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Susan Kent ousts Tom Bakk as Senate DFL leader


February 3, 2020

GLEN STUBBE - Star Tribune file

Sen. Susan Kent, DFL-Woodbury, defeated longtime Sen. Tom Bakk in an election for the leadership of the DFL Senate caucus.

DFLer Susan Kent was elected Senate DFL minority leader on Saturday, toppling longtime Iron Range leader Tom Bakk to become the first woman ever to lead the caucus.

In picking Kent, a two-term member from Woodbury, the 32-member caucus is signaling a shift in direction for the party less than two weeks before the legislative session convenes. They're betting on a fresh face to maneuver in negotiations with DFL Gov. Tim Walz, the DFL-led House and Republicans in control of the Senate in a year in which a bonding bill and a projected $1.3 billion budget surplus are on the table.


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