Sen. Melisa López Franzen featured in Star Tribune article

‘Middle of the road’ Senate DFL leader Melisa López Franzen juggles dealmaking, campaign politics by Jessie Van Berkel, January 15, 2022.

Oct. 19, 2021

Governor Tim Walz and Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan
announce Re-Election Campaign.

Oct. 11, 2021

Look Who’s In the News!
Read about Sen. Melisa López Franzen‘s background and her plans as the new Senate Minority Leader in this interview with Minnesota Reformer reporter Ricardo Lopez. Click here for the full interview. Enjoy!

October 7, 2021

Nov. 2: Election Day

Learn about Edina’s School Board Candidates in the Sun Current – Voter’s Guide

Sept. 13, 2021


DFL Senator Melisa Franzen, SD49

Elected Senate Minority Leader

Sept 12, 2021 – Listen to Edina “Stop The Hate”

Listen to the
“Stop The Hate” Community Discussion. Learn about solutions.

June 28, 2021 – SD49 end of session recap

Listen to Sen. Frazen, Rep. Edelson, and Rep. Elkins as they discuss MN legislative successes and challenges!

Click here to listen to the Zoom session.

MN to keep all 8 Congressional Districts

DFL Party Statement on Minnesota Keeping All 8 Congressional Seats – April 26, 2021

ST PAUL –Today, following the release of block-level census data, it was revealed that Minnesota will keep all 8 of our representatives in the United States House. DFL Party Chairman Ken Martin released the following statement in response:

“Today’s news is a testament to the people of Minnesota’s incredible commitment to civic engagement and democracy. As the state with both the highest census response rate in the nation at 75.1% and the highest voter turnout in the nation, Minnesotans should be proud of these results. We stepped up, fought hard, and retained a seat in Congress that most observers thought we would lose. I am thrilled that Minnesotans will retain their clout in Congress and say in the Electoral College.”

2020 Election Updates

Early voting in Minnesota for the 2020 General Election starts September 18, 2020! Visit to register, apply for a mail-in ballot, or find your early voting location.

Sept 18th – 11am
Early Voting Kickoff

Join Senator Melisa Franzen, elected leaders and special guests for an early voting kickoff this Friday, September 18th, 2020 from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM in Edina! Senator Franzen will be joined by:
– Senate DFL Leader Susan Kent
– Senator Steve Cwodzinski
– Representative Steve Elkins
– Representative Heather Edelson
– Mayor Ron Case (Eden Prairie)
– Mayor Jim Hovland (Edina)
– Congressman Dean Phillips’ Campaign
– U.S. Senator Tina Smith’s Campaign
In support of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris for President and Vice President, Dean Phillips for Congress (CD3), re-electing a DFL House Majority, and flipping the Minnesota State Senate to elect a DFL Senate Majority!
A short program will be held starting at 11:00 AM, and voters from SD48 and SD49 can stop by to get yard signs, merchandise, and take a photo with Congressman Phillips’ Government Repair Truck. This election is the most crucial of our time —let’s show our momentum and show up to kickoff early voting. 
*Face masks required, social distancing practiced.


January 3, 2021

What to know about the Minnesota redistricting plans going before a special judicial panel this week Tuesday’s oral arguments will be the final chance for the groups hoping to influence a special five-judge panel charged with drawing new congressional and legislative districts for Minnesota if (or when) the Legislature fails to agree on a new political…


Thurs. Jan 6, 2022

Candlelight Rally in Support of Democracy Join Edina Indivisible on the anniversary of the attack on democracy and the U.S. Capitol.  Be inspired by the words of Minnesota community and political leaders as they speak about the need to protect, support, and defend our democracy. Inspirational speakers include:Minister JaNae Bates, ISAIAHSenator Amy KlobucharCongressman Dean PhillipsSecretary…


Sat., Oct. 30, 2021

Join Edina Indivisible’s Corner Brigade! Help get out the vote for the Edina school board election Saturday, October 30th – 1:00-2:00 pm Meet at the Southdale library parking lot at 7001 York Ave S, Edina, MN 55435 Bring any lawn signs you have for the candidates Edina Indivisible is supporting: Gabler, Allenburg, Birdman, and Arom…


Tues. Sept. 28: Redistricting Webinar

Learn how Minnesota will redraw its electoral map and gain insights from redistricting expert Peter Wattson, former top lawyer for the Minnesota Senate, and Lori Sturdevant, retired Star-Tribune editorial writer. Register Now! And attend this webinar sponsored by Clean Elections Minnesota and MN League of Women Voters. Program begins at 7:00 p.m. Click here to…


Saturday, Oct. 2: March for Women’s Reproductive Rights

Join Women’s March Minnesota in the Bans Off Our Bodies rally for reproductive rights. Saturday, Oct. 2, 202111:00 am – 2:00 pmMinneapolis Sculpture Garden 725 Vineland Place Minneapolis, MN, 55403 Join local reproductive justice organizations along with others across the nation, marching, rallying, fighting, and being heard. We need to send a clear message to…