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Legislative Time Capsule - 85th Legislature (2007-2008)

Session Dates (All Sessions)

  Convened Adjourned Calendar Days Legislative Days - House Legislative Days - Senate
2007
1/3/2007 5/21/2007 139 75 75
2007 1st Special Session
To provide disaster relief for the flooded counties of Dodge, Fillmore, Houston, Olmsted, Steele, Wabasha, and Winona; to address the 35W bridge collapse; and for other disaster relief.
9/11/2007 9/11/2007 1 1 1
2008
2/12/2008 5/18/2008 97 44 44

Legislation (All Sessions)

  House - Bills Introduced Senate - Bills Introduced Laws Resolutions
2007 2552 Search 2363 Search 138   Search 0
2007 1st Special Session 3 Search 3 Search 2   Search 0
2008 1704 Search 1532 Search 192   Search 0

Legislation - Other Information

Vetoes (All Sessions)

  Full Bills Vetoed
(including pockets)
Pocket Vetoes Bills with Line Item Vetoes [# of lines vetoed] TOTAL
Full Bills Vetoed + Lines Vetoed
TOTAL
Full Bills Vetoed + Bills with Lines Vetoed
2007 12 0 8   [33] 45 20
2007 1st Special Session 0 0 0   [0] 0 0
2008 32 5 2   [56] 88 34

Leadership         

Speaker of the House Margaret Anderson Kelliher  (Democratic-Farmer-Labor)
House Majority Leader Anthony Sertich  (Democratic-Farmer-Labor)
House Minority Leader Marty Seifert  (Republican)
President of the Senate James P. Metzen  (Democratic-Farmer-Labor)
Senate Majority Leader Lawrence J. Pogemiller  (Democratic-Farmer-Labor)
Senate Minority Leader David H. Senjem  (Republican)

Officers

Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives Albin A. Mathiowetz
House Sergeant-at-Arms Sandra Dicke
Secretary of the Senate Patrick E. Flahaven
Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Sven K. Lindquist

Election Results

- Selected election results are available at this page.

Party Control of the House of Representatives (All Sessions)

Date Event Note Total Seats C/R/IR L/DFL Other Margin
1/3/2007 Convenes [Total seats possible = 134] 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
8/7/2007 Special election Steve Drazkowski (R) won a special election in District 28B. 134 49 85 0 36
12/1/2007 Party change Rep. Mark Olson (16B) changes from Republican to independent Republican.
* 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.
134 49 85 0 36
2/12/2008 Convenes [Total seats possible = 134] 134 49 85 0 36
C=Conservative  R=Republican  IR=Independent Republican  L=Liberal  DFL=Democratic-Farmer-Labor

Party Control of the Senate (All Sessions)

Date Event Note Total Seats C/R/IR L/DFL Other Margin
1/3/2007 Convenes [Total seats possible = 67] 67 23 44 0 21
1/1/2008 Resignation Sen. Tom Neuville's (R, 25) resignation takes effect. He was appointed as a Third Judicial District trial court judge. 66 22 44 0 22
1/3/2008 Special election Kevin Dahle (DFL) elected from District 25. 67 22 45 0 23
2/12/2008 Convenes [Total seats possible = 67] 67 22 45 0 23
7/28/2008 Resignation Sen. Betsy Wergin (R, 16) is appointed to the Public Utilities Commission. 66 21 45 0 24
11/4/2008 Special election Lisa A. Fobbe (DFL, 16) and Ken Kelash (DFL, 63) are elected to be sworn in on December 5, 2008. 67 21 46 0 25
11/5/2008 Resignation Sen. Dan Larson (DFL, 63) resigns. 65 21 44 0 23
C=Conservative  R=Republican  IR=Independent Republican  L=Liberal  DFL=Democratic-Farmer-Labor

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