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Bakk, Thissen to lead Democratic majority in Minnesota Legislature

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  • Democrats take Minn. Legislature in election hat trick

    Democrats take Minn. Legislature in election hat trick

    Thursday, November 8 2012 12:12 AM EST2012-11-08 05:12:59 GMT
    Election Day brought big victories to Minnesota Democrats, who took back control of the Legislature on the same night the state renewed its support of President Barack Obama at the polls.
    Election Day brought three big victories to Democrats in Minnesota, who took back control of the state House and Senate for the first time in more than two decades on the same night the state renewed its support of President Barack Obama at the polls.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) -

Democrats spent Thursday deciding who would lead the legislative majorities they won in Tuesday's election.

The Senate DFL Caucus announced Sen. Tom Bakk's election as majority leader Thursday on Twitter after the caucus met privately at a St. Paul hotel. Bakk, of Cook, led the Democratic minority during the past two years.

Shortly after 10 p.m., House Democrats confirmed they had elected current Minority Leader Paul Thissen, of Minneapolis, as speaker. Though that caucus meeting lasted much longer than the meeting in the Senate, the result was not a surprise.

"I am honored to have the support of Minnesotans and my colleagues for this opportunity to work to move Minnesota forward," said Thissen. "As Speaker of the House, I will work hard and listen to Minnesotans so we can make progress on the bread-and-butter issues facing our state. To move forward, we must work together with Governor Dayton and legislators on both sides of the aisle so we get passed the gridlock and govern effectively. We face big challenges but we can meet them if we work together. It is time to roll up our sleeves and get to work." 

Democrats won 39 of the Senate's 67 seats and 73 of the House's 134 seats two years after losing power to Republicans.

 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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