Updated: 01/30/2014 6:14 PM
Created: 01/29/2014 8:51 PM KSTP.com
By: Scott Theisen
Minnesota gubernatorial candidate Dave Thompson has chosen a fellow GOP state senator as his running mate.
Thompson introduced second-term Sen. Michelle Benson as his choice for lieutenant governor on Thursday.
Thompson is one of seven Republicans vying to take on Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton but the first to fill out his ticket.
Benson was first elected in 2010, the same year as Thompson. She has emerged as a leading critic of the state's health insurance marketplace. Married with three children, Benson lives in Ham Lake.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.