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Minnesota Legislative retirements (#mnleg)

If you know of others to add to the list, please email or contact me on Twitter at @rachelsb. (Because the list has grown long, you may need to click "read next page" to see the whole thing.)


  1. Rep. Connie Doepke, R-Orono (running in a primary for Senate District 33)
  2. Rep. Mark Buesgens, R-Savage
  3. Rep. Denise Dittrich, DFL- Champlin.
  4. Rep. Roger Crawford, R- Mora (announced on 6/4 that he had had two 'mild' heart attacks and would not run again)
  5. Rep. Keith Downey, R-Edina (running for Senate District 49)
  6. Rep. Kurt Bills, R-Rosemount (running for U.S. Senate)
  7. Rep. Nora Slawik, DFL-Maplewood
  8. Rep. Sandra Peterson, DFL-New Hope (said on 5/23, "due to recent, unexpected health concerns, I need to refocus my energies onto re-cooperation and spending time with my family."
  9. Rep. Ron Shimanski, R-Silver Lake (Lost in an endorsing contest after placed in same district with Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen, R-Glencoe, on 3/23)
  10. Rep. Marion Greene, DFL-Minneapolis (Lost in an endorsing contest after placed in same district with Rep. Frank Hornstein, DFL-Minneapolis, on 3/23)
  11. Rep. Kory Kath, DFL-Owatona
  12. Rep. Lyle Koenen, DFL-Clara City (running for Senate District 17. UPDATE: Filed to run in Senate District 20 special election. SD 20 becomes SD 17 post-redistricting. UPDATE II: Won the Senate District 20 special election on April 10.)
  13. Rep. Kate Knuth, DFL- New Brighton
  14. Rep. Morrie Lanning, R-Moorhead. 
  15. Rep. Bobby Joe Champion, DFL-Minneapolis (running for Senate District 59)
  16. Rep. Branden Petersen, R-Andover (running for Senate District 35)
  17. Rep. Bev Scalze, DFL-Little Canada (running for Senate District 42)
  18. Rep. Mary Kiffmeyer, R-Big Lake (running for Senate District 30)
  19. Rep. Bill Hilty, DFL-Finlayson
  20. Rep. Kent Eken, DFL-Twin Valley  (running for the Senate)
  21. Rep. Carol McFarlane, R-White Bear Lake (redistricted into same seat at House Majority Leader Matt Dean, lost endorsement and decided not to run in a primary.)