On Thursday, Senator Kent Eken (DFL- Twin Valley), Senator Lindsey Port (DFL- Burnsville), Senator Mary Kunesh (DFL-New Brighton), Senator Putnam (DFL-Saint Cloud), Senator Johnson Stewart (DFL-Minnetonka), Senator Carlson (DFL-Eagan), Senator McEwen (DFL-Duluth), Senator Clausen (DFL-Apple Valley), and advocates from Fair Vote MN to discuss the need to enact Ranked Choice Voting in federal, state, and local elections. This press conference comes as Senate Republicans continue to work to take away local communities right to enact Rank Choice Voting.
On Sunday, April 11, 2021, Daunte Wright was killed by Brooklyn Center police. In response to this devastating event, Senators Isaacson, Wiklund, Johnson Stewart, Eaton, Pappas, Putnam, Dziedzic, Dibble, Carlson, Port, Murphy, Klein, McEwen, Kent, Cwodzinski, Wiger, and Marty release the following statement in support of the Minnesota Senate’s People of Color and Indigenous (POCI) Caucus members:
On Monday, March 22, 2021, Senate DFL Leader Susan Kent (DFL- Woodbury), Senator Jim Carlson (DFL- Eagan), Senator Lindsey Port (DFL- Burnsville), and Senator Kent Eken (DFL- Twin Valley) held a press conference to discuss the Senate DFL’s priority for protecting and advancing democracy. Following the press conference, the legislators released the following statement:
Thank you for your work to ensure that all Minnesotans voices and perspectives are heard in our state legislature. As we work for the good of all Minnesotans, we write to strongly encourage you to support legislation that we will be introducing alongside Representative Hodan Hassan. This bill makes small changes to ensure that all Minnesotans have full access to the religious freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of Minnesota.
On January 6, 2021, demonstrators in Washington, D.C., vandalized public buildings, endangered the lives of lawmakers, staff, and the general public, and jeopardized the peaceful transfer of Presidential power.
The 2021 Legislative Session began Tuesday, January 5 with the ceremonial swearing-in of the 67 new and returning members of the Minnesota State Senate. State Senator Kent Eken (DFL-Twin Valley) will be returning to serve his third term as Senator for Senate District 4.