ElectionSenate
11/7/194436Miller, Archie H. Nonpartisan ElectionSenate He was required to run in a special election to complete the final two years of his four-year Senate term after he served as lieutenant governor from 5/6/1943 to 1/2/1945 because he resigned from the Senate on 5/10/1943.
1/13/194307Lund, E. O. Nonpartisan ElectionHouse His election date is uncertain due to the special election. He was elected in a special election to fill the seat that was vacant after Mitchell Perrizo Jr., who was reelected in the 1942 election, withdrew after winning the election.
11/5/194060Blatnik, Jr., John Anton Nonpartisan Election-Liberal CaucusSenate His election date is uncertain due to the special election.
11/5/194033Harrison, Harold Nonpartisan ElectionSenate His election date is uncertain (the year is correct) due to the special election.
11/5/194053Rosenmeier, Gordon Nonpartisan Election-Conservative CaucusSenate His election date is uncertain (the year is correct) due to the special election.
11/5/194032Young, Henry G. Nonpartisan ElectionSenate His election date is uncertain (the year is correct) due to the special election.
1/17/193955Newton, Fred Nonpartisan ElectionSenate A special election was held on January 17, 1939 for Senator John J. White's seat. Senator White died after being reelected on November 8, 1938 but before he was sworn in. Senator Newton was sworn in on January 23, 1939.
11/3/193657Dahle, Clarence A. Nonpartisan ElectionSenate He won a special election to fill a seat after the death of Senator Charles Adams. He was sworn in on January 5, 1937.
11/3/193615Swenson, Oscar A. Nonpartisan ElectionSenate He won a special election after the death of Senator Claude H. MacKenzie. He was sworn in on December 17, 1936.
12/2/193521Hahn, Arthur A. Nonpartisan ElectionSenate His official election date is uncertain due to the special election. The date listed is the first date of the special session when he was sworn in.
12/2/193522Nelsen, Ancher Nonpartisan ElectionSenate His official election date is uncertain due to the special election. The date listed is the first date of the special session when he was sworn in.
3/5/193543Neumeier, Karl G. Nonpartisan ElectionSenate The special election was held due to the death of George H. Sullivan.
3/1/193539Faimon, Albert A. Nonpartisan ElectionHouse His official election date is uncertain due to the special election. The date listed is the death date of Albert Samec.
11/6/193415Swenson, Oscar A. Nonpartisan ElectionSenate He won a special election after the death of Senator Claude H. MacKenzie. He was sworn in on December 17, 1936.
1/3/193353Ebner, Franklin E. Nonpartisan ElectionSenate His official election date is uncertain due to the special election. The date listed is the term start date.
1/3/193307Murphy, Daniel D. Nonpartisan Election-Liberal CaucusSenate His official election date is uncertain due to the special election. The date listed is the term start date.
12/20/193229Teigan, Henry George Nonpartisan ElectionSenate
1/17/192909Saggau, Henry August Nonpartisan ElectionSenate The special election was held due to the death of Sen. Frank Arah (F.A.) Day.
11/6/192831McKnight, Sumner T. Nonpartisan ElectionSenate The Senate seat became open upon the death of William F. Brooks on March 19, 1928.
11/6/192802Rollins, Frederick H. Nonpartisan ElectionSenate He ran in a special election after Sen. Henry Steen died on July 27, 1928. He was sworn in on January 8, 1929.
5/9/192827Spindler, Henry Nonpartisan ElectionSenate His official election date is uncertain (the year is correct) due to the special election. The date listed is the death date of James E. Madigan.
2/7/192765Naplin, Laura Emelia Nonpartisan Election-Liberal CaucusSenate She won the seat of her deceased husband, Oscar A. Naplin.
1/24/192740Olson, Conrad Nonpartisan ElectionSenate He was elected in a special election held due to the death of James D. Denegre.
1/6/192541Memmer, Peter J. Nonpartisan ElectionSenate His official election date is uncertain due to the special election held after the death of Martin J. Conroy on October 11, 1924. The date listed is the term start date.
2/20/191943Sullivan, George Henry Nonpartisan ElectionSenate In the 1918 election, W.W. Wilcox's margin of victory over George Henry Sullivan was 43 votes. A recount occurred and W.W. Wilcox was found to have won by 35 votes. Wilcox was also charged with violations of the fair campaign practices act. After much debate, on January 31, 1919 the Senators declared the seat vacant. A special election was held, which Sullivan won.
2/18/191934Coleman, Arch Nonpartisan ElectionSenate
2/18/191917Cosgrove, Carson Nesbit Nonpartisan ElectionSenate
1/2/191716Rask, Samuel A. Nonpartisan ElectionSenate His official election date is uncertain due to the special election. The date listed is the date he took the oath of office.
11/3/190802French, George H. RepublicanSenate He ran in a special election held due to the death of Patrick Fitzpatrick.
1/8/190448Frater, John Taylor RepublicanSenate He was elected in a special election held after the death of Allen Ferris.
