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Senate Democrats pick Bakk as leader

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ST. PAUL -- Tom Bakk will be Minnesota Senate minority leader, in charge of Democrats in the chamber.

The northeast Minnesota senator takes over a caucus shrunk by Tuesday's election and out of the majority for the first time since legislative candidates were on partisan ballots. Republicans took control of the Legislature Tuesday; in the Senate the GOP rules by a 37-30 margin.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
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