Politics and Government | Reporter

Torey Van Oot reports on Minnesota politics and government for the Star Tribune.

Van Oot covered state and national politics for more than a decade, contributing to outlets ranging from The Sacramento Bee to InStyle to The Washington Post. When she's not writing and tweeting about politics, Van Oot enjoys running, getting outdoors and checking out Minnesota's many craft breweries. She's told she has terrible taste in TV. Van Oot, who grew up in Vermont, lives in Minneapolis with her husband and a sweet but poorly behaved golden retriever.


Listen: Will Minnesota join push toward a national popular vote?

Fifteen states have joined the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, but Minnesota isn't one of them. Host Eric Roper talks to reporter Torey van Oot about why.


North Branch senator launches bid to lead Minnesota GOP

Jennifer Carnahan, the current party chair, has not yet said whether she plans to run for another two-year term.


Minn. lawmakers hope to revive stalled push for sprinklers in old high-rises

Spurred by fatal fire in Minneapolis, bill became stalled during pandemic.


Walz, GOP legislators offer plans with relief for businesses

Gov. Tim Walz said he hopes to call legislators back into special session as early as next week. "It feels like there's bipartisan momentum," he said outside the Nook in St. Paul.


Two Republicans join Minn. House Democrats in urging virus caution

About one-fifth of legislators vow to take safety steps, urge residents to do the same.


Klomentum or Klobmentum? Tweet revives heated Klobuchar primary debate

Many months (years? lifetimes?) ago, a fierce debate dominated some corners of the Democratic primary Twitter: What should U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s rising status in…


Minnesota GOP lawmakers silent on Trump efforts to subvert election

Republicans serving in Minnesota's congressional delegation remained silent Friday as President Donald Trump forged ahead on a last-ditch effort to nullify the outcome of the…


Will Minnesota join the push to switch to a national popular vote?

Coming off the 2020 presidential election, the conversation around the Electoral College continues to heat up.


2 Minnesota senators split from DFL, start independent caucus

Sen. Tom Bakk of Cook, a longtime Capitol power broker, and Sen. David Tomassoni of Chisholm cited growing political polarization.


Minnesota U.S. Rep. Tom Emmer re-elected as House GOP campaign chair

Republicans