Senate committees to take up Dayton Cabinet picks

Two state Senate committees will hold confirmation hearings for members of Gov. Mark Dayton’s Cabinet.

The Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Committee is holding a hearing Thursday morning for Ramona Dohman, who is Dayton’s pick to lead the Department of Public Safety. Dohman was chief of police in Maple Grove and recently served as president of the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association.

Later in the day, the Senate Senate Committee on Energy, Utilities and Telecommunications will hold a confirmation hearing for Ellen Anderson, who Dayton chose to lead the Public Utilities Commission. Anderson, a longtime Democratic member of the Senate, left her seat earlier this year to accept Dayton’s appointment.

If the committees approve the commissioner appointees, the full Senate will vote on the confirmations.