I have left a couple of message for Senate Majority Leader Dave Senjem to talk to him about Tuesday's election results, but have not heard back yet. Today, he issued a statement expressing his disappointment at Republicans losing control of the Senate two years after he helped them reclaim it after a 38-year drought.
Below is a copy of the press release.
GOP Leader Senjem comments on Senate Election Results
(ST. PAUL) – After Republicans retained the 28 of seats in the Minnesota State Senate, the current Senate Majority Leader David Senjem (R-Rochester) said he is “disappointed by the elections results” but remains “hopeful for our state.”
Senate Republicans won 28 of the 67 state senate races. Democrats occupy the remaining 39 seats.
“Politics can be very challenging at times. Some very good people lost their election bids on Tuesday night. We are thankful to our friends, families and neighbors who have supported us throughout this election. I am proud of our accomplishments over the past two years. We governed responsibly, made difficult decisions and helped put Minnesota on the right track,” Senjem stated. “I am obviously disappointed by the results of the election. I think Republicans deserved another chance to lead our state. It is important to note that we are leaving the Democrats with a $1.2 billion surplus. Two years ago they left us with a $6.2 billion deficit."
Responsible spending and sensible fiscal management were cornerstone themes of the Republican re-election effort. When Republicans took the majority in January 2011, lawmakers faced a projected $6.2 billion budget deficit. Senate Republicans balanced the budget without raising job killing taxes by making tough decisions, controlling spending, and setting priorities for our state. A subsequent budget surplus allowed the state to fill the depleted cash flow and budget reserve accounts and begin to repay the money borrowed from Minnesota’s schools as a part of past budget agreements.
In addition to balancing the budget deficit, Republicans passed legislation to streamline the permitting process for job growth, provide education accountability reforms and increase integrity in our electoral system.
“In the next biennium, Senate Republicans will continue to focus on growing the economy and fostering a positive environment for job creation in the private sector. We will also work to reform health care and educational systems to help empower citizens – not government bureaucracies – to make decisions that work for them. We wish our DFL colleagues well as we strive to work together for the best interests of Minnesota,” concluded Senjem.