Created: 11/08/2012 12:14 PM KSTP.com By: Cassie Hart
Minnesota Senate Majority Leader David Senjem (R-Rochester) said he is “disappointed by the elections results” but remains “hopeful for our state.”
Senate Republicans won 28 of the 67 state senate races. Democrats occupy the remaining 39 seats.
“Politics can be very challenging at times. Some very good people lost their election bids on Tuesday night. We are thankful to our friends, families and neighbors who have supported us throughout this election. I am proud of our accomplishments over the past two years. We governed responsibly, made difficult decisions and helped put Minnesota on the right track,” Senjem stated.
“I am obviously disappointed by the results of the election. I think Republicans deserved another chance to lead our state. It is important to note that we are leaving the Democrats with a $1.2 billion surplus. Two years ago they left us with a $6.2 billion deficit."
Republican ran on a platform of responsible spending and sensible fiscal management.
“In the next biennium, Senate Republicans will continue to focus on growing the economy and fostering a positive environment for job creation in the private sector. We will also work to reform health care and educational systems to help empower citizens – not government bureaucracies – to make decisions that work for them. We wish our DFL colleagues well as we strive to work together for the best interests of Minnesota,” concluded Senjem.