ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — According to payroll offices in the state House and Senate, 62 Minnesota state lawmakers deferred their July 1 paycheck as the state government shutdown got under way. Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton is also declining his paycheck during the shutdown.


Here’s a breakdown of which lawmakers did what. Some lawmakers who did not decline their pay have said they would donate it to charity, but a comprehensive list was not available.


Senators who declined their July pay:


— Michelle Benson, R-Ham Lake; John Carlson, R-Bemidji; Roger Chamberlain, R-Lino Lakes; Ted Daley, R-Eagan; John Harrington, DFL-St. Paul; Bill Ingebrigtsen, R-Alexandria; Amy Koch, R-Buffalo; Ted Lillie, R-Lake Elmo; Tony Lourey, DFL-Kerrick; James Metzen, DFL-South St. Paul; Jeremy Miller, R-Winona; Carla Nelson, R-Rochester; Julie Rosen, R-Fairmont; Dave Senjem, R-Rochester.


In addition, three senators requested too late that their salary be withheld but asked their salaries be withheld going forward. They are Gary Dahms, R-Redwood Falls; John Pederson, R-St. Cloud; and Kathy Sheran, DFL-Mankato.


Senators who accepted their July pay:


— Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook; Linda Berglin, DFL-Minneapolis; Terri Bonoff, DFL-Minnetonka; David Brown, R-Becker; Richard Cohen, DFL-St. Paul; Al DeKruif, R-Madison Lake; Scott Dibble, DFL-Minneapolis; Michelle Fischbach, R-Paynesville; Paul Gazelka, R-Brainerd; Chris Gerlach, R-Apple Valley; Joe Gimse, R-Willmar; Barb Goodwin, DFL-Columbia Heights; Dan Hall, R-Burnsville; David Hann, R-Eden Prairie; Linda Higgins, DFL-Minneapolis; Gretchen Hoffman, R-Vergas; John Howe, R-Red Wing; Michael Jungbauer, R-East Bethel; Kenneth Kelash, DFL-Minneapolis; Benjamin Kruse, R-Brooklyn Park; Gary Kubly, DFL-Granite Falls; Keith Langseth, DFL-Glyndon; Ron Latz, DFL-St. Louis Park; Warren Limmer, R-Maple Grove; Doug Magnus, R-Slayton; John Marty, DFL-Roseville; Mary Jo McGuire, DFL-Falcon Heights; Geoff Michel, R-Edina; Scott Newman, R-Hutchinson; Sean Nienow, R-Cambridge; Gen Olson, R-Minnetrista; Julianne Ortman, R-Chanhassen; Sandra Pappas, DFL-St. Paul; Mike Parry, R-Waseca; Larry Pogemiller, DFL-Minneapolis; Roger Reinert, DFL-Duluth; Ann Rest, DFL-New Hope; Claire Robling, R-Jordan; Tom Saxhaug, DFL-Grand Rapids; Katie Sieben, DFL-Newport; Rod Skoe, DFL-Clearbrook; Dan Sparks, DFL-Austin; LeRoy Stumpf, DFL-Plummer; Dave Thompson, R-Lakeville; David Tomassoni, DFL-Chisholm; Patricia Torres Ray, DFL-Minneapolis; Ray Vandeveer, R-Forest Lake. Charles Wiger, DFL-Maplewood; Pam Wolf, R-Spring Lake Park.


House members who declined their July pay:


