Tracker: Minnesota Legislature's retirement count grows
An expected wave of state legislative retirements is starting to swell ahead of the 2022 election.
What's happening: Fourteen 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.
- Longtime DFL Reps. Carlos Mariani of St. Paul and Paul Marquart of Dilworth, became the latest additions to the retirement list this week. Mariani chairs a public safety committee, while Marquart, who represented a GOP-leaning district, leads taxes.
- Tim Miller, a legislator from Prinsburg who is a member of the New House Republican Caucus, also announced this week his plans to move on from the Legislature.
Why it matters: Retirements create open races that could reshape the Legislature with new voices.
Driving the departures: The decennial redrawing of political maps, now underway, 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 three potential Democratic rivals.
What to watch: Maps that put incumbents in the same district could lead to even more exits.
Editor's note: This post and chart is being updated as more retirements are announced.
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