David Hann, former Senate minority leader, elected as new Minnesota GOP chair

(KSTP) – The Minnesota State Republican Party has chosen David Hann of Eden Prairie as its new chair to replace Jennifer Carnahan, who resigned from her post in August.

Hann, a former state senator who served as minority leader from 2013-17, beat out Jerry Dettinger and Phillip Parrish for the chairmanship. Another candidate, Leilani Holmstadt was voted unqualified earlier in the committee meeting.

About 350 delegates in the Minnesota Republican Party’s Central Committee cast their votes Saturday at the Hopkins Center for the Arts.

Minnesota DFL Chair Ken Martin congratulated Hann on his new position.

Former GOP Chairwoman Carnahan disputes allegations that she fostered a toxic work environment and denies any foreknowledge of prominent party donor Tony Lazzaro’s alleged involvement in an underage sex trafficking conspiracy.