Senate DFL Leader López Franzen Responds to Senate Republican Special Session Proposal

Earlier today, Senate Republicans released their latest set of conditions for a special session. In response, Senate DFL Leader Melisa López Franzen released the following statement. Read More

Senator Steve Cwodzinski receives Minnesota Professional Firefighters Association Distinguished Service Award

For his work on securing passage of the Hometown Heroes Assistance Program, which will help 20,000 firefighters and their families, Senator Steve Cwodzinski (DFL-Eden Prairie) was presented with a Distinguished Service award by the Minnesota Professional Firefighters Association. Read More

Senator Marty says Republican attacks on Health Commissioner Malcolm are disingenuous

In an attack on the Walz’s administration’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Senate Republicans have threatened to fire Minnesota Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm during a potential special session. In response, Senator John Marty (DFL-Roseville), released the following statement:  Read More

Senator Patricia Torres Ray announces she will not be seeking re-election

Senator Patricia Torres Ray (DFL-Minneapolis) announced today that she will not be seeking re-election in 2022. Senator Torres Ray was first elected to the Senate in 2006 and was the first Latina woman to serve in the Minnesota Senate.  Read More

DFL Senators Condemn Racist Assault on Suni Lee

Earlier today, it was reported that Olympic gold medalist Suni Lee was the victim of a racially-motivated attack in October while in Los Angeles taping Dancing with the Stars. In response Assistant Senate DFL Leader Foung Hawj (DFL-St. Paul), Senator Karla Bigham (DFL-Cottage Grove), and Senator John Hoffman (DFL-Champlin) released the following joint statement.  Read More

Senate DFL Leader López Franzen Statement on Republican Threats to Remove Commissioner Malcolm

As discussions continue on a potential special session to address drought relief for farmers and hero pay for essential workers, Senate Republicans continue to threaten the removal of Minnesota Department of Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm. In response, Senate DFL Leader Melisa López Franzen released the following statement. Read More

Senate DFL members respond to MPCA announcement on impaired waters list

This week, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) added 305 bodies of water to the impaired waters list for a total of 2,904 bodies with 6,168 existing impairments across the state of Minnesota. This list included PFAS contamination found in bodies of water in Greater Minnesota.   Read More

Senator Frentz receives the 2021 Energy Efficiency Champion Award

Chair of the Senate DFL Clean Energy and Climate Caucus, Senator Nick Frentz (DFL-North Mankato), was presented with the 2021 Energy Efficiency Champion Award from the energy efficiency experts at the Center for Energy and Environment (CEE). This award is given “to recognize outstanding work in innovating and improving cost-effective energy efficiency opportunities in Minnesota.” Read More

Senate DFL Leader López Franzen Announces Carly Melin to Serve as Senate DFL Chief of Staff

Senate DFL Leader Melisa López Franzen is announcing today that Carly Melin will become Chief of Staff for the Minnesota Senate DFL Caucus, effective November 29. Read More

Senate DFL Leader López Franzen Responds to Tuesday’s Election Results

Following yesterday’s election, Senate DFL Leader López Franzen released the following statement. Read More