— Paul Anderson, R-Starbuck; Tom Anzelc, DFL-Balsam Township; Joe Atkins, DFL-Inver Grove Heights; John Benson, DFL-Minnetonka; Kurt Bills, R-Rosemount; Kathy Brynaert, DFL-Mankato; Lyndon Carlson, DFL-Crystal; Tony Cornish, R-Good Thunder; Roger Crawford, R-Mora; Denise Dittrich, DFL-Champlin; Connie Doepke, R-Orono; Keith Downey, R-Edina; Steve Drazkowski, R-Mazeppa; Sondra Erickson, R-Princeton; Andrew Falk, DFL-Murdock; Pat Garofalo, R-Farmington; Mindy Greiling, DFL-Roseville; David Hancock, R-Bemidji; Melissa Hortman, DFL-Brooklyn Park; Sheldon Johnson, DFL-St. Paul; Phyllis Kahn, DFL-Minneapolis; Debra Kiel, R-Crookston; Kate Knuth, DFL-New Brighton; Carolyn Laine, DFL-Columbia Heights; Ann Lenczewski, DFL-Bloomington; Diane Loeffler, DFL-Minneapolis; Kathy Lohmer, R-Lake Elmo; Jenifer Loon, R-Eden Prairie; Tim Mahoney, DFL-St. Paul; Pat Mazorol, R-Bloomington; Carolyn McElfatrick, R-Deer River; Carol McFarlane, R-White Bear Lake; Terry Morrow, DFL-St. Peter; Joe Mullery, DFL-Minneapolis; Erin Murphy, DFL-St. Paul; Mary Murphy, DFL-Hermantown; Rich Murray, R-Albert Lea; Kim Norton, DFL-Rochester; Michael Paymar, DFL-St. Paul; Bev Scalze, DFL-Little Canada; Peggy Scott, R-Andover; Steve Simon, DFL-St. Louis Park; Linda Slocum, DFL-Richfield; Chris Swedzinski, R-Ghent; Paul Thissen, DFL-Minneapolis; John Ward, DFL-Brainerd; Doug Wardlow, R-Eagan; Ryan Winkler, DFL-Golden Valley.


House members who accepted their July pay:


— Jim Abeler, R-Anoka; Bruce Anderson, R-Buffalo Township; Diane Anderson, R-Eagan; Sarah Anderson, R-Plymouth; King Banaian, R-St. Cloud; Bob Barrett, R-Shafer; Michael Beard, R-Shakopee; Mike Benson, R-Rochester; Mark Buesgens, R-Jordan; Bobby Joe Champion, DFL-Minneapolis; Karen Clark, DFL-Minneapolis; Kurt Daudt, R-Crown; Greg Davids, R-Preston; Jim Davnie, DFL-Minneapolis; Matt Dean, R-Dellwood; Bob Dettmer, R-Forest Lake; David Dill, DFL-Crane Lake; Kent Eken, DFL-Twin Valley; Dan Fabian, DFL-Roseau; Mary Franson, R-Alexandria; Patti Fritz, DFL-Faribault; Kerry Gauthier, DFL-Duluth; Steve Gottwalt, R-St. Cloud; Marion Greene, DFL-Minneapolis; Glenn Gruenhagen, R-Glencoe; Bob Gunther, R-Fairmont; Tom Hackbarth, R-Cedar; Rod Hamilton, R-Mountain Lake; Rick Hansen, DFL-South St. Paul; Alice Hausman, DFL-St. Paul; Jeff Hayden, DFL-Minneapolis; Debra Hilstrom, DFL-Brooklyn Center; Bill Hilty, DFL-Finlayson; Mary Liz Holberg, R-Lakeville; Joe Hoppe, R-Chaska; Frank Hornstein, DFL-Minneapolis; Larry Hosch, DFL-St. Joseph; Larry Howes, R-Walker; Thomas Huntley, DFL-Duluth; Kory Kath, DFL-Owatonna; Tim Kelly, R-Red Wing; Andrea Kieffer, R-Woodbury; Mary Kiffmeyer, R-Big Lake; Lyle Koenen, DFL-Clara City; John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove; Morrie Lanning, R-Moorhead; Ernie Leidiger, R-Mayer; Mike LeMieur, R-Little Falls; John Lesch, DFL-St. Paul; Tina Liebling, DFL-Rochester; Leon Lillie, DFL-North St. Paul; Tara Mack, R-Apple Valley; Carlos Mariani, DFL-St. Paul; Paul Marquart, DFL-Dilworth; Joe McDonald, R-Delano; Denny McNamara, R-Hastings; Carly Melin, DFL-Hibbing; Rena Moran, DFL-St. Paul; Mark Murdock, R-Ottertail; Pam Myhra, R-Burnsville; Michael Nelson, DFL-Brooklyn Park; Bud Nornes, R-Fergus Falls; Tim O’Driscoll, R-Sartell; Gene Pelowski, DFL-Winona; Joyce Peppin, R-Rogers; John Persell, DFL-Bemidji; Branden Petersen, R-Andover; Sandra Peterson, DFL-New Hope; Jeanne Poppe, DFL-Austin; Duane Quam, R-Byron; Tom Rukavina, DFL-Virginia; Linda Runbeck, R-Circle Pines; Tim Sanders, R-Blaine; Joe Schomacker, R-Luverne; Ron Shimanski, R-Silver Lake; Nora Slawik, DFL-Maplewood; Steve Smith, R-Mound; Kirk Stensrud, R-Eden Prairie; Tom Tillberry, DFL-Fridley; Paul Torkelson, R-Nelson Township; Dean Urdahl, R-Grove City; Bruce Vogel, R-Willmar, Jean Wagenius, DFL-Minneapolis; Torrey Westrom, R-Elbow Lake; Kelby Woodard, R-Belle Plaine; Kurt Zellers, R-Maple Grove.

