Minn. Senate GOP picks Hann to lead minority

Published 1:22 pm Saturday, November 10, 2012

ST. PAUL — Forced into the minority, Senate Republicans have picked fourth-termer David Hann to lead the caucus in the upcoming Minnesota legislative session.

Hann was chosen during a party meeting on Friday. It wasn’t immediately clear how many challengers the Eden Prairie senator had for the post.

In this week’s election, Republicans lost the majority they had for only two years. Hann said Republicans will work with Democrats where possible but serve as a check when needed in a statehouse now universally controlled by Democrats.

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Hann briefly ran for governor in 2010 and didn’t rule out another statewide campaign in two years.

House Republicans, who are also back in the minority, pick a leader on Saturday.