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DFL Party Hires New Executive Director


The Minnesota DFL Party is pleased to announce the hiring of Heidi Kraus Kaplan to serve as the party’s new Executive Director. Kraus Kaplan has over two decades worth of political and campaign experience, including working for U.S. Senator Mark Dayton, Senate Majority Leader Larry Pogemiller, as well as working on five different presidential campaigns through the years.

Most recently, Kraus Kaplan served as the National Operations Director on U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar’s presidential campaign. A veteran of Minnesota and national politics, Kraus Kaplan was the first person that DFL Chairman Ken Martin hired when he was first elected to lead the Minnesota DFL back in 2011.

Minnesota DFL Party Executive Director Heidi Kraus Kaplan released the following statement:

“I am absolutely thrilled to be returning to the Minnesota DFL in this new role. Having the chance to work alongside Chairman Ken Martin and the amazing DFL team as we prepare for redistricting and upcoming elections is an exciting opportunity to build upon the Party’s successes. I am proud of the progress that has been made and I’m looking forward to rolling up my sleeves and getting to work so we can continue electing DFLers to offices up and down the ballot and improving people’s lives and strengthening communities throughout Minnesota.”

Minnesota DFL Chairman Ken Martin released the following statement:

“The Minnesota DFL is extremely fortunate to have Heidi Kraus Kaplan return to the state party as our next Executive Director. Over the last 16 years I have enjoyed working alongside Heidi on a variety of campaigns and political initiatives and I know that our party will be well positioned with her helping to lead the way. Heidi has played a huge role in our success these past ten years and I couldn’t be more excited to have her running the day-to-day operations of our State DFL Party as we go into these critically important midterm elections.”