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Minnesota Senate Caucuses

Republican Caucus, Majority Research

The Senate Majority Research Office provides communication, research, and other services related to serving Republican members and their constituents.

Town Hall Meetings and Press Releases   Click on the name of any Republican Senator in the Minnesota Senate Members - Alphabetical List (Republican) to find announcements of Town Hall Meetings held in your community or Press Releases issued by a Senator regarding legislative issues and concerns.

 

Senate Majority Research provides three important services for Republican State Senators: Research, Media and Constituent Services. Staff members are assigned specific issue areas to follow as a researcher and are considered the internal experts on that issue for Republican Senators and staff, providing background information for constituent inquiries. Staff members are also assigned a number of Republican Senators to provide a wide range of media services. The office Director reports to the Majority Leader.

Senate Majority Research provides information to constituents of Republican Senators.
Examples of specific functions and services provided include:

  • Research: Researchers attend committee hearings in their research areas and work closely with the Republican members of the various committees. Our internal research analyses are designed exclusively for Republican Senators and staff. We provide Republican Senators with the impact of proposed legislation, the pros and cons of implementation, and background information indicating the impact on our constituencies.
  • Media: Senate Majority Research provides Republican Senators a wide range of media services including press releases, news advisories, speeches, setting up press conferences, recording radio actualities, television/cable programming, photography services and graphic design. A daily News Digest linked to state political news is distributed electronically to Republican Senators and staff.
  • Constituent Services: Our office responds to constituent inquiries, assisting Republican Legislative Assistants in answering letters from constituents.
Date timeline Description
 
July 1 State fiscal year begins each year, and in odd-numbered years, state fiscal biennium begins.
July through December Groundwork is laid for upcoming legislative session. Ongoing budget activity, budget-related events, trends, and issues are analyzed for their fiscal policy implications. Budget divisions, committees, and legislative commissions hold special meetings to examine pending issues.
End of November Department of Finance issues November Forecast of state revenues and expenditures.
Beginning of January Legislature convenes, begins official budget hearings and committee hearings to discuss pertinent issues and bills. Staff drafts bills and amendments upon request of Senators.
Fourth Tuesday in January in odd-numbered years, or third Tuesday in February, if a new governor has just been elected Governor issues detailed budget for following biennium.
Mid February Governor issues detailed budget and policy bills for the next biennium.
End of February Department of Finance issues February Forecast of state revenues and expenditures.
March to June Legislature finishes committee and budget hearings, bills are debated and voted on in floor sessions, and conference committees meet to finalize bills. Governor signs or vetoes legislation.
Monday following third Saturday in May Constitution mandates end of regular session.

 


Majority Caucus
Staff List red diamond image Organized by Name
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Staff Member red diamond image Title Room and Building red diamond image Phone
 
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Tim Bohl
Researcher
1300 MSB
(651) 296-1930
 
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Ed Cook
Researcher
1300 MSB
(651) 296-0129
 
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Greg Exley
Legislative Assistant
1300 MSB
(651) 296-0671
 
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Peter Fjelstad
Researcher
1300 MSB
(651) 296-1530
 
Dave Fraser
Researcher
1300 MSB
(651) 296-9191
 
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Andy Larson
Researcher
1300 MSB
(651) 296-4839
 
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Peder Mewis
Researcher
1300 MSB
(651) 296-4924
 
Linnea Michaelson
Researcher
1300 MSB
(651) 296-1416
 
Daniel Mickelberg
Director Research
1300 MSB
(651) 296-4106
 
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Amy Strenge
Researcher
1300 MSB
(651) 296-2011
 
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Jessica Young
Researcher
1300 MSB
(651) 297-5393
 

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