Skip to main content

Senate GOP names Matzek caucus chief of staff

Senate Majority Leader David Senjem appointed Kevin Matzek as the GOP caucus' chief of staff Thursday. Matzek, who has been serving in the role since November when Cullen Sheehan left the post, formerly served as legislative director to the Senate Republican caucus.
  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

Senate Majority Leader David Senjem appointed Kevin Matzek as the GOP caucus' chief of staff Thursday. Matzek, who has been serving in the role since November when Cullen Sheehan left the post, formerly served as legislative director to the Senate Republican caucus.

Next Up

Screen Shot 2023-01-29 at 1.54.31 PM

Missing: Minnesota man last seen in Sioux Falls area

Aaron Pearson, 41, was reported missing on Thursday.

Screen Shot 2023-01-27 at 7.45.44 PM

Protest for Tyre Nichols to be held outside MN Governor’s Mansion

Activists groups say they’ll call on Gov. Tim Walz and the Legislature to implement police reforms.

Pool

Minnesota pool contractor banned from industry, must pay $2 million-plus

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison filed suit against Charles Workman and his company, MN Crete Pools, LLC, in August.

Minneapolis police

St. Paul man identified as victim of north Minneapolis homicide

The shooting occurred on the 2200 block of Emerson Avenue North on Wednesday.

ambulance

Two youths seriously injured after being struck by driver in Bloomington

Police say the boy is in a critical condition, while the girl has severe injuries.

Rosedale Center

Two men sentenced for carjacking in Rosedale Center parking lot

Leon Kismit Bell, 49, and Jack Mitchell Piche, 23, were sentenced in U.S. District Court on Jan. 20.

Screen Shot 2023-01-27 at 3.59.30 PM

Police identify White Bear Lake officer shot while serving warrant

The officer is a six-year veteran of the department.

abortion, planned parenthood

Minnesota Senate passes bill codifying abortion into state law

Having already passed in the House, it will now be sent to Gov. Tim Walz for signing into law.

Screen Shot 2023-01-27 at 7.45.44 PM

Tyre Nichols: Initial police version of events bear similarities to George Floyd killing

Memphis PD said Nichols complained of 'shortness of breath' following 'confrontations' with police, who in reality violently beat him.

Related

State Capitol.

'Disgusting': DFL senators say GOP failed to disclose COVID-19 outbreak

Dems say "NO ONE in the DFL nor non-partisan staff was told."

Long list of possibilities as Senate Republicans consider Koch successor

Mike Jungbauer is the first Senate Republican to call himself a candidate for the Majority Leader's post that Amy Koch held until last week. But by the time the caucus votes on Tuesday, he'll likely be joined by others. Julianne Ortman, Dave Senjem, David Hann, and Geoff Michel are among those mentioned as possibilities.

Sviggum returning to Capitol as communications chief for Senate Republicans

Former Minnesota House Speaker Steve Sviggum is the new communications chief for the Senate GOP. Sviggum's folksy style will contrast with his predecessor, the more combative Michael Brodkorb. Senate Majority Leader Dave Senjem says the caucus values Sviggum's experience and knowledge of the press.

Senjem promises 'fresh start' for senate

After more than 11 hours of debate at a hotel in Roseville, Minnesota Republicans chose Sen. David Senjem, of Rochester, to represent them as majority leader in the state senate. Senjem will replace Amy Koch, who resigned earlier this month after admitting to an inappropriate relationship with a senate staffer.

Report: State GOP is nearly $2 million in debt

Politics In Minnesota quotes sources saying the Minnesota Republican Party's debts reach to about $2 million. That's almost double a previous estimate. The debt comes from unpaid legal fees, an FEC fine and recent invoices that have ballooned the party's financial woes. The revelation comes on the eve of the state GOP electing a new chairman.

GOP State Fair booth

Change at top of MN GOP as executive director moves to new role

The party's communications director becomes the interim executive director.