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Don Davis, Forum News Service, Published November 15 2012

Minnesota Legislature: Bakk names Senate committee leaders

ST. PAUL – Incoming Minnesota Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk has announced who will lead committees for the next four years.

Democrats regain control when senators re-turn Jan. 8 for the 2013 session, and lots of familiar Democratic senators will be chairmen.

The decision comes unexpectedly early because last week Bakk said the committee structure and chairmen would not be decided until early December.

Presumptive House Speaker Paul Thissen, DFL-Minneapolis, has not announced who will lead committees in his chamber.

Besides naming chairmen, Bakk appointed Sen. Jeff Hayden, DFL-Minneapolis, as deputy majority leader. That gives Senate DFLers leadership from urban, rural and suburban areas in Hayden, Bakk and Assistant Majority Leader Katie Sieben, DFL-Cottage Grove.

Like leadership, the 17 Senate committee chairmen are a mix of urban, suburban and rural. Six are from northern Minnesota.

The full Senate DFL caucus elected taxes and finance chairmen; leaders appointed the rest.

Here is a look at Senate committees and their chairmen, all Democrats:

The Senate committee schedule shows work beginning at 8:30 a.m. Mondays, sometimes a day when no morning meetings are scheduled to give lawmakers from long distances time to drive to St. Paul. However, no regular meetings are scheduled after 11 a.m. Fridays.

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