Congressman Keith Ellison has said that if he becomes leader of the Democratic National Committee, he would give up his House seat. State Senator Scott Dibble said he would then run for Ellison’s seat. Then Dibble said he wouldn’t. Now Dibble says he would.
Just elected to a fifth term, Dibble was most recently chair of the Minnesota Senate Transportation Committee. He has also served one term in the Minnesota House.
Dibble was legislative sponsor of several high profile bills that became law in recent years, including allowing same-sex marriage in Minnesota, an anti-bullying bill and the state’s medical marijuana program.
Among other potential contenders is state Rep. Peggy Flanagan, DFL–St. Louis Park, who said recently she would run if Ellison resigned his seat to serve as DNC chair. Others considering running for the seat include DFL state Sens. Patricia Torres Ray and Jeff Hayden—both of Minneapolis.