DFL selects legislative leaders in Minn. Senate, House

Sen. Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook, was selected as the new Senate Majority Leader after a closed meeting Thursday. As expected, Erin Murphy, DFL-St. Paul, was picked as House Majority Leader.
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Sen. Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook, was chosen as the new Senate Majority Leader after a closed meeting Thursday, Minnesota Public Radio reported.

As expected, Erin Murphy, DFL-St. Paul, was picked as House Majority Leader and current Minority Leader, Paul Thissen, DFL-Minneapolis, was selected as Speaker of the House.

Thissen's selection was the last, coming just after 10 p.m. Thursday night.

According to the political blog Capitol Chatter, both Bakk and Thissen challenged Gov. Mark Dayton for the DFL gubernatorial nomination in 2010.

The changes came two days after state Democrats regained the House and Senate in the general election.

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