Dayton breaks bread with new GOP House Minority leader


Governor Mark Dayton took time out the day before Thanksgiving to have a get-acquainted lunch with newly-selected Minnesota House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt (R-Crown), the Star-Tribune reported.

Daudt, who was picked by Republicans to lead the House Minority on Nov. 10, said he and the Democratic governor Wednesday discussed the importance of working together, but did not necessarily discuss specific issues.

Daudt also described the lunch as "very positive."

Minnesota Democrats regained control of the state House and Senate on Election Night. Daudt and his Senate Minority leader counterpart David Hann (R-Eden Prairie) will assume their new posts when the 2013-2014 Legislative session begins in January.

The DFL selected its new leaders earlier this month. Sen. Tom Bakk (DFL-Cook) was picked as Senate Majority Leader and Erin Murphy (DFL-St. Paul) was selected House Majority Leader.

The Democrats selected the current House Minority Leader, Paul Thissen (DFL-Minneapolis) as Speaker of the House.

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State Republicans pick Rep. Kurt Daudt as House minority leader

After a caucus meeting that lasted more than five hours, Minnesota House Republicans Saturday selected Rep. Kurt Daudt from Crown, in Isanti County, to be their new minority leader. The pick comes a day after Senate Republicans picked Sen. David Hann of Eden Prairie to be Senate minority leader.