Senate DFL Launches Clean Energy & Climate Caucus

SAINT PAUL, Minn. — DFL members of the Minnesota Senate today announced the new statewide Senate DFL Clean Energy and Climate Caucus. The new caucus will focus on growing clean energy in Minnesota and combatting the effects of climate change. The caucus includes 29 members of the Senate DFL, including Senate DFL Leader Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook. Sen. Nick Frentz, DFL-North Mankato, will chair the new caucus.

“We have a responsibility to ensure a sustainable and prosperous future for our children and grandchildren,” said Bakk. “Listening to the thousands of students and families who have come to the Capitol to ask for action this year is just the right thing to do.”

Minnesota Senate Republicans have not held a public hearing to examine the causes and effects of climate change since they took the majority in 2017. The Senate DFL Clean Energy and Climate Caucus will work to give more Minnesotans a voice in the legislative process and promote legislation encouraging clean energy innovation.

“Minnesotans are demanding we act on climate change. We can’t continue to kick the climate can down the road,” said Frentz. “It’s 2019, and we’re seeing wildfires, flooding, and catastrophic storms across the globe. Here in Minnesota we’ve seen damage caused to farms by unprecedented amounts of rain in a short time. We need a public hearing in the Minnesota Senate to discuss proposals to help grow our clean energy economy and combat climate change.”

Senate DFL Clean Energy and Climate Caucus members represent districts across the state from the Arrowhead to the Twin Cities to the farm fields of southern Minnesota. The new caucus will provide a platform for a diverse group of DFLers to work together on issues important to the group instead of falling prey to political attacks. The caucus plans to hold public listening sessions, meet to discuss legislative advocacy, and work to amplify the voices of Minnesotans who want to see the state take action on climate change.

“This new caucus is an opportunity for us to identify the things that bring us together,” added Bakk. “While my district might look and act a bit differently than a district in the metro area, it doesn’t help any of us to let outside forces pit us against each other. We’re all in this together.”

Frentz will convene the first Senate DFL Clean Energy and Climate Caucus meeting in January. Caucus members include:

Sen. Tom Bakk, Cook

Sen. Karla Bigham, Cottage Grove

Sen. Jim Carlson, Eagan

Sen. Bobby Joe Champion, Minneapolis

Sen. Greg Clausen, Apple Valley

Sen. Dick Cohen, Saint Paul

Sen. Steve Cwodzinski, Eden Prairie

Sen. Scott Dibble, Minneapolis

Sen. Kari Dziedzic, Minneapolis

Sen. Chris Eaton, Brooklyn Center

Sen. Melisa Franzen, Edina

Sen. Nick Frentz, North Mankato

Sen. Foung Hawj, Saint Paul

Sen. Jeff Hayden, Minneapolis

Sen. John Hoffman, Champlin

Sen. Jason Isaacson, Shoreview

Sen. Susan Kent, Woodbury

Sen. Matt Klein, Mendota Heights

Sen. Carolyn Laine, Columbia Heights

Sen. Ron Latz, St. Louis Park

Sen. Matt Little, Lakeville

Sen. John Marty, Roseville

Sen. Jerry Newton, Coon Rapids

Sen. Sandy Pappas, Saint Paul

Sen. Ann Rest, New Hope

Sen. Erik Simonson, Duluth

Sen. Patricia Torres Ray, Minneapolis

Sen. Chuck Wiger, Maplewood

Sen. Melissa Wiklund, Bloomington

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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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Tom Bakk is the Senate DFL Leader and represents District 3, which includes portions of Cook, Koochiching, Lake and St. Louis counties in the northeastern part of Minnesota.

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