Where do Minnesota House Speakers come from?

I’m a frustrated cartographer. I can’t get enough of maps and mapping. So in the next few months that I’ll be writing regularly for this this blog, you’ll see a lot more visual, geographical ways to look at Minnesota.

Here’s a cool one from the Minnesota Reference Library on the hometown origins of Minnesota’s House Speakers.

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Minneapolis and St. Paul count the most speakers. But it’s not as concentrated as you might think. Including incoming House Speaker Paul Thissen, Minneapolis has produced only 8 of 56 speakers while St. Paul counts only three.

Looking at the map, I’m struck by the concentrations in southern and southeastern Minnesota — and the wide swath of northwestern Minnesota that’s never produced a speaker.

Question: Got a map of Minnesota demographics or politics to share? Drop me a line. I’d love to see it.