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DAVID TOMASSONI

Tomassoni, an independent lawmaker from Chisholm, was first elected to the Minnesota Legislature in 1992. He revealed his diagnosis with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, in 2021, and continued to serve as a senator.
Tomassoni spoke with MPR News Thursday, July 22, about how he’s navigating life with an incurable disease.
This is a huge win for Republicans and majority leader Paul Gazelka. He no longer has to thread the needle on legislation, particularly concerning the budget
The move creates a wedge in what was set to be a Senate chamber with a one-vote Republican advantage.

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