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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

The Senate DFL offices oversee daily tasks performed by internal Senate offices, including operation of the Senate parliamentary procedures during each legislative session as well as production of legislative and other documents. Research, media announcements, and communications with Senators' constituents are provided by the caucus offices.

Key Resources

Resource Description
DFL Caucus Senators View the list of Senators that are members of or caucus with the DFL Caucus
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.
January or February 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 through May 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
Acosta-Mendoza Fatima Legislative Assistant 2113 MSB 651.296.1802


Name Title Office Phone Number
Barks Chelsea Legislative Assistant 3207 MSB 651.296.1314
Bean Fabian Committee Administrator 3234 MSB 651.296.8092
Becker Killian Legislative Assistant 3235 MSB 651.296.5645
Berggren Mitch Committee Administrator 328 Capitol 651.296.5540
Blood Christie Legislative Assistant 3221 MSB 651.297.8073
Bloom Peterson Hayley Researcher 1300 MSB 651.296.2156
Bogan Shemeka Executive Assistant to the President 3405 MSB 651.296.0102
Broton Krista Director of Majority Research and Communications 1300 MSB 651.296.7423
Brown Felicia Digital Strategist 1300 MSB 651.296.4167
Burke Anna Committee Administrator 2114 MSB 651.296.5561


Name Title Office Phone Number
Carlson Rachel Committee Administrator 2122 MSB 651.296.5061
Cavert Elspeth Committee Administrator 3242 MSB 651.296.5640
Clinton Jacquelyn Assistant Director of Majority Research 1300 MSB 651.296.1113
Cullen Zach Legislative Assistant 3105 MSB 651.297.8065


Name Title Office Phone Number
De Rosas Brenda Legislative Assistant 2109 MSB 651.297.8060
Dudley Jack Legislative Assistant 3201 MSB 651.296.3903


Name Title Office Phone Number
Emmerich J.W. Committee Administrator 3116 MSB 651.296.4901
Ethier Beth Committee Administrator 3112 MSB 651.296.2962


Name Title Office Phone Number
Featherstone Ryan Media Relations Specialist 1300 MSB 651.296.0475
Fischer Jack Legislative Assistant 3217 MSB 651.296.4188
Fraser Beth Committee Administrator 3212 MSB 651.296.2167
Freeman William Researcher 1300 MSB 651.296.7425


Name Title Office Phone Number
Giesting Anna Legislative Assistant 3205 MSB 651.296.9261
Gillis Daniel Researcher 1300 MSB 651.296.7422
Gonzalez Sebastian Legislative Assistant 3409 MSB 651.296.5062
Grady Tamara Legislative Assistant 3101 MSB 651.296.3205


Name Title Office Phone Number
Haggar James Senior Advisor for Engagement 3114 MSB 651.296.3521
Hysjulien Jamie Legislative Assistant 3111 MSB 651.296.1789


Name Title Office Phone Number
Johnston Beth Committee Administrator Coordinator 2110 MSB 651.296.5774
Josephson Kara Committee Administrator 3228 MSB 651.296.7891


Name Title Office Phone Number
Kaplan Nicole Committee Administrator 3110 MSB 651.296.1224
Kimball Marc Majority Press Secretary 3120 MSB 651.296.4150
Kise Alexis Executive Assistant to the Majority Leader 3214 MSB 651.296.4151
Kline Tyler Legislative Assistant 2105 MSB 651.296.4370
Koster Salena Assistant Director of Majority Communications 1300 MSB 651.296.5308


Name Title Office Phone Number
Lunzer Bill Committee Administrator 2112 MSB 651.296.2090


Name Title Office Phone Number
Majerus Ryan Researcher 1300 MSB 651.296.0178
Melton Tom Committee Administrator 2124 MSB 651.296.1240
Meyer Chris Legislative Assistant 3219 MSB 651.296.4261
Montresor Kevin Legislative Assistant 328 Capitol 651.296.2889
Mtanous Mikayla Legislative Assistant 3113 MSB 651.296.7809
Mullen Mike Majority Associate Press Secretary 1300 MSB 651.296.5968


Name Title Office Phone Number
O'Neill Carly Legislative Assistant 3103 MSB 651.296.1253


Name Title Office Phone Number
Parmekar Sam Committee Administrator 2120 MSB 651.296.4842
Pasko Nate Researcher 1300 MSB 651.296.7089
Pedersen Amanda Researcher 1300 MSB 651.296.5607
Pederson Hunter Committee Administrator 2116 MSB 651.296.5712
Peterson Steve Senior Leadership Advisor 3118 MSB 651.296.0272
Pettee Ben Legislative Assistant 2103 MSB 651.296.4274
Pruidze Meggie Legislative Assistant 3225 MSB 651.296.6238


Name Title Office Phone Number
Rajab Sami Committee Administrator 3210 MSB 651.296.3350
Rico Diana Majority Legislative Support Supervisor 3204 MSB 651.296.9477
Roth Nick Legislative Assistant 3215 MSB 651.296.6455
Runquist Christopher Majority Legislative Director 3124 MSB 651.296.0265
Russell Ryan Legislative Assistant 3203 MSB 651.296.6820
Ryan Hailey Legislative Assistant 2107 MSB 651.297.8061


Name Title Office Phone Number
Schaff Courtney Legislative Assistant 3213 MSB 651.296.5975
Sharkey-Smith Bri Executive Director of Rules Committee 3122 MSB 651.296.9384
Smith-Kooiman Ayana Legislative Assistant 3227 MSB 651.296.4120
Sohr Cassie Legislative Assistant 2111 MSB 651.296.4154
Sokup Davin Committee Administrator 3208 MSB 651.296.0283
Spens Keely Legislative Assistant 3211 MSB 651.296.5931
Spiteri Emily Researcher 1300 MSB 651.296.5922
Sweeney Jackson Legislative Assistant 3229 MSB 651.296.5537


Name Title Office Phone Number
Teller Eden Media Relations Specialist 1300 MSB 651.296.6436
Tommerdahl Cassie Researcher 1300 MSB 651.296.9271


Name Title Office Phone Number
Urness Travis Legislative Assistant 3109 MSB 651.296.6153


Name Title Office Phone Number
Vang PaNhia Legislative Assistant 3233 MSB 651.296.2556
Varner Alexis Legislative Assistant 3401 MSB 651.296.9246
Vilt Skyler Media Relations Specialist 1300 MSB 651.296.1939
Vinck Jack Legislative Assistant 1300 MSB 651.296.4113
Voegeli Tristan Legislative Assistant 2101 MSB 651.296.8866
Vue Maikao Legislative Assistant 3231 MSB 651.296.5285


Name Title Office Phone Number
Will Alex Legislative Assistant 3107 MSB 651.296.4191


Name Title Office Phone Number
Yeganeh Jess Media Relations Specialist 1300 MSB 651.296.6996


Name Title Office Phone Number
Zak David Committee Administrator 2118 MSB 651.297.5393
Zellmer Emma Legislative Assistant 3209 MSB 651.296.4334