Rep. Paul Thissen (DFL-Mpls), an eight-term member of the Minnesota House, announced Wednesday he would not seek re-election this year.
Thissen, who led the House DFL Caucus from 2011-16 and served as House Speaker during the 2013-14 biennium, is seeking the DFL endorsement for governor.
“My fifteen years in the state House has confirmed for me over and over again that Minnesota is a special place and an extraordinary state, a place that should lead — and that is more important now than ever,” he said in a statement.
Thissen was first elected in 2002 to represent a swath of southwest Minneapolis, and served as chair of the House Health and Human Services Committee from 2007-10.
The Minnesota Supreme Court has ordered the Legislature and Gov. Mark Dayton to use mediation to resolve a funding dispute. In an opinion issued Friday, the court also ruled that Dayton’s use of the line-item veto to strip biennial funding for the Legislature was constitutional.
A Ramsey County judge on Wednesday ruled that Gov. Mark Dayton’s line-item veto of legislative funding violated the state’s constitution.
House and Senate leadership OK a resolution to seek outside legal representation in an effort to restore funding for the Legislature that Gov. Mark Dayton line-item vetoed earlier this week.
Day three of the 2017 special session saw lawmakers pass final omnibus bills to be sent to Gov. Mark Dayton, with weary House members wrapping up their work at 2:42 a.m. Friday following a week of long days — and nights — at the State Capitol.
Lawmakers on conference committees must sort through competing bills before finalizing a product to send to the governor.
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