23 House Retirements

Several members of the Minnesota House gave their farewell speeches earlier this morning. Some of the members served only 1 term. Others served for two decades.

Here’s the list (in order of speeches):

Rep. Marion Greene, DFL-Minneapolis

Rep. Bobby Joe Champion, DFL-Minneapolis (running for Minnesota Senate)

Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove

Rep. Kate Knuth, DFL-New Brighton

Rep. Mike LeMieur, R-Little Falls

Rep. Denise Dittrich, DFL-Champlin

Rep. Pat Mazorol, R-Bloomington

Rep. Larry Hosch, DFL-St. Joseph

Rep. Connie Doepke, R-Orono (running for Minnesota Senate)

Rep. Bev Scalze, DFL-Little Canada (running for Minnesota Senate)

Rep. Mary Kiffmeyer, R-Big Lake (running for Minnesota Senate)

Rep. Kent Eken, DFL-Twin Valley (running for Minnesota Senate)

Rep. Nora Slawik, DFL-Maplewood

Rep. Ron Shimanski, R-Silver Lake

Rep. Bill Hilty, DFL-Finlayson

Rep. Torrey Westrom, R-Elbow Lake (running for Minnesota Senate)

Rep. Mindy Greiling, DFL-Roseville

House members who didn’t give retirement speeches but have said they’re retiring:

Rep. Kurt Bills, R-Rosemount (running for the U.S. Senate)

Rep. Brandon Peterson, R-Andover (running for Minnesota Senate)

Rep. Keith Downey, R-Edina (running for Minnesota Senate)

Rep. Mark Murdock, R-Perham

Rep. Mark Buesgens, R-Jordan

Rep. Bruce Anderson, R-Buffalo Township (running for Minnesota Senate)

Update: I’m told Rep. Murdock was going to speak but had major shoulder surgery last week. He was in the chamber for the stadium vote but I’m told he was in a lot of pain so left before he could give his retirement speech.

There are also two members who lost endorsement battles who haven’t said whether they’ll run in a primary

DFL Rep. Tom Tilberry, DFL-Fridley

GOP Rep. Carol McFarlane, R-White Bear Lake

  • Jim

    Candidates need to establish residency in their district six months prior to the election. That date was May 5th. Have all MN House candidates established residency in their new districts?

    For instance, Lakeville Rep. Mary Liz Holberg was redistricted into 56B, but received the endorsement in the new 58A after stating she intended to move (58A contains most of her old 36A district) . The Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure website still lists her residence as being in 56B, which has its’ own endorsed GOP candidate. Slow record keeping or another retirement?

  • b

    yes yes yes