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May 19, 2020 - Jun 02, 2020
A Minnesota State Senator serves in the upper house of the bicameral Minnesota State Legislature. Minnesota has 67 senators, who each represent one district within the state. Each senator represents about 81,447 constituents from their respective districts. Primary responsibilities of a senator include, developing budget packages, making taxation decisions, passing legislation, allocating spending, and redistricting in collaboration with other senators and the house of representatives. Additionally, the senate has the exclusive authority to try officials impeached by the house in addition to authorizing certain executive appointments. Leadership in the senate is guided by the Senate President, who, after being chosen by the majority party caucus, and elected by the entire senate body, is charged with assigning each senator to various committees and leadership positions. A Minnesota senator serves a two-year term when elected in years ending with a 0, and a four-year term when elected in years ending in 2 and 6. There is no limit on the number of terms served. The salary of the position is $31,140 per year in addition to per diem for every day in session.