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House Republicans, now in the minority with 61 members, picked Blaine Rep. Tim Sanders as minority whip. The job requires Sanders, who is heading into his third term, to count caucus votes and communicate with leadership both before and during major floor votes.

House GOP picks final minority leaders

Rep. Steve Drazkowski (Staff photo: Peter Bartz-Gallagher)

The House Republican caucus has elected the final members of its leadership team ahead of the 2013 legislative session.

House Republicans, now in the minority after the election with 61 members, picked Blaine Rep. Tim Sanders as minority whip. The job requires Sanders, who is heading into his third term, to count caucus votes and communicate with leadership both before and during major floor votes.

“Rep. Sanders is a steady leader and effective communicator within our caucus.  Our members represent communities across Minnesota and they have a variety of backgrounds. Our caucus is fortunate to have Tim to help connect all of our unique perspectives,” Minority Leader Kurt Daudt said in a statement.

The caucus also elected five addtional assistant minority leaders representing both rural and suburban factions of the caucus.  Steve Drazkowski (Mazeppa), Joe Schomacker (Luverne) and Kelby Woodard ( Belle Plaine) will represent rural interests on the leadership team. Rep. Tara Mack (Apple Valley) and Rep. Peggy Scott (Andover) both hail from the suburbs.

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