The Minnesota Legislature
The State of Minnesota is governed by a Senate and a House of Representatives. The state is divided into 67 legislative districts, each of which has a Senator. Each Senate District, in turn, is subdivided into two House Districts, an “A” and a “B,” for a total of 134 House seats. Senators and Representatives are elected to both serve their respective districts and to act on behalf of the state as a whole.
United States Congress is composed of a Senate and House of Representatives.
The U.S. Senate has 100 members, two from each state, who serve staggered six-year terms.
The U.S. House of Representatives has 435 voting members who serve two year terms and represent the 50 states, proportional to population.
Minnesota's two current U.S. Senators are Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith. Minnesota has eight Congressional districts (*) with one representative each in the U.S. House. The St. Cloud Area League of Women Voters serves primarily members who reside in the Sixth Congressional District, currently represented by Tom Emmer.
(*) After the results of the 2020 Census are tabulated, Minnesota's proportional share of the total U.S.population could go down. If the number of districts is reduced to seven, the Minnesota state legislature will need to redraw congressional districts, a process known as redistricting. To the extent possible, Congressional districts must contain the same total population. As a result, districts can encompass a wide geographic area that includes rural and urban communities of various sizes.
Statewide General Elections are conducted every two years in Minnesota. Representatives for both the
U.S. House and the Minnesota House are on the ballot each time. Every four years, voters elect
Minnesota Senators and the U.S. President. One of the state's two U.S. Senate seats will appear on the
ballot every two or four years, depending on the schedule for staggering.
A General Election ballot also includes local races for municipal offices, school board members, and
county officials such as commissioners, attorney, and sheriff. Ballots contain such a wide variety of races to
make efficient use of election resources, and voters need to become informed about who is running in a