Minnesota GOP picks David Hann as its new leader


The Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul is shown at sunrise on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019, shortly before the Office of the Legislative Auditor released a scathing report on how the state Department of Human Services made $29 million in overpayments to two tribes for opioid treatment programs. (AP Photo/Steve Karnowski)

MINNEAPOLIS – Minnesota Republican activists have picked former state Sen. David Hann as the next leader of their party.

The move comes following a scandal that brought down former Chair Jennifer Carnahan and left conservatives reeling ahead of a critical election cycle.

Hann is a former Senate minority leader from Eden Prairie, He defeated entrepreneur Jerry Dettinger by an 8% margin at the GOP’s state central committee meeting Saturday in Hopkins. He will lead the effort to repair the party’s image heading into the 2022 midterms.

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