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The House DFL this evening elected Paul Thissen of Minneapolis as their new leader. The caucus reportedly met for three hours. They gathered in St. Paul two days after losing their majority to the Republicans in the general election.

Paul Thissen chosen as House minority leader

Paul Thissen

Paul Thissen

House DFLers this evening elected Paul Thissen of Minneapolis as their new leader.

The Star Tribune’s Hot Dish political blog reported the caucus meeting lasted three hours.

The House DFL’s 87-47 majority went up in smoke in Tuesday’s elections. Based on unofficial results, DFLers lost a net 25 seats, which was enough to cost them the majority.

Thissen, who has been chairman of the House health care policy committee and unsuccessfully sought the DFL endorsement for governor this year, actively campaigned for DFL candidates throughout the state this summer and fall.

House Republican leader Kurt Zellers, who is expected to become speaker designate when his caucus meets on Saturday, said he hopes to work together with Thissen.

“I congratulate Representative Thissen on his new position and look forward to working with him over the next two years,” Zellers said. “I plan to extend the offer to continue the weekly meetings Speaker Kelliher and I had during session. People want to see that we can worktogether and those meetings are helpful to both caucuses. We obviously won’t agree on everything, but we can still maintain our respect for each other and the job we’re elected to do.”


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