Skip to main content Skip to office menu Skip to footer
Capital IconMinnesota Legislature

Minnesota Index: Special elections

House Photography file photo
House Photography file photo

Legislative special elections since statehood        163

                House   61

                Senate  102

Most House special elections in one year (1995 and 2003)             4

                Senate (1861, all five on Oct. 8)  5

Special elections held in the 1990s            29

                1970s and 2000s                17

                1980s and 2010s                15

Calendar days on which legislative special elections have been held         82

                Most popular day (Nov. 3)           14

                Most popular month (November)            42

                Least popular months (June, August and September)     2

Current House members who have won legislative special elections        11

                Current senators              5

Most sessions served by a current legislator who won a special election 15

Longest legislative special election winning streak (Republican/Independent Republican party 1991-96) 18

Ballots cast in last House special election (District 32B on Feb. 14, 2017)   7,119

House bills involving special elections introduced so far this session         20

                Senate bills         17

Currently scheduled city or school district special elections through June 12         12

Congressional special elections held in Minnesota            5

                Last time it happened    1977

Sources: Legislative Reference Library; Smart Politics blog; Office of the Secretary of State


Related Articles


Priority Dailies

House closes 2024 session in chaotic fashion, trading bonding for budget boosts
(House Photography file photo) It was a session of modest ambitions. After 2023 produced a record $72 billion in biennial funding, Minnesota’s legislative leaders were dampening expectations for anything ...
Ways and Means Committee OKs proposed $512 million supplemental budget on party-line vote
(House Photography file photo) Meeting more needs or fiscal irresponsibility is one way to sum up the differences among the two parties on a supplemental spending package a year after a $72 billion state budg...

Minnesota House on Twitter