Metropolitan Center for Independent Living


Minnesota Legislators

Minnesotans are represented at the capitols in both St. Paul and Washington D.C. The U.S. Senate and U.S. House in Washington function much like the state Legislature with one major difference. The bills U.S. senators and representatives debate apply to the whole country - not just the state.

The U.S. Senate has 100 members; two senators are elected from each state. They are elected to six-year terms and about one-third of the seats are elected every two years. Senators are elected state-wide and each represents the entire state.

The U.S. House of Representatives has 435 members; the number of representatives a state has is based on the state's population. Minnesota has eight representatives in the U.S. House, each elected from one of the state's eight congressional districts. Each U.S. House member represents about 500,000 people. Unlike U.S. Senators, U.S. Representatives represent those people who live within their districts. They each serve a two-year term and are elected on even-numbered years.

Although the U.S. House is often informally referred to as Congress, that term really refers to both the U.S. House and U.S. Senate taken together.




First District

Tim Walz
1529 Longworth House Office
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-2472
Contact Form:

Senator Norm Coleman United States Senate Washington, DC 20510
(202) 224-5641
Contact Form:
Fax: (202)224-1152

Second  District

John Kline 1429 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-2271
E-mail: through web site
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530 Robert Street North
St Paul, MN 55101  
Voice: 651-646-8342
Fax: 651-603-2006

The Mission of the Metropolitan Center for Independent Living is to assist people with disabilities to fulfill their desire to lead productive self-determined lives.