DFL Senator Twyla Ring’s history in the Minnesota Senate

DFL Senator Twyla Ring passed away Friday evening, May 27, 2022.
When Twyla Ring decided to retire as the Editor of the North Branch Post Review newspaper in the fall of 1999, her dear friend, Senator Janet Johnson, had just passed away on August 21st after being diagnosed with a brain tumor in early July. Janet’s family convinced her that she would be the best person to carry on Janet’s work in the Minnesota Senate. Twyla received the endorsement of the local DFL and went on to win in a special election on Nov. 2. She also won in the next general election 2 years later.

Here is part of DFL Senator Twyla Ring’s obituary from her family with a link to her full obituary showing her many other accomplishments in a life fulfilled:

“The unstoppable Twyla Lorraine Ring, age 84, of North Branch, MN passed away May 27, 2022 with her loving family by her side.

Twyla was born September 15, 1937, in Minneapolis, MN to her parents Albert and Elmie (Lahti) Holznagel. She graduated as Salutatorian in a class of 600, from North High School in 1955. Soon after, she married the love of her life, Ardell Ring, and lived in Minneapolis, Crystal, MN, and lastly settled in North Branch, MN in 1973.”

See full obituary and notice of celebration of life here:

Twyla Ring – Family Obituary

Below is the history of Senator Twyla Ring’s legislative dates along with a list of Twyla’s many accomplishments in the form of 69 legislative bills where she was the chief author.

DFL Senator Twyla Ring’s history in the Minnesota Senate:


81st Legislative Session (1999-2000) (second half of Sen. Janet Johnson’s term)

Elected: 11/2/1999 (Special Election to serve out the term of Senator Janet Johnson who died 8-21-1999)
Term of Office: 12/23/1999 to 1/2/2001 
Counties Represented: Chisago, Isanti, southern part of Kanabec & Pine
22 bills with Senator Twyla Ring as Chief Author:

82nd Legislative Session (2001-2002)

Elected: 11/7/2000
Term of Office: 1/3/2001 to 1/6/2003
Counties Represented: Chisago, Isanti, southern part of Kanabec & Pine
Committees served on during 2001-2002
  • Agriculture, General Legislation and Veterans Affairs
  • Environment and Natural Resources
  • Environment and Natural Resources: Fish and Wildlife
  • Environment and Natural Resources: Public Lands and Waters (Chair)
  • Finance
  • Finance: Environment and Agriculture Budget Division
  • Health and Family Security
47 bills with Senator Twyla Ring as Chief Author: