Tracker: Minnesota Legislature's retirement count grows
An expected wave of state legislative retirements is swelling ahead of the 2022 election.
What's happening: At least 34 state legislators have already announced that they won't seek re-election in November, per announcements and a tally kept by the Legislative Reference Library.
- State Sen. Carrie Ruud (R-Breezy Point) became the latest lawmaker to announce a retirement on Monday. The four-term senator, who chairs an environmental committee, had been drawn into the same district as a fellow Republican incumbent.
Why it matters: Retirements create open races that could reshape the Legislature with new voices.
Driving the departures: The decennial redrawing of district lines, known as redistricting, traditionally leads to retirements in large numbers.
- In 2012, after the last redistricting process, 48 of 201 state legislators declined to run again.
Between the lines: In addition to retirements, some longtime legislators are already facing primary challenges.
- Sen. Sandy Pappas (DFL-St. Paul), for example, has attracted several potential Democratic rivals.
What to watch: A decision deadline is looming for those still on the fence. The official filing period for the August primary opens May 17 and runs until May 31, at 5pm.
Editor's note: This post and chart is updated weekly as more retirements are announced.
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