Looking Forward

Dick wants to work with Governor Dayton to break the deadlock that has gotten in the way of creating jobs, a real and fair solution to the state’s ten year budget crisis, and opportunity for all Minnesotans. As a member of the minority party over the past two years, Dick spoke out against the harmful proposals by Republicans. He consistently stood up for the values that Minnesotans cherish– fairness, equality, and opportunity.

Create Jobs and Economic Growth

Dick believes in focusing on education so people have the tools they need to get good-paying jobs, smart transit so they can get to and from their jobs, and health care and other support so they can show up and do good work.

Produce Real Solutions to the Budget Crisis

Dick believes that we need a plan to end the government deadlock by asking everyone to do their fair share and to stop putting all of the burden of the state’s budget problems on homeowners’ property tax bills.

Create Opportunity and Promote the Rights of All Minnesotans

Dick wants to help build a Minnesota that welcomes and values all of its citizens and to stop the divisive politics such as those that limit basic rights for women, eligible voters, and gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender citizens.

State Finance

As a longtime chair of the Senate Finance Committee, Dick is widely recognized as one of the people most knowledgeable about our state’s budget. Having spent the past two years fighting the Republican “cut and borrow” approach, he’s eager to lead Minnesota back to a balanced approach to state finance, one that makes the necessary investments to keep our state great.

Anti-Marriage Amendment

Dick has long been a supporter of LGBT rights; he is proud to have been one of only twelve senators to vote on the 1997 so-called Defense of Marriage legislation. He strongly opposes the anti-marriage amendment on the ballot in November. Dick co-authored a bill prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

Voter ID Amendment

Dick fought the proposed voter ID amendment at the State Capitol, pointing out repeatedly that it runs contrary to the scope of American history and, in particular, turns upside down the gains of the 1960s. It will be on the ballot this November; he strongly opposes it.


Dick has long been a champion for children. He helped create the CHIPS (Children in Need of Protective Services) system in our state, and led the passage of laws to strengthen Minnesota’s child support enforcement and collection laws, providing more money to single parent families and saving Minnesota taxpayer dollars.


Dick helped guide the 2008 Legacy Amendment through the Senate – a landmark constitutional provision that has dedicated millions to the environment and the arts. DIck has consistently fought for clean air and clean water.


Dick stands in strong support of a woman’s right to choose. He has repeatedly proposed legislation securing this right and prohibiting the blockage of access to medical facilities and prohibiting deceptive pregnancy counselling services.


Dick led the passage of the most significant and comprehensive change in criminal law since 1912. In his very first term at the Legislature, he authored legislation to ban semi-automatic assault weapons and once came within one vote of passage. In 1995, Dick offered an amendment to the Senate omnibus crime bill in response to the Oklahoma City bombing. The amendment made it a crime to instruct someone in the use or creation of weapons or explosives if the instructor knows or believes the skills will be used for terrorist acts.


Dick has long led the fight for affordable housing. He was the chief author of the Housing Solutions Act, a proposal to create a new dedicated funding stream for affordable housing statewide. He led the passage of innovative inclusionary housing legislation — called by the Star Tribune “a creative legislative proposal – a smart approach to a tough problem.”

Arts and Culture

Dick’s leadership in arts and culture has been recognized by President Obama, who appointed him to the President’s Committee on Arts and the Humanities. He initiated and successfully passed the Arts and Culture portion of the 2008 Legacy Amendment, for which he received a national award from  Americans for the Arts. In 1996, Dick authored the legislative proposal for the funding for the new Science Museum. The $30 million appropriation provided the much needed expansion space for the Science Museum and was the first major step in the revitalization of St Paul’s riverfront.