Senators and representatives
Senators are elected for four-year terms in years ending in 2 and 6, and for two-year terms in years ending in 0, serving in what is known as the upper house. There is one senator for each of Minnesota's 67 Senate districts. Senators have more constituents than representatives do. They create bills, approve laws, trial impeached public officials, and confirm executive appointments.
Representatives serve two-year terms and represent 134 districts, serving in what is known as the lower house. A Senate district is divided in half to create a Representative's district. Representatives can create bills, initiate revenue-generating bills, and impeach public officials.
Districts are redrawn after the decennial United States Census in time for the primary and general elections in years ending in 2
Find your state representative and state senator using your address.
State officials and organizations
The Minnesota Government Portal identifies the governor, the secretary of state, the attorney general, the state auditor, and Minnesota members of Congress, as well as state-supported institutions, and agencies, boards and commissions. Explore their websites to learn more about what they do and how to contact them.
Find information on elected officials.
In Minnesota, there are seven Anishinaabe (Chippewa, Ojibwe) reservations and four Dakota (Sioux) communities. Tribal nations are sovereign governments, which means that each relates to the U.S. as a separate and independent nation with all the rights and powers of self-government. Each tribe determines their own governance structure, passes laws, and enforces those laws through their own police departments and tribal courts. They often provide programs and services for their communities, including social programs, first-responder services, education, workforce development, energy and land management, and the building and maintenance of infrastructure such as roads, bridges, and public buildings.
Find the elected leaders for each community under MN Tribal Nations on the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council site.
Governor’s citizen advisory boards
Minnesota residents can apply to be on one of over 130 boards, commissions, task forces and advisory councils. Some groups advise the state on policy areas while others regulate key industries and professions. You can subscribe to get email alerts about new openings.
Learn more about participating in boards and commissions.