Three DFLers among new Senators

The Minnesota Senate’s 2011 freshmen class is dominated by 21 Republicans, but there are also three new DFLers.

Barb Goodwin, John Harrington and Roger Reinert will be sworn in as state Senators when the Legislative session begins on Jan. 4.

50Goodwin.jpgSenator-elect Barb Goodwin, DFL-Columbia Heights, District 50

Election: Defeated Republican candidate Gina Bauman.

Family: Married, three children

Occupation: Legislator

Education: BA, Hamline University

Goodwin served three terms in the Minnesota House. She defeated incumbent Sen. Satveer Chaudhary, DFL-Fridley, in the Aug 10 primary.

67Harrington.jpgSenator-elect John Harrington, DFL-St. Paul, District 67

Election: Defeated Republican candidate Krysia Weidell to replace retiring Sen. Mee Moua, DFL-St. Paul.

Family: Single, 7 children.

Occupation: Teacher, manager

Education: BA, Dartmouth College; MA, University of St. Thomas

Harrington, who formerly served as St. Paul’s police chief, emerged from a DFL primary field of nine candidates.

07Reinert.jpgSenator-elect Roger Reinert, DFL-Duluth, District 7

Election: Defeated Republican candidate Rilla Opelt to replace retiring Sen. Yvonne Prettner Solon, DFL-Duluth.

Family: Single

Occupation: College Faculty

Education: BS, University of Minnesota; MS, Mankato State University

Reinert served one term in the Minnesota House.

(Photos courtesy of the Minnesota Senate)

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