Senate DFL Leader Susan Kent Responds to Senate Majority Leader Gazelka’s Comments on Special Session

Today, Senate DFL Leader Susan Kent released the following statement, following Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka’s press conference on the anticipated special session. “Senator Gazelka’s call for the Governor to lift all safety measures put in place through his emergency powers are shortsighted. We are by no means out of the woods with the COVID-19… Read More

Senator Ron Latz comments on justice for George Floyd

Senator Ron Latz, DFL-St. Louis Park, DFL Lead on the Senate Judiciary & Public Safety Committee, released the following statement in the wake of the murder of George Floyd. Read More

Senator Carlson Statement on Department of Human Rights Investigation into the Minneapolis Police Department

It was announced that the Minnesota Department of Human Rights filed a civil rights charge against the Minneapolis Police Department and would be investigating the department for systemic discrimination against people of color. In response, Senator Jim Carlson released the following statement. Read More

Senate DFL Leader Susan Kent Praises Dept. of Human Rights Action on Death of George Floyd

Today, the Minnesota Department of Human Rights filed a civil rights charge against the Minneapolis Police Department. The Commissioner of Human Rights, Rebecca Lucero, also announced she will lead an investigation to determine if the Minneapolis Police Department violated the state’s civil rights law in the death of George Floyd and if the department utilizes… Read More

Senate DFL Leader Susan Kent Emphasizes Need to Focus on Solutions not Divisions

After a letter from Minneapolis Police Federation President Lt. Bob Kroll became public on Monday, Senate DFL Leader Susan Kent is emphasizing the need to focus on long-term solutions instead of creating division. Read More

Senator Cwodzinski statement on the death of George Floyd

On Monday, Senator Steve Cwodzinski (DFL-Eden Prairie) released the following statement in response to the death of George Floyd and subsequent protests throughout the Twin Cities metro. Read More

Senator Greg Clausen

Sen. Clausen statement on the killing of George Floyd

Sen. Greg Clausen (DFL – Apple Valley) issued the following statement regarding the death of George Floyd and the subsequent events in the Twin Cities. Read More

POCI Caucus, Speaker Hortman Call for Immediate Legislative Funding for Minneapolis – St. Paul Rebuilding Efforts, Arrest of all Ex-Minneapolis Officers Involved in the Death of George Floyd

Members of the Minnesota People of Color and Indigenous (POCI) Caucus and Minnesota House Speaker Melissa Hortman called for further action to help heal and rebuild the community of Minneapolis that has been impacted in the wake of the recent protests. Read More

Senate DFL Leader Susan Kent Statement on the Arrest of Former Minneapolis Officer that Killed George Floyd

After days of public protests, public outcry, and calls from leaders across the state, the former Minneapolis police officer (Derek Chauvin) that killed George Floyd with excessive use of force was taken into custody and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter. Below is a statement from Senate DFL Leader Susan Kent. Read More

Minneapolis Senators Hayden, Torres Ray Joint Statement on Minneapolis Protest

The community organized what began as a peaceful protest, in response to the officer-involved death of George Floyd, and escalated as conflict arose between protestors and law enforcement officers. Minneapolis Senators Jeff Hayden and Patricia Torres Ray released the following joint statement. “We, along with our constituents, are deeply heartbroken and outraged by the injustice… Read More