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.
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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.

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