“At 12:01 a.m. this morning, in accordance with the Minnesota Constitution, I ascended to the position of acting lieutenant governor.
My primary focus will continue to be serving the citizens of Senate District 13 in the Minnesota Senate, who elected me to a four-year term.
The position of lieutenant governor has no constitutional duties and its authority is what is provided by the governor. I have had cordial conversations with Governor Dayton and am looking forward to a positive relationship with him and his staff. I am confident I will be able to handle duties as both state senator and acting lieutenant governor through the remaining months of Governor Dayton’s term.
I have declined the salary provided to the lieutenant governor and communicated that in a letter to the governor’s office.”