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Liebling 'strongly considering' run for governor

Longtime Rochester Rep. Tina Liebling is "strongly considering" a run for governor in 2018.

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Long-time Rochester Rep. Tina Liebling is "strongly considering" a run for governor in 2018.

The DFL lawmaker said in an interview with the Post Bulletin today that she is "seriously considering running for governor" and expects to decide before the legislative session ends in May.

"Things are moving quickly. There really isn't a lot of time before the next election," Liebling said.

Three other Democrats have already announced they are running for governor — St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman, St. Paul Rep. Erin Murphy and State Auditor Rebecca Otto. Several other Democrats are believed to be considering a bid. They include 1st District Rep. Tim Walz, 8th District Rep. Rick Nolan and Lt. Gov. Tina Smith.

Several Republicans also are mulling a run for governor. They include Ham Lake Sen. Michelle Benson, House Speaker Kurt Daudt, Dellwood Rep. Matt Dean, Republican Party of Minnesota Chairman Keith Downey and Mound Sen. David Osmek.


Liebling, an attorney, was first elected to the Minnesota House in 2004. During her time in the Legislature she has established herself as a leader on health care. She previously was chairman of the House Health and Human Services Policy Committee and currently serves as the lead Democrat on the Health and Human Services Reform Committee.

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