Tonight, the DFL House Majority will meet at 7:00 pm in the State Office Building to vote on its leadership for the 2019-20 legislative session. House Minority Leader Melissa Hortman (DFL-36B, Brooklyn Park) is expected to stand and be elected as Speaker, but the question over the Majority Leaders post is an interesting one.
Traditionally, the DFL has maintained an urban/rural split between the two positions, but with the results of this election clearly showing the DFL majority is a configuration of a urban/suburban coalition with a spattering of rural regional center communities with DFL representation we think the majority leader will likely come from either Minneapolis or St Paul.
We will be awaiting the results. The names we are hearing for Majority Leader are Reps Rena Moran (DFL-65A, St Paul), Raymond Dehn (DFL-59B, Minneapolis), Ryan Winkler (DFL-46A, St Louis Park) and Rob Ecklund (DFL- 03A, International Falls).