Former Minn. Senate Majority Leader to lead state Office of Higher Education
Former Senate Majority Leader Larry Pogemiller will resign from the legislature to take the head position at the Minnesota Office of Higher Education.
Gov. Mark Dayton announced Pogemiller’s appointment Thursday in a news release. Pogemiller said in the release that he’s honored to be offered the position.
“I’m extremely excited by the opportunity and cognizant of the challenge of making quality post secondary education affordable,” Pogemiller said. “I want to add though, how difficult it is to leave the Minnesota Senate—an institution I love, and a group of people I admire and deeply respect.”
Pogemiller has served in the legislature since 1980, first in the House, then in the Senate. The Minneapolis lawmaker was known at the State Capitol for his willingness to scrap, and presided over budget and policy battles with former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty.
Politics in Minnesota reports that his move will trigger the third Minneapolis special election in recent months. Sen. Linda Berglin also resigned, and Rep. Jeff Hayden won her seat in a special election, meaning his House seat is now also up for grabs.