Health, Housing and Family Security, Ranking Minority Member;
Finance - Agriculture and Veterans Budget and Policy Division;
Finance - Health and Human Services Budget Division;
Finance - Higher Education Budget and Policy Division
Koering defeated DFL Sen. Don Samuelson in their third head-to-head contest in 2002. Samuelson was a 34-year incumbent at the time. After his victory, Koering was seen as a determined political giant-slayer.
In 2005, Koering publicly announced he's gay.
It was in the midst of a contentious debate in the state Senate over gay marriage. Initially Koering was the only Republican who voted against an effort to bring a constitutional ban on gay marriage to a vote on the Senate floor.