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Bakk to lead Minnesota Senate Democratic majority

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Democrats who won legislative majorities in Tuesday's election are picking their top leaders.

The Senate DFL Caucus announced Sen. Tom Bakk's (bahk) election as majority leader Thursday on Twitter as the caucus met privately at a St. Paul hotel. Bakk, of Cook, led the Democratic minority for the past two years.

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House Democrats are expected to pick current Minority Leader Paul Thissen (TEE'-sen) of Minneapolis as speaker at a caucus meeting later Thursday. The House DFL is also choosing a majority leader.

Democrats won 39 of the Senate's 67 seats and 73 of the House's 134 seats two years after losing power to Republicans.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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