The Hutchinson Leader is reporting that GOP state Sen. Steve Dille will not seek reelection. Dille is one of only two GOP senators (Denny Frederickson is the other) who voted to override Gov. Pawlenty’s veto of a transportation funding package. What was remarkable about those votes is that Democrats in the Minnesota Senate already held a veto proof majority.
The major action was in the Minnesota House. Six Republicans voted for the override.
Here’s what happened to the Republicans who voted to override Pawlenty’s veto:
GOP Rep. Jim Abeler – still in the Legislature
GOP Rep. Rod Hamilton – still in the Legislature
GOP State Sen. Dennis Frederickson – still in the Legislature
GOP State Sen. Steve Dille – still in the Legislature but retiring at end of term
GOP Rep. Ron Erhardt – lost his seat in general election
GOP Rep. Neil Peterson – lost his seat in GOP primary
GOP Rep. Kathy Tingelstad – retired in 2008
GOP Bud Heidgerken – retired in 2008.