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Sen. Tomassoni elected Minnesota Senate President in anticipation of political domino effect

ST. PAUL, MN -- The Minnesota Senate elected Senator David Tomassoni (DFL-Chisholm) to preside over the legislative chamber during Thursday's special legislative session.

Sen. Tomassoni replaces State Senator Jeremy Miller, a Republican from Winona, in the president's seat.

"I'm honored and humbled," Sen. Tomasonni said speaking before the Senate chamber. "This job doesn't come with a wig and robe, but if it came with a wig, I would wear one," he joked.

Minnesota Public Radio reports Thursday's election of the Iron Range lawmaker was a presumed stopgap by the Republican-controlled State Senate as things take shape on the national political stage.

Multiple reports have suggested President-Elect Joe Biden may pick Senator Amy Klobuchar for a cabinet position, leading to a domino effect.

Political insiders say Governor Walz would likely appoint Minnesota's Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan to Klobuchar's seat.

In that case, Senator David Tomassoni would automatically become Lieutenant governor, paving the way for a special election in his district.

House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt (R-Crown) said he feels Republicans could win that race, letting them keep their 34-33 majority in the Senate.

Tomassoni's presidency would expire at the end of the year.

In 2018, then DFL Governor Mark Dayton appointed Lt. Governor Tina Smith to fill the seat left vacant by US Senator Al Franken. Under the state constitution, Senate President Michelle Fishbach (R) was elevated to the Lt. Governor seat.

Kevin Jacobsen

News Director

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