What is the Minnesota DFL Senior Caucus?

The Senior Caucus was formed in 2006 as an organization within the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor party to address the needs of retirees, individuals over the age of 55, and senior citizens.  Seniors are among those most adversely affected by the policies and acts of the administrations in Minnesota and Washington DC

The Senior Caucus works to involve seniors throughout Minnesota in the political process, to provide a vehicle for their active participation in the DFL party, and to promote programs and legislation that protect and enhance the lives of seniors. Our united efforts influence voters and policy makers. Our unified voice makes a difference in assuring that the needs of older Minnesotans are addressed in policies and law.

I am a DFLer because the Democratic Party is the compassionate party. The DFL is concerned with the well being of all people, from birth through death with dignity. The DFL is the party that represents my progressive philosophies.

Gary Westorff

I joined the East Central Senior Caucus Chapter after my retirement at age 71. The opportunity to hear knowledgeable members and guests in a local establishment was a big reason. As a whole, the Senior Caucus members experience and understanding of legislative processes amazes me.

Bonnie Lokenvitz

Come Join Us

Join us and become an active member of our DFL Community Caucus to help us address the needs of seniors. Join one or more of our local chapters and join our committees leading us on vital issues that concern us all. Please join and donate. Your membership dues and donations allow us to reach more seniors. You become part of a mission and movement to address the needs of senior citizens across Minnesota.

Making a better world for our Children,our Grandchildren, and Ourselves!

ISSUES & LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES

What are the issues that the Senior Caucus care most about?

The primary goal of the Senior Caucus is to impact public policy, to bring focus and accountability to senior issues, and to elect representatives who support the following issues important to seniors:

  • Affordable, quality health care
  • Fair prescription drug coverage
  • Protect the Medicare program
  • Protect the Social Security program
  • Safe, livable communities
  • Affordable, quality education
  • Fair and equitable tax policies
  • A healthful environment to pass on to our children and grandchildren
  • Protecting vulnerable adults
  • Expand critical services to seniors, such as transportation, home health care, and maintenance
  • Provide decent, affordable housing for seniors
  • A peaceful world where our grandchildren can succeed

I joined the DFL Senior Caucus to get better educated on what I can do to promote positive action on senior issues.

Sandy Trudeau

I joined Senior Caucus to socialize with like minded people. I wanted to be part of a group that united Seniors. I wanted to be part of an active group that studied and pushed for laws which made a positive difference.

Josey Warren

DIRECTORS/BOARD

The DFL Senior Caucus is a member-directed organization.  Its day to day operation is conducted by an elected Board of Directors in accordance with the Caucus’s Charter.

The Board of Directors consists of five officers, Caucus Chair, Associate Chair, Secretary, Treasurer and Membership Director, and at least eight at-large Directors.  A new Board is elected every odd numbered year at the annual membership meeting.  The Board is responsible for managing the business and affairs of the Caucus. For more specific details refer to the Senior Caucus Charter.

LOCAL CHAPTERS

DFL Senior Caucus members residing within a particular Minnesota U.S. Congressional District, or smaller geographic area, may organize and operate a Chapter of the Senior Caucus in that district or area in order to further the purposes and activities of the Senior Caucus. Local interaction and political activism is being met through these local Chapters. The local Chapters operate within the framework of the DFL Senior Constituency Caucus.

Senior Caucus members seeking to form a local Chapter agree to operate under the Senior Caucus Charter and must apply to the Senior Caucus Board for recognition as an official Chapter. 

I like to debate and discuss important public policy issues of the day with others who are well informed and like to do the same as well as to enjoy the friendship and camaraderie of my fellow members.

Norm Hanson

I joined the MN DFL Senior Caucus because it’s the biggest voting block in the state and I want to help organize it on behalf of healthcare, education, and voting rights.

Kay Hendrikson

We DFLers are full of contradictions but we can be thankful for all we have goin for us each passing day. The Senior Caucus is here to help!

Don Bye