- February 21, 2012 - 8:09 PM
Redistricting in Minnesota has resulted in a number of "pairings" -- cases in which two incumbents wind up in the same district.
The U.S. House has one pairing: Democrat Betty McCollum and Republican Michele Bachmann in the new Fourth Congressional District. Bachmann said she will seek reelection in the new Sixth District. She represents and lives in the current Sixth.
The Minnesota Senate has eight pairings: Four districts with two Republicans each, two with two DFLers and two with one Republican and one DFLer.
The Minnesota House has 15 pairings: Six districts with two DFLers each, six with two Republicans and three with one Republican and one DFLer.
The pairings have resulted in a corresponding number of open seats: one in the U.S. House, eight in the state Senate and 15 in the state House.
PAIRED IN NEW STATE SENATE DISTRICTS
District 5: John Carlson, R-Bemidji; Tom Saxhaug, DFL-Grand Rapids. District 8: Bill Ingebrigtsen, R-Alexandria; Gretchen Hoffman, R-Vergas. District 17: Gary Kubly, DFL-Granite Falls; Joe Gimse, R-Willmar. District 23: Julie Rosen, R-Fairmont; Al DeKruif, R-Madison Lake. District 31: Michelle Benson, R-Ham Lake; Michael Jungbauer, R-East Bethel. District 39: Ted Lillie, R-Lake Elmo; Ray Vandeveer, R-Forest Lake. District 61: Ken Kelash, DFL-Minneapolis; Scott Dibble, DFL-Minneapolis. District 66: John Marty, DFL-Roseville; Mary Jo McGuire, DFL-Falcon Heights.
PAIRED IN NEW STATE HOUSE DISTRICTS
District 4B: Paul Marquart, DFL-Dilworth; Kent Eken, DFL-Twin Valley. District 5A: Larry Howes, R-Walker; John Persell, DFL-Bemidji. District 5B: Carolyn McElfatrick, R-Deer River; Tom Anzelc, DFL-Balsam Township. District 8B: Mary Franson, R-Alexandria; Mark Murdock, R-Ottertail. District 11B: Roger Crawford, R-Mora; Bill Hilty, DFL- Finlayson. District 17A: Lyle Koenen, DFL-Clara City; Andrew Falk, DFL-Murdock. District 18B: Glenn Gruenhagen, R-Glencoe; Ron Shimanski, R-Silver Lake. District 23B: Paul Torkelson, R-Nelson Township; Tony Cornish, R-Vernon Center. District 35B: Branden Petersen, R-Andover; Peggy Scott, R-Andover. District 38B: Carol McFarlane, R-White Bear Lake; Matt Dean, R-Dellwood. District 39A: Bob Dettmer, R-Forest Lake; Bob Barrett, R-Shafer. District 41A: Tom Tillberry, DFL-Fridley; Kate Knuth, DFL-New Brighton. District 61A: Frank Hornstein, DFL-Minneapolis; Marion Greene, DFL-Minneapolis. District 63B: Jean Wagenius, DFL-Minneapolis; Linda Slocum, DFL-Richfield. District 66A: Alice Hausman, DFL-St. Paul; Mindy Greiling, DFL-Roseville.
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