Government Newsletter

September 7, 1999


DFL State Senator Janet Johnson, Chair of the Senate Transportation Budget Division, passed away August 21. Johnson, 59, was diagnosed in early July with a malignant brain tumor and had been undergoing chemotherapy at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Johnson, who was first elected to the Minnesota Senate in 1990, was known as a strong advocate for the environment and mass transit.

A special election will be held on November 2, 1999 to fill Johnson’s vacant seat. The vacancy again may whittle down what was once a seemingly insurmountable DFL majority. At the beginning of 1999, DFLers enjoyed a 42 to 24 majority. Today, that majority stands at 39 to 26. With the exception of one legislative race, Republicans have won every legislative special election held in the 1990’s.