The Minnesota Senate's 2011 freshmen class is dominated by 21 Republicans, but there are also three new DFLers.
Barb Goodwin, John Harrington and Roger Reinert will be sworn in as state Senators when the Legislative session begins on Jan. 4.
Senator-elect Barb Goodwin, DFL-Columbia Heights, District 50
Election: Defeated Republican candidate Gina Bauman.
Family: Married, three children
Education: BA, Hamline University
Goodwin served three terms in the Minnesota House. She defeated incumbent Sen. Satveer Chaudhary, DFL-Fridley, in the Aug 10 primary.
Senator-elect John Harrington, DFL-St. Paul, District 67
Election: Defeated Republican candidate Krysia Weidell to replace retiring Sen. Mee Moua, DFL-St. Paul.
Family: Single, 7 children.
Occupation: Teacher, manager
Education: BA, Dartmouth College; MA, University of St. Thomas
Harrington, who formerly served as St. Paul's police chief, emerged from a DFL primary field of nine candidates.
Senator-elect Roger Reinert, DFL-Duluth, District 7
Election: Defeated Republican candidate Rilla Opelt to replace retiring Sen. Yvonne Prettner Solon, DFL-Duluth.
Occupation: College Faculty
Education: BS, University of Minnesota; MS, Mankato State University
Reinert served one term in the Minnesota House.
(Photos courtesy of the Minnesota Senate)
Governor-elect Mark Dayton, Lieutenant Governor-elect Yvonne Prettner Solon and the other state constitutional officers will take their oaths of office at Noon on Jan. 3, at the Landmark Center in St. Paul.
Dayton released his inauguration schedule today, with the theme "Going to Work for Minnesota." Dayton will begin the day serving breakfast to students at Wellstone Elementary School in St. Paul. An open house is scheduled throughout the day at the State Capitol. The festivities also include a "People's Inaugural Ball" on Saturday at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The dress code is "Blue Jeans to Black Tie." Tickets for the ball will go for $30, or $15 for students and low-income.
Dayton will announce additional details later this week on his plans to spend part of Inauguration Day traveling around the state.
Here's the schedule released today:
Monday, January 3rd, 2011
What: Governor-elect Dayton and Lt. Governor-elect Prettner Solon distribute breakfast to students at Wellstone Elementary School
Who: Governor-elect Mark Dayton, Lt. Governor-elect Yvonne Prettner Solon
When: 8:30 AM
Where: Wellstone Elementary, 1041 Marion Street, Saint Paul, MN 55117
Invited: Open to the media--Press Contact for this event is Howie Padilla, St. Paul Public Schools at 612 251 5714
What: Inaugural Ceremony and Oath of Office
Who: Governor-elect Mark Dayton, Lt. Governor-elect Yvonne Prettner Solon, Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, State Auditor Rebecca Otto, Attorney General Lori Swanson
When: Ceremony begins at 12:00PM, doors open 10:30AM (Media pre-set time to be determined)
Where: Landmark Center, 75 Fifth Street SW, Saint Paul
Invited: Open to the public and the media. Public seating will be on a first come, first serve basis
What: State Capitol Open House
The open house will include a reception throughout the Capitol and in the Governor's Reception Room, activities for children and exhibits by the Minnesota Historical Society
Who: Governor Mark Dayton and Lt. Governor Yvonne Prettner Solon will visit with attendees
When: 2:00 - 4:30PM
Where: State Capitol, 75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Saint Paul
Invited: Open to the public and the media
NOTE: Media logistics, including cable runs and truck parking, for Inaugural Day will be sent separately. For questions, please contact John Pollard at (651) 329-2373
Saturday, January 8,2011
What: People's Inaugural Ball
Who: Governor Mark Dayton, Lt. Governor Yvonne Prettner Solon, Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, State Auditor Rebecca Otto, Attorney General Lori Swanson
When: 6:30pm to Midnight
Where: Minneapolis Convention Center, Ballrooms A and B
1301 2nd Avenue South, Minneapolis
Invited:Open to the public and the media
NOTE: Anyone may purchase a ticket to the Ball at www.daytoninauguration.org, or at the door. $30 ticket ($15 for students and low-income; further price reduction can be requested) goes to cover the cost of the Inaugural celebrations.
Posted at 4:17 PM on December 27, 2010
by Tim Pugmire
Filed under: Tim Pawlenty
Gov. Tim Pawlenty is spending his final week in office boxing up some materials for the Minnesota Historical Society.
Pawlenty's office announced today that the documents and artifacts from the past eight years included an oversized, novelty veto pen, as well as actual veto stamps. The news release noted that Pawlenty issued 299 complete bill and line-item vetoes during his two terms as governor, including a single-year record in 2008.