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.

Check out SD 49’s own State Senator Melisa Franzen’s Op-Ed in MinnPost!

Minnesotans need action, and they need results from their leaders. Without a DFL Senate Majority, we’ll get more of the same—no action, and no results, from the current majority.

Former Vice President Joe Biden announced Sen. Kamala Harris of California as his running mate for the 2020 election! Sen. Kamala Harris is more than ready to take on the Trump administration alongside Joe Biden. The two have set the stage to address the COVID-19 pandemic head-on, with Sen. Harris having proposed legislation earlier this year that would assist communities of color disproportionately affected by the outbreak as well as providing masks and expansion of testing.
We are thrilled to support future President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris!