Schoen Officially Files Letter of Resignation

Schoen Officially Files Letter of Resignation Photo: KSTP

December 04, 2017 05:41 PM

Embattled State Sen. Dan Schoen has officially signed his letter of resignation.

It comes after several women came forward in November, accusing the first-term senator and police officer with the Cottage Grove Police Department of sexual harassment.

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As previously announced, his resignation will be effective Dec. 15. The police department also placed him on administrative duties after the allegations surfaced.

At a news conference Monday morning, Gov. Mark Dayton called special elections for the seats of both Schoen and Republican Rep. Tony Cornish, who also resigned in the wake of sexual harassment allegations, for Feb. 12.

"It has been my honor and privilege to serve the constituents of my community for five years," the letter addressed to Dayton reads. "I am proud to say I was elected by a community of my peers to serve the greater good, which I will continue to do as a peace officer.

"I hereby tender my resignation from the Minnesota State Senate effective December 15, 2017."

At a news conference Monday morning, Dayton called special elections for the seats of both Schoen and Republican Rep. Tony Cornish, who also resigned in the wake of sexual harassment allegations, for Feb. 12.

  • Also Monday, Dayton, who underwent surgery for prostate cancer in early March of this year, also announced he is cancer-free following his last checkup.
  • And that his office has incurred $368,000 in legal fills as a result of the ongoing lawsuit over Dayton's line-item veto of the legislature's operating budget.  Those representing the House and Senate say they do not have their legal bill yet.

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