DFL Sen. Larry Pogemiller says he will not seek the Minority Leader position in the DFL Senate Caucus after Republicans picked up 16 seats in Tuesday’s election and claimed the majority in the chamber.
Here is the statement from former Majority Leader Pogemiller to the DFL Senate Caucus:
“In light of last night’s results and upon reflection this morning, I wanted you to know I have decided not to seek the position of Minority Leader for our caucus. No matter how committed we were or hard we all worked, in the end it didn’t matter, the result is the result. We were not able to bring an exemplary group of legislators across the finish line. It is an honor to have had the opportunity to serve you as Majority Leader these past four years.”
Sen. Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook, was rumored to be eying the Majority Leader position while the DFL still had control. It remains to be seen if he will step up for the Minority slot with Pogemiller stepping down.
Many Capitol hands have predicted a spirited run for head of the GOP Caucus. Sen. Dave Senjem of Rochester is the current Minority Leader, and would be the presumptive favorite for Majority Leader, but Sen. Amy Koch is said to be a likely challenger. She headed up the caucus’ election efforts this year, and many have credited her hard work for taking the majority.
Pogemiller, from Minneapolis, served two bienniums as Majority Leader. He was first elected to the Senate in 1982, after serving one term in the state House.