Senate DFL Majority moves Quickly to Confirm Minnesota Transportation, Agriculture Commissioners

DFL Majority Leader Dziedzic Points to Approval of Nancy Daubenberger and Thom Petersen As Another Sign Gridlock and Inaction are Easing at State Capitol

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Senate Majority Leader Kari Dziedzic (DFL-Minneapolis) said today that the Senate confirmation of two of Governor Walz’s commissioners Monday is another sign that the legislature is overcoming the gridlock and inaction of the past.

“We are moving to get commissioners confirmed so that they can do the work of Minnesotans that they’ve been nominated by Governor Walz to do,” said Majority Leader Dziedzic.  “In the past, when nominations have been held up for months and even years, it has disrupted the important work of key Minnesota agencies on behalf of our state. Minnesotans have told us they are tired of gridlock and inaction, and by getting qualified commissioners confirmed in a timely manner, we are putting them in position to get things done for Minnesota.” 

On Monday, the Senate confirmed Nancy Daubenberger as Commissioner of Transportation, and re-confirmed Thom Petersen as Commissioner of Agriculture. The Senate DFL Majority will continue to move to confirm commissioners, a sharp departure from recent years, when Senate Republicans refused to confirm many of Governor Walz’s nominees. Several other nominations will move to the Senate floor later this week, Sen. Dziedzic said.


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Kari Dziedzic represents District 60, which includes Seward, Cedar Riverside, Southeast and Northeast Minneapolis.

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