Election day 2022 will shape local, state and federal policy for years to come. All 201 seats in the Minnesota Legislature, as well as all constitutional offices, Minnesota’s U.S. congressional seats, and several county and local seats were up for election. Redistricting this year also meant that all candidates were running in newly drawn districts, creating a lot of uncertainty on the outcome.
It will take some time for the dust to settle now that the election is over. The first weeks following the election will be busy for new and familiar faces alike, regardless of who controls the Minnesota House and Senate. After voting on party leadership, caucuses in both bodies will have to sort out committee structure, appoint new committee chairs and make committee assignments. In addition, members will have to settle into their offices and pick their seats in the respective chambers. This will occur in the coming weeks — so we will have to wait until closer to the start of the 2023 session for the dust to settle.
So far, Sen. Kari Dziedzic (DFL-Minneapolis) has been elected as the Majority Leader in the Senate, and Sen. Mark Johnson (R-East Grand Forks) has been elected as the Minority Leader. The Senate DFL caucus also elected Sen. Bobby Joe Champion (DFL-Minneapolis) as President, Sen. John Marty (DFL-Roseville) as Finance Chair, and Sen. Ann Rest (DFL-New Hope) as Tax Chair. In the House, Rep. Jamie Long (DFL-Minneapolis) has been elected as the Majority Leader. Rep. Melissa Hortman (DFL-Brooklyn Park) will remain the Speaker of the House. Expect more updates on committee assignments and House minority leadership elections in upcoming issues of Ewald at the Capitol.
Although election results will not be made official by the state canvassing board until Nov. 29, Democrats held on to their House majority (70-64) and obtained a narrow majority (34-33) in the Senate. DFL Gov. Tim Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan were elected to another term as well as the incumbent Democrats in each constitutional office.
However, we are awaiting pending recounts in several races in northern Minnesota. In House District 3A, Republican candidate Roger Skraba beat Rep. Rob Ecklund by just 15 votes. In House District 3B, Republican Natalie Zeleznikar is 35 votes ahead of Rep. Mary Murphy. The narrow margins in these two races automatically triggered a recount. Results will not be final until these recounts are completed.
A roster of all members-elect of MN legislature is included in the resources section. Notable races include:
SD3* – Grant Hauschild (DFL) beat Andrea Zupancich (GOP)
*SD3 gave Democrats their one-vote majority in the Senate
SD 14 – Sen. Aric Putnam (DFL) beat Tama Theis (GOP)
SD 35 – Sen. Jim Abeler (GOP) beat Kari Rehrauer (DFL)
SD 36 – Heather Gustafson (DFL) beat Sen. Roger Chamberlain (GOP)
SD 41 – Judy Seeberger (DFL) beat Tom Dippel (GOP)
HD 3A – Roger Skraba (GOP) beat Rob Ecklund (DFL) (pending recount)
HD 3B – Natalie Zeleznikar (GOP) beat Rep. Mary Murphy (DFL) (pending recount)
HD 7B – Rep. David Lislegard (DFL) beat Matt Nori (GOP)
HD 14B – Rep. Dan Wolgamott (DFL) beat Aaron Henning (GOP)
HD 18A – Jeff Brand (DFL) beat Rep. Susan Akland (GOP)
HD 23B – Rep. Patricia Mueller (GOP) beat Thomas Stiehm (DFL)
HD 32B – Matt Norris (DFL) beat Rep. Donald Raleigh (GOP)
HD 35A – Rep. Zack Stephenson (DFL) beat Rep. John Heinrich (GOP)
HD 48B – Lucille Rehm (DFL) beat Rep. Greg Boe (GOP)
HD 54A – Brad Tabke (DFL) beat Rep. Erik Mortensen (GOP)