Senate DFL Announces Assistant Leaders

SAINT PAUL, MN— Late last night, Senators Melisa Franzen (SD 49), Nick Frentz (SD 19), and Foung Hawj (SD 67) were elected by the Senate DFL caucus to serve as their assistant leaders.

“Assistant leaders are essential to our collective work as a caucus and the overall success of the Minnesota Senate. I am confident this strong team of experienced public leaders will step up to meet the challenges we are facing with dedication and bold leadership,” said Senate DFL Leader Susan Kent. “I look forward to working with them to build a better future for all Minnesotans.”

Senator Melisa Franzen was elected in 2012 and will be serving her third term. She represents Senate District 49, which includes the communities of Bloomington, Eden Prairie, Minnetonka, and Edina.

“Our Senate DFL caucus is committed to get to work this upcoming legislative session to battle this pandemic, to ensure economic prosperity and justice for every Minnesotan,” said Senate DFL Assistant Leader Melisa Franzen. “I’m honored to serve alongside these proactive colleagues who are ready to do the work that Minnesotans are looking for from their leaders at the Capitol.”

First elected in 2016, Senator Nick Frentz will serve his second term in the Minnesota Senate. Senator Frentz represents the cities of St. Peter, Nicollet, Mankato, North Mankato, Eagle Lake, Kasota, and rural Nicollet County. 

“I am honored and humbled to be chosen by my peers to serve as Assistant Minority Leader. Now more than ever, rural Minnesota needs a voice and strong advocate in the Minnesota Senate to represent us,” said Senate DFL Assistant Leader Nick Frentz. “This role provides me the opportunity to bring my experience, vision, and bipartisan advocacy directly to our leadership team.”

Senator Foung Hawj was elected in 2012 and will serve his third term in the Senate. Senator Hawj represents District 67, the East Side of St. Paul.

“I happily and with respect to accept this leadership role in the MN DFL Senate Caucus. I am thankful for the support and confidence of my colleagues. Our purpose as the DFL Caucus is to represent the interest and needs of all Minnesotans.  I will bring another perspective to this equation,” said Senate DFL Assistant Minority Leader Foung Hawj. “We have so much to do, first to bring COVID-19 under control and address inequities in our response including relief for renters and for those who provide rental properties. As we build back stronger, we must have a laser focus on addressing affordable housing, racial equity, health care, education, small businesses and criminal justice reform.”

Senator Susan Kent
Susan Kent represents District 53 in the eastern Twin Cities metropolitan area.

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Melisa Franzen represents District 49 in the southwest Twin Cities metropolitan area.

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Foung Hawj represents District 67, which includes the east side of Saint Paul in Ramsey County in the central Twin Cities metropolitan area.

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Nick Frentz represents Senate District 19, which includes portions of Blue Earth, Le Sueur, and Nicollet counties in the south central part of the state.

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