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DFLers choose St. Paul Sen. Erin Murphy as new majority leader

Murphy will succeed Sen. Kari Dziedzic, who stepped aside for health reasons

The 34-member Minnesota Senate DFL caucus chose St. Paul Sen. Erin Murphy as its new majority leader Tuesday, after the unexpected announcement last week by leader Kari Dziedzic that she would step down from the post because of her health.

Democrats met behind closed doors for a couple of hours to choose a new leader and then stood together outside the Senate chamber for a brief statement by Murphy.

Murphy thanked Dziedzic, who was not there, and noted she remains a leader in the caucus. "She showed us that if we choose to stick together and act together we can do important things for the people of Minnesota to improve their lives," Murphy said. "And we, together, are committed to the same thing."


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