Although CGMC’s top goals, such as protecting Local Government Aid, will not change, next week’s election could have a significant impact on our strategy and tactics for next legislative session and in future sessions. All 67 Senate seats and 134 House seats are up for election. With 14 representatives and four senators retiring this year, we know that we will see several new faces. Undoubtedly, other seats will also change party affiliation, bringing in more newcomers.
The most significant question is which party will control each legislative body. The Republicans hold a 35 to 32 majority in the Senate. The Democrats need to gain two seats to take control of that chamber. In the House, the DFL holds a 75 to 59 majority. The GOP would need to gain nine seats to take control of the House.
Another important question is whether rural legislators of either party will assume leadership positions within their respective caucuses and the size of the rural block within each party. Rural legislative leaders within both parties will be important to advance our goals at the Legislature in 2021 and beyond. Moreover, the Legislature is tasked with creating maps for redistricting. Due to population shifts and losses, Greater Minnesota is likely to lose legislative seats. It is important that there are rural voices in the decision-making process to ensure that redistricting is done in a fair manner.
CGMC Executive Director Bradley Peterson will present an in-depth analysis of the 2020 election results and what it means for our efforts at the CGMC Fall Conference coming up on Nov. 19. We encourage you to RSVP and join us for this discussion. Learn more and register for the CGMC Fall Conference.