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GOP's Fischbach Assumes Lt. Gov. Role, Rejects Higher Pay

Sen. Michelle Fischbach (R-Paynesville) is Minnesota's new lieutenant governor. Sen. Michelle Fischbach (R-Paynesville) is Minnesota's new lieutenant governor. |  Photo: Minnesota Legislature

January 03, 2018 04:19 PM

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota's new Republican lieutenant governor says she'll reject the job's higher salary as she plans to maintain her seat in the state Senate.

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GOP Sen. Michelle Fischbach was in line to join Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton's administration after Tina Smith resigned the job to join the U.S. Senate. Fischbach confirmed in a Wednesday statement she ascended to the job, stressing she is now Minnesota's "Acting Lieutenant Governor."

But Fischbach said she'd decline its salary of nearly $96,000 in lieu of her legislative salary of $45,000 annually. Republicans are anxious to keep Fischbach in the Senate to protect a narrow majority.

It's still ripe for a lawsuit from Democrats who say Fischbach can't hold both jobs. Senate Minority Leader Tom Bakk has promised to challenge its constitutionality.


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