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.
Election: Defeated Republican candidate Gina Bauman.
Family: Married, three children
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.
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.
Election: Defeated Republican candidate Rilla Opelt to replace retiring Sen. Yvonne Prettner Solon, DFL-Duluth.
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)