State Sen. Melisa Franzen, DFL-Edina, speaks on the Senate floor earlier this year. Photo by A.J. Olmscheid/Minnesota Senate
Sen. Melisa López Franzen of Edina has been elected Senate minority leader, becoming the first Latina to lead the Senate DFL caucus.
Franzen, 41, a third-term senator, is the new face of the caucus and will lead Senate Democratic lawmakers as they navigate redistricting and try to win back a majority in 2022.
She succeeds Sen. Susan Kent, DFL-Woodbury, after Kent stepped down from leadership and announced she would not seek reelection to her Senate seat so she can focus on family.
Franzen had previously resigned her position as assistant minority leader over Kent’s handling of a harassment complaint now under independent investigation.
Franzen is an attorney who previously worked for Target and has a consulting business. She is a native of Puerto Rico.
She is expected to hold her first press conference as minority leader on Tuesday afternoon.
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