Comments (29)
  1. MD says:

    I bet they will sign a bill to get back pay and a raise in the special session.

  2. lou says:

    MD, they deffered their pay, they did not decline it.
    Besides, how does their pay compare to billions of spending.

    Not a major issue who gets paid or not, just a distraction or a political ploy.

    Create a balanced budget, sign it, and lets get going.

    1. Jack says:

      “Not a major issue who gets paid or not”

      Tell that to single mothers who are trying to work their way out of the hole they’re in just to have daycare assistance (which is paid for out of child support payments) suspended.

  3. taxed enough says:

    13 GOP senators and 4 DFL declined their pay. And a pretty even split in the House so I don’t want to hear anyone say anything about those evil republicans or those greedy DFL members, they are all just as bad as the next.

    1. KELLY says:


  4. Really says:

    Your article uses two words: decline and defer, which is it? To defer means to postpone, which to me says these politicians will in the end accept their July 1st paychecks. Please explain….as I don’t get paid for time off my job unless I have it coming in the form of vacation pay or sick pay… ???? What’s the real deal here?

    1. We Are All Losing Here says:

      Really, You meed to read the article one more time. It said that 62 Minnesota state lawmakers DEFERRED their July 1 paycheck and Gov. Mark Dayton is declining his paycheck during the shutdown. Then they show a list of those that declined their check. and those that did not.

  5. Red Herring says:

    This is a red herring and I don’t care who accepts pay. This is like shooting the messenger.

    1. Recall says:

      I think you’re right w/ the red herring. From what I gather, they are salaried like teachers–paid over 12 mo. for a single session. So, rightfully, this is their $. We may not agree with how they (didn’t) earn it, but they earned it just the same. Just political grandstanding for those who are refusing it.

  6. d kauls says:

    I think we should give them all big bonuses for exposing how little the vast majority of Minnesotans rely on any but the most basic State government services.

    1. CommonSense says:


  7. GOPSUX says:

    Anyone who takes pay, GOP or DFL is a slimebag.

    1. Julie says:

      I agree.

      State Workers aren’t getting ‘deferred’ pay lol
      They got pink slips and the boot when the shutdown started.

      This makes me hate our state government more.
      It is about as corrupt as a HOA.
      (Home Owners Association.)

      1. Somebody says:

        If you Don’t like the government vote against it and elect a new one.
        I love America. And the people really need to educate themselfs and find out what their local lawmakers are doing and hold them accountable for their actions

        1. Lori says:

          Hold them accountable? YEA right! The whole State is trying to make them accountable for their actions. And looks how thats working out. They all need to step down and give themselves pink slips. And let people in that can do the job.