11/3/189606Dunn, Howard H. RepublicanSenate He won a special election on November 3, 1896 for this Minnesota Senate seat. The seat was considered vacant when Frank Arah Day was elected by the Minnesota Senate to assume the duties of Lieutenant Governor on January 25, 1895. When the Legislature reconvened on January 5, 1897 Sen. Day and Sen. Dunn both claimed the seat. Sen. Day is listed in the Journal of the Senate as holding the contested seat until a determination was made on January 23, 1897 that Sen. Dunn had been duly elected and was entitled to the seat. He took the oath of office on January 26, 1897.
11/3/189653Whitney, George A. RepublicanSenate
11/8/189213Little, John T. RepublicanSenate His official election date is uncertain. The date listed is the same date as the general elections of 1892. He succeeded Jeremiah Grinell who died while in office (Toensing says he died in 1893). The Minnesota Legislative Manual, 1893 says Little was elected in 1892.
1/8/188944Holmes, Elon G. RepublicanSenate Since Solomon Gilman Comstock, the former holder of this seat, was elected to the United States House of Representatives in the November 1888 election, this must have been a special election. We don't know when the special election was held, the date listed is the first day of session in 1889.
1/6/188522Hall, Osee Matson Not AvailableSenate His election date is uncertain. The date used is the first day of the 1885 session. We assume there was a special election since it appears that he served out the second half of Martin Spencer Chandler's term.
1/6/188513Severance, Erasmus C. Not AvailableSenate His official election date is uncertain. The date listed is the first day of the 1885 session. He served the remainder of James McLaughlin's term. McLaughlin died while in office in 1883.
1/6/188542Wells, Henry H. Not AvailableSenate His election date is uncertain. The date used is the first day of the 1885 session. We assume there was a special election since it appears he finished out C.F. Washburn's term.
1/6/188503Wilkins, W. T. Not AvailableSenate His election date is uncertain. The date used is the first day of the 1885 session. We assume there was a special election since it appears he finished out William L. Hollister's term.
10/11/188110Fordham, J. Not AvailableHouse He finished out John V. Daniels' term. His official election date is uncertain. The date listed is the first day of the Extra Session.
10/11/188111Hitchcock, George Not AvailableHouse He finished out Orlando B. Kidder's term. His official election date is uncertain. The date listed is the first day of the Extra Session.
10/11/188105Johnson, A. M. Not AvailableSenate His official election date is uncertain. He was sworn in on the first day of the Extra Session on October 11, 1881. He finished out Albert Clark Wedge's term.
10/11/188115Milligan, Francis H. Not AvailableHouse He finished out H. H. B. McMasters' term. His official election date is uncertain. The date listed is the first day of the Extra Session.
11/2/187525Gilfillan, John Bachop RepublicanSenate His official election date is uncertain. He won a special election to fill the unexpired term of John Sargent Pillsbury. The election date listed is the date of the regular election for the Senate even numbered districts.
11/3/186811Sheardown, Samuel B. RepublicanSenate His election date is uncertain. He was elected to fill out the rest of Benjamin Franklin's term, after he died. The date listed is the same date as the 1868 election.
9/10/186203Moore, William S. Not AvailableSenate His electon date is uncertain due to the special election. The date listed is the day he was sworn in. He was elected to finish Sylvanus B. Lowry's term.
10/8/186112Daniels, John V. RepublicanSenate He served the second half of Stiles P. Jones' term. His election date appears to be the same as the regular 1861 election date, but that hasn't been verified.
10/8/186118Duffy, Thomas J. DemocraticSenate He served the second half of Thomas J. Galbraith's term. His election date appears to be the same as the regular 1861 election date, but that hasn't been verified.
10/8/186114Miller, Luke RepublicanSenate He served the second half of Henry W. Holley's term. His election date appears to be the same as the regular 1861 election date, but that hasn't been verified.
10/8/186110Richards, Linus RepublicanSenate He served the second half of John H. Pell's term. According to the Wabashaw Semi-Weekly County Herald on October 2, 1861, the special election was held on the regular 1861 election date.
10/8/186116Webber, Alfred B. RepublicanSenate He served the second half of George Watson's term. His election date appears to be the same as the regular 1861 election date, but that hasn't been verified.
4/27/185706Jewett, Charles Not AvailableTerritorial House His election date is uncertain. The date listed is the date he took the oath of office. He won the special election to replace Morgan L. Noble who resigned.
1/7/185711Bassett, Joel B. RepublicanTerritorial Council His official election date is uncertain. He was elected to finish the term of D.M. Hanson who died while in office. The date listed is the first day of the 1857 territorial session.
1/7/185710Humphrey, Philander P. Not AvailableTerritorial Council His election date is uncertain. He was elected to finish out Charles E. Flandrau's term. The date listed is the first day of the 1857 territorial session.
1/7/185703Wales, William W. Not AvailableTerritorial Council His election date is uncertain. He won a special election to finish out John Rollins' term. The date listed is the first day of the 1857 territorial session.
9/8/184906Morrison, Allan DemocraticTerritorial House In the 1849 election, "Councilor William R. Sturges, of the Sixth District, was elected by his constitutents to both the Council and the House, and his election was so certified and proclaimed by the Governor. He resigned the office of Representative and at a special election Allan Morrison was chosen in his stead." (Holcombe. Minnesota in Three Centuries, Volume 2, p. 438)