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List of Majority Leaders of the Minnesota House of Representatives

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List of Majority Leaders of the Minnesota House of Representatives

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This is a list of Majority Leaders of the Minnesota House of Representatives

Name Took Office Left Office Party/Caucus
Winslow W. R Dunn 1901 1903 Republican
George W. Wilson 1903 1905 Republican
Anton J. Rockne 1905 1909 Republican
Henry Rines 1909 1913 Republican
William I. Nolan 1913 1915 Conservative
Thomas H. Girling 1915 1917 Conservative
Willis I. Norton 1917 1933 Conservative
John J. McDonough 1933 1935 Liberal
Roy E. Dunn 1935 1937 Conservative
Carl J. Eastvold 1937 1939 Liberal
Roy E. Dunn 1939 1955 Conservative
Fred A. Cina 1955 1963 Liberal
Aubrey W. Dirlam 1963 1971 Conservative
Ernest A. Lindstrom 1971 1973 Republican
Irv Anderson[- 1] 1973 1981 Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Jerry Knickerbocker[- 2] 1979 1980 Independent-Republican
Willis R. Eken 1981 1984 Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Harry Sieben[- 3] 1984 1985 Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Connie Levi 1985 1987 Independent-Republican
Robert Vanasek 1987 1987 Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Ann Wynia 1987 1989 Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Dee Long 1989 1992 Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Alan Welle 1992 1993 Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Irv Anderson 1993 1993 Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Phil Carruthers 1993 1997 Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Ted Winter 1997 1999 Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Tim Pawlenty 1999 2003 Republican
Erik Paulsen 2003 2007 Republican
Tony Sertich 2007 2011 Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Matt Dean 2011 2013 Republican
Erin Murphy 2013 present Democratic-Farmer-Labor

Notes on Minnesota political party names

  • Republican Party of Minnesota: From November 15, 1975 to September 23, 1995 the name of the state Republican party was the Independent-Republican party (I-R). The party has always been affiliated with the national Republican Party.

In 1913, Minnesota legislators began to be elected on nonpartisan ballots. Nonpartisanship also was an historical accident that occurred in the 1913 session when a bill to provide for no party elections of judges and city and county officers was amended to include the Legislature in the belief that it would kill the bill. Legislators ran and caucused as "Liberals" or "Conservatives" roughly equivalent in most years to Democratic-Farmer-Labor and Republican, respectively. The law was changed in 1973, in 1974, House members again ran with party designation.


  1. ^ From 1979 to 1980, the House was evenly divided. Irv Anderson served as leader of the DFL caucus.
  2. ^ From 1979 to 1980, the House was evenly divided. Jerry Knickerbocker served as leader of the I-R caucus.
  3. ^ Wilis R. Eken resigned as majority leader in 1984. Rather than elect a new majority leader, House Speaker Harry Sieben appointed himself majority leader as well.


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