Fischbach Sworn in as Lt. Gov 25 May 18

ST. PAUL, Minn. (Various) — Sen. Michelle Fischbach took the oath of office as lieutenant governor this morning after months of resisting the role.

Fischbach was sworn in this morning to serve as the Democratic governor’s No. 2.

It’s a change of heart for Fischbach, a Republican who was automatically elevated to the role after Dayton appointed Tina Smith to the U.S. Senate.

Fischbach had sought to hang on to her Senate seat with Republicans holding just a one-seat edge in that chamber. However the Paynesville Republican says she will resign from her state Senate.

Her decision to resign from the chamber averts a second lawsuit from a constituent challenging Fischbach’s dual roles. But it also triggers the sole state Senate election of the fall, a contest that will determine control of Senate. The rest of the state’s 66 Senate districts aren’t on the ballot until 2020.

“I thank Lt. Governor Fischbach for the personal and professional grace with which she is assuming on this important role,” said Governor Dayton. “Together, we share a strong and sincere commitment to providing the best possible services to the people of Minnesota. I look forward to continuing our work together in the months ahead.” 

As a member of the Minnesota Senate, Lt. Governor Fischbach served as President of the Senate – the first woman in state history to hold that role. In addition, Lt. Governor Fischbach chaired the Senate Higher Education Finance and Policy Committee, served on the Senate Finance Committee, the Senate Rules and Administration Committee, and the Senate Health and Human Services Finance and Policy Committee.