          1. Somebody says:

            Like I said you have the right to elect a new goverment every two years and just keep doing that until they get the message that the we the people are going to hold them accountable for thei actions, Just don’t throw the towel in and say ypou can’t do nothing because that is a croc We are the people and we can speak louder if we keeping educating ourself on what they are doing and let them know that. Can’t is not an option nor is falure

    2. Jody says:

      I agree they are all slime bags to me because this shutdown even happened

  8. CommonSense says:

    I say keep a statemate until the debt is paid off and a new solution which doesn’t raise taxes or raise any spending upon which the state can justify with income or guaranteed federal money (if any).

    So far, I’m affected by taking a couple extra minutes to work as I travel adjacent to a mnpass route.

    1. Somebody says:

      Wait till winter when the roads you Drive on are not plowed yet, I hope you were not planning on the State fair because that is not happening either, I was planning on getting a motorcycle Permit but I have to wait, you might not be affected by the shut down now but you will soon

  9. Randy says:

    This isn’t about who accepts pay, this is about a Governor who will not sign the largest budget in the states history, which is an increase over the last bi-annium. Many Minnesotian’s have not had pay raises from our employers and have had our salaries frozen. Can’t the state live withikn its budget? Tell Governor Dayton to sign the balanced budgets and stop holding Minnesotian’s hostage. Don’t we pay enough in taxes? NO MORE TAXES.

    1. Julie says:

      His Budget was headlined with this:
      “Fair, Responsible, Balanced Budget invests in K-12 Education, public safety, and proposes no property or income tax increase on Middle Class Minnesotans.

      Best paragraph that I read was this:
      “Dayton’s budget is balanced just as he outlined in his campaign – by requiring high income Minnesotan’s to pay their fair share of income taxes. Dayton keeps his promises to low- and middle-class Minnesotans — 95% of Minnesotans will experience no tax increase as a result of Dayton’s budget. Dayton proposes a new 4th income tax tier at 10.95% for joint filers over $150,000 and head of household filers over $130,000; and a temporary income surtax of three percent for all filers over $500,000. He also proposes a statewide property tax on home values over $1,000,000. In addition, Dayton’s budget promotes tax equity and closes numerous loopholes that allow businesses and residents to file taxes outside of Minnesota. A spreadsheet outlining the impact on Minnesotans — including the 95% of all Minnesotans who will receive no increase as a result of this proposal — is attached.

      Dayton’s budget also addresses the chronic shortfalls that have plagued our state for the past few years, and makes significant progress toward achieving structural balance and ending the cycle of deficits.

      Dayton has proposed a $35.7 billion budget, while the Republican proposal stands at $34.2 billion. Dayton and Republican leaders have acknowledged they also have differences in policy to negotiate in the education and health programs.

      Still only 1.5 bil away from eachother.
      Dayton cares about us, Republicant’s keep forgetting without money, we can’t buy from the big corporations that put them into power.

      So, Randy… I bet you are one of the people that would fall into the higher tax bracket?

      1. Lori says:

        Here Here, everyone needs to start buying American Made and only from the small businesses. Boycott the big companies.

    2. Randy is just plain stupid says:

      Why can’t the wealthy slackers pay some?

    3. Lori says:

      Many Minnesotans including State employees have not had a pay raise and have salaries froze for 10 plus years. But the legislators vote themselves 17 percent raises. Get with it. Tax the rich!

  10. me says:

    …phuck….it’s fair to everyone that no one get paid during the shutdown….

  11. Recall says:

    I honestly don’t know what to make of this. It is a citizen legislature. Which means to me that they are elected to serve but remain employed elsewhere. Now, I understand we have some career politicians here—that deserve to have their career ended. I also recall that these dupas (I like that word) made certain that this portion of the budget was passed through prior to any shutdown. So, the money is there. I’m disgusted and conflicted. I’m sure that there are good moderates that are imploring their fellow members to end this nonsense and compromise. I know a Rep. personally that has this stance. Do I want him to be getting paid to push that agenda—yep. I just don’t know. The 3 main players (media-wise and certainly not the machine) Daisedton, Krotch, and Zipper—oh, I’m sorry for that—should refuse any payment until they get this thing over!

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