Minnesota Becomes Only State in the Nation with Divided Legislature

November 07, 2018 10:31 PM

Something unique happened in Minnesota on election night.

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, Minnesota will be the only state in the nation where the legislature is divided. The Senate remains in Republican control, but the House flipped to the Democrats. The last time there was only one divided state legislature was over 100 years ago in 1914.

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There are 134 seats in the state House. When the next session begins in January, DFLers will have a 75-59 majority. In the 67-seat state Senate, Republicans will keep control with a slim 34-33 majority.


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Experts from both parties say that will mean everyone is going to have to get along. 

"I think this really is going to have to show that all of our legislators and leaders in St. Paul are going to have to work across the aisle to get things done," Minnesota GOP Chair Jennifer Carnahan said.

"Hopefully we can govern together," said former DFL State Sen. Ember Reichgott Junge. "With a one-seat majority in the Senate, they don't have a lot of room for leverage for negotiations. So we are all going to have to work together and I think that's a very positive thing coming into the next session."

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