Paul Thissen, '92: Former Minnesota DFL House Speaker to Run for Governor

Rep. Paul Thissen, the Minneapolis DFLer who was speaker of the Minnesota House during a brief but intense period of progressive legislative victories a few years ago, said Wednesday that he is running for governor.

Thissen, in his eighth two-year term from a safe DFL district in southwest Minneapolis, will formally launch his campaign on Thursday. He said in an interview that as governor he would tackle two big challenges.

“The biggest job of the next governor is going to be standing up for everyday people in the face of economic changes,” he said. “And, figuring out a way to govern so people feel like they actually have a voice in their future again.”

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