Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Jensen: Speaker is Not CEO of the Legislature

In '94, the GOP wrested the majority in the Assembly from the Dems, and Jensen was selected as majority leader. Meyer asked about the importance of being in the majority.

"It is difficult for legislators to pass legislation when you're in the minority," Jensen said. "Anything that has any sort of partisan ideology to it, only the majority gets those passed."

Jensen lost a bid for speaker in '96, but got the job when Ben Brancel was tabbed by Thompson to serve as agriculture secretary in fall of 1997.

He said speaker is a "great job" but its not like being CEO of the Legislature. "You can't direct people to do things in most situations. You have to persuade people to do things," Jensen said.

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