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.
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
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.
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. Chapters must report on their activities semiannually to the Senior Caucus Board.