Republicans in the Minnesota Senate have selected Sen. David Hann of Eden Prairie as their new minority leader.
Hann was elected to a fourth term on Tuesday, but his caucus lost the majority status it held the past two years. The DFL will now hold both chambers of the Legislature, as well as the governor’s office. During a news conference today, Hann said the Republican minority is ready to do the work of the people.
“We are looking forward with our colleagues on the other side of the aisle and the governor in the interest of the people of the state, and we will work with them when we can,” Hann said. “But we also will be serving as a check when we think they are exceeding what the people’s expectations are, and we want to be able to make sure that we are speaking for the people of Minnesota at all times.”
Hann said Senate Republicans are leaving state finances in better shape than they were when they won the majority in 2010, and are proud of their record of the past two years.
He was elected to a four-year term as minority leader.
On Thursday, Senate Democrats elected Sen. Tom Bakk of Cook as their new majority leader.