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Frequently Asked Questions About the Minnesota Legislature

How do I run for election to the House or the Senate?

Representatives and Senators must be qualified voters of the state, be 21 years of age, and must have resided one year in the state. In addition, legislators must have lived the six months immediately preceding the election in the district from which they are elected.

Candidates for the Senate or House of Representatives must file during the designated time period, usually in May and June of the election year, and pay a fee. The Office of the Secretary of State has information on candidate qualifications, election laws, election calendars, voter lists, and more on their Elections and Voting page of their website.