Senate District 26

Our purpose is to support all Democratic Farmer Labor Candidates.

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Our Leadership
Chair: Jen Verhagen


Jen Verhagen was born and raised in Holland, Michigan. (If you ask her where she is from, she’ll show you on her hand.) She graduated from Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Master of Liberal Studies in Organizational Leadership. She was previously the Communications Officer and President of the Young Democrats of Olmsted County.


Her goals for being chair this term are to continue to modernize the party through outreach, increase the visibility of the party in the community, create a more inclusive environment, and foster communication that conveys the DFL Values. If you would like to connect, please email her at



Vice-Chair: Tyler Bussian

Tyler Bussian is from Lena, Illinois, a little town in the northern part of the state. He graduated cum laude from DePauw University in Green Castle, Indiana with a major in Biology and minor in Political Science. Currently, he’s a PhD Candidate for a degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology here in Rochester. Over the next two years, he hopes to increase the communication within SD26 and establish a more modernized system of organization and outreach. If you would like to contact Tyler, feel free to email him at



Treasurer: Anastasia Folpe



Secretary: Karen MacLaughlin



Outreach and Inclusion Officer: Mary Anderson


Accommodation Resources

Here you can find some recommendations as well as resources on planning unit events.


DFL Party Documents

Here you can find the DFL Constitution, Official Call, Platform, and Action Agenda.


Staff Directory

Here you can find a list of the current DFL Staff as well as their emails to get in contact. Here are some key contacts emails: Party Affairs Questions - Training Questions - VAN Questions - PCR Questions -