DFL Senate Minority Leader Susan Kent stepping down
Citing pandemic stresses, Woodbury lawmaker won't run for re-election
September 3, 2021
Senate DFL Minority Leader Susan Kent said Thursday that she is stepping down from her post and won't seek re-election next fall, the latest leadership shake-up in the chamber ahead of a fall special session.
Kent said COVID-19 "has complicated our lives in ways that I could not have foreseen" and she's stepping away to spend time with her family and care for her mother. The caucus will meet on Sept. 13 to elect a new leader.
"It became clear that I need to prioritize my family and can't commit to another four-year term," Kent said in a statement late Thursday. "I have also decided to step down as Senate DFL leader to give the new leader the time they'll need to continue fighting for the shared values we all hold dear."