Minnesota state elections, 2006

Minnesota state elections, 2006

The Minnesota State Elections were held on November 7, 2006, seats were up for election for both the Minnesota House of Representatives and the Minnesota Senate as well as the race for Governor of Minnesota, Minnesota Attorney General, Minnesota Secretary of State, and Minnesota State Auditor.


The 2006 elections saw all 134 seats in the State House, elected to 2-year terms, and all 67 seats in the State Senate, elected to 4-year terms, up for election. Incumbent Republican Governor Tim Pawlenty ran for a second term with opposition coming from Democratic-Farmer-Labor Attorney General Mike Hatch. Republican Secretary of State Mary Kiffmeyer saw opposition from DFLer Mark Ritchie, and Republican Auditor Patricia Anderson was challenged by DFLer Rebecca Otto.

House elections

Since 1998 the Republicans held a majority in the House of Representatives which, since the 2004 elections, had been reduced to a slim 68-66. In 2006 the DFL gained 19 seats to give them a 85-49 majority.

e • d Summary of the November 7, 2006 Minnesota House of Representatives election results [1]
Party Seats Popular Vote
2004 2006 +/−  % Vote  % +/−
Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party 66 85 +19 64%
Republican Party 68 49 −19 36%
Independence Party 0 0 0 0
Others 0 0 0 0
Total 134 134 0 100.0% 2,217,552 100.0% 0
Voter turnout:   59.5 %
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