Magnus joins a growing list of retirements from the Legislature

Sen. Doug Magnus, R-Slayton, announced today that he’s not running for re-election.

“Eight to 10 years is really what I feel is a limit as to what a person should serve as public servant,” Magnus said. “I’ve reached that 10 year time period and it’s time to move on.”

Magnus chairs the Senate Agriculture Budget and Policy Committee. He said he’s proud of his work on ag and veterans issues. He said he’s most focused taking care of his farm in southwestern Minnesota.

Magnus is the eighth incumbent senator to announce that he isn’t running for re-election. Thirteen members of the Minnesota House have announced they’re leaving after this year.

Here’s the list:

Republicans not running for re-election to the Minnesota Senate:

Gretchen Hoffman (running for Congress)

Doug Magnus

Al DeKruif

Amy Koch

Gen Olson

Geoff Michel

Note: Republican Mike Parry is running for Congress but has not ruled out a run for re-election if he fails to win his party’s endorsement.

DFLers not running for re-election to the MN Senate:

Keith Langseth

Linda Higgins

Endorsement contests:

– Republicans Michelle Benson and Michael Jungbauer were paired in the same district and are battling for the Republican endorsement. Both say they would abide by the party endorsement.

– DFLers John Marty and Mary Jo McGuire were paired and are battling for the DFL endorsement. Marty said he will abide by the party’s endorsement. McGuire wouldn’t make the same commitment when she spoke with MPR News a few weeks ago. told me on Tuesday that she would abide by the DFL endorsement.

Republicans not running for re-election to the Minnesota House:

Mark Murdock

Torrey Westrom (running for state Senate)

Bruce Anderson (running for state Senate)

Mary Kiffmeyer (running for state Senate)

Connie Doepke (running for state Senate)

Branden Peterson (running for state Senate)

Mark Buesgens

DFLers not running for re-election to the Minnesota House:

Kent Eken (running for state Senate)

Lyle Koenen (running for state Senate)

Kate Knuth

Bev Scalze (running for state Senate)

Bobby Joe Champion (running for state Senate)

Mindy Greiling

Endorsement contests in the Minnesota House:

– Republicans Glenn Gruenhagen and Ron Shimanski will battle for their party’s endorsement. Both candidates say they will abide by the endorsement.

– Republicans Matt Dean and Carol McFarlane will battle for their party’s endorsement. Both candidates will abide.

– Democrats Frank Hornstein and Marion Greene will seek the DFL party’s endorsement. Both candidates will abide by the endorsement.

  • http://http:www.mnpolticalroundtable.com Minnesota Central

    Thanks for the great overview … I thought that Tony Cornish and Paul Torkelson now reside in the same district … any update on what Torkelson will do ?

  • JB

    Rep. Torkelson will go the carpetbagger route and move into the newly redrawn 16B because it contains much of his old district (excluding his family farm, hence the move).