DFL Sen. John Harrington will take over the Metropolitan Transit police department in September.
Harrington is the former St. Paul police chief and served as an officer for more than three decades.
He failed to get the DFL endorsement for his re-election bid this spring. He decided not to run in a primary in his heavily Democratic St. Paul district.
Sen. John Harrington after being sworn into the Senate
The Metro Transit police department has 69 full time and 55 part time officers who are in charge of safety on buses and trains and patrol the transit routes, according to the department.That's about a tenth the size of the St. Paul police department's 600 sworn officers.
Harrington left the St. Paul department in 2010. That same year he applied but was passed over for the police chief job in New Orleans. A few weeks later, he announced he would run for the state Senate.
Minnesota senators sharply questioned federal appeals court judge Neil Gorsuch during Wednesday's Supreme Court confirmation hearings, grilling him on whether he'd be protect the interests of ordinary people over corporations.
Other business groups like realtors, electric utility Xcel Energy Services, private colleges, tobacco giant Altria, Polymet Mining, health insurers and hospitals contributed to the overall total of $57.7 million to lobby the Legislature, the administration of Gov. Mark Dayton and Metro municipal governments.