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Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party Caucus (DFL)

The DFL Senate Caucus consists of elected legislative members of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (DFL) Party.

Legislative Role

The Senate DFL Caucus represents Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party views on Minnesota legislative policy.

Functions and Services

Research, media announcements, and communications with Senators' constituents are provided by this office.

Key Resources

Resource Description
DFL Caucus Senators View the list of Senators that are members of or caucus with the DFL Caucus
DFL Leadership View the list of leadership positions.

Timeline/Calendar Highlights

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.

Staff List



Name Title Office Phone Number
Baltazar-Chon Irene Legislative Assistant 2225 MSB 651.296.4274
Bean Fabian Legislative Assistant 2417 MSB 651.296.4188
Bishop Luke Media Relations Specialist G300 MSB 651.296.0475
Blood Christie Legislative Assistant 2217 MSB 651.296.2889
Bogan Shemeka Legislative Assistant 2401 MSB 651.296.9246
Broton Krista Director Research G300 MSB 651.296.7423


Name Title Office Phone Number
Carlson Rachel Legislative Assistant 2205 MSB 651.296.1802
Cavert Elspeth Legislative Assistant 2301 MSB 651.296.5645
Clinton Jacque Researcher G300 MSB 651.296.1113
Colburn Colie Legislative Assistant 2303 MSB 651.296.8869
Coulter Nathan Researcher G300 MSB 651.296.7089


Name Title Office Phone Number
Emmerich J.W. Legislative Assistant 2415 MSB 651.296.6153
Ethier Beth Legislative Assistant 2213 MSB 651.296.4191


Name Title Office Phone Number
Freeman William Researcher G300 MSB 651.296.7425


Name Title Office Phone Number
Gillis Daniel Legislative Assistant 2229 MSB 651.296.5537
Greene Reagan Legislative Assistant 2231 MSB 651.296.1314


Name Title Office Phone Number
Kaplan Nicole Legislative Assistant 2215 MSB 651.297.8065
Kimball Marc Director of Media and Communications G300 MSB 651.296.4150
Koster Salena Legislative Support Supervisor 2208 MSB 651.296.5308


Name Title Office Phone Number
Livingston Nancy Legislative Assistant 2219 MSB 651.296.6820
Lunzer Bill Legislative Assistant 2403 MSB 651.296.2556


Name Title Office Phone Number
Majerus Ryan Researcher G300 MSB 651.296.0178
Manasra Bahea Director of Community Engagement 2210 MSB 651.296.3521
Melin Carly Minority Chief of Staff 2228 MSB 651.296.9384
Meyer Chris Legislative Assistant 2325 MSB 651.296.4261
Mozur Teresa Legislative Assistant 2319 MSB 651.296.5931


Name Title Office Phone Number
Parker Kevin Legislative Assistant 2235 MSB 651.296.4154
Pasko Nate Legislative Assistant 2413 MSB 651.296.9261
Payne Bailee Media Relations Specialist G300 MSB 651.296.3350
Pedersen Amanda Legislative Assistant 2409 MSB 651.296.4370
Pederson Hunter Legislative Assistant 2327 MSB 651.296.6455
Peterson Steve Redistricting Specialist 2212 MSB 651.296.0272


Name Title Office Phone Number
Rajab Sami Legislative Assistant 2323 MSB 651.296.4334
Rico Diana Legislative Assistant 2209 MSB 651.296.4166
Runquist Christopher Legislative Liaison 2234 MSB 651.296.0265
Ryan Hailey Legislative Assistant 2227 MSB 651.297.8061


Name Title Office Phone Number
Sokup Davin Legislative Assistant 2321 MSB 651.296.5975
Spiteri Emily Legislative Assistant 2411 MSB 651.297.8060
Spreeman Taylor Legislative Assistant 2207 MSB 651.297.8073


Name Title Office Phone Number
Tommerdahl Cassie Researcher G300 MSB 651.296.9271


Name Title Office Phone Number
Vilt Skyler Media Relations Specialist G300 MSB 651.296.1939
Vue Maikao Legislative Assistant 2201 MSB 651.296.5285


Name Title Office Phone Number
Will Alex Legislative Assistant 2233 MSB 651.296.4120


Name Title Office Phone Number
Yeganeh Jess Legislative Assistant 2221 MSB 651.296.6238