Fischbach Says She Would Run for Senate Seat, Resign as Lt. Governor

December 29, 2017 06:20 PM

State Sen. Michelle Fischbach says that if she is forced to resign her Senate seat to become Lt. Governor, she intends to run for that vacated seat in a special election. If she were to win that, she says she would resign as Lt. Governor.

"My first intention is to represent the people of my district and remain a State Senator, and I believe I can do that and carry out the duties of Lt. Governor," Fischbach said Friday. "But if I am denied my Senate seat by some measure, I intend to run for my Senate seat in the special election."

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Fishbach, R-Paynesville, won her re-election bid in 2016 with nearly 70 percent of the vote. Her district covers portions of Benton, Morrison, Pope and Stearns counties. If she were to win any forthcoming special election to fill her vacated seat, Fischbach is clear about her plans.

"If I were to win the race to fill my Senate seat, in any special election, I intend to resign as Lt. Governor and represent the people who elected me to the Senate," she said.

KSTP has reached out to Gov. Mark Dayton's office and the Senate DFL Caucus for reaction to Fischbach's comments, but has not received a response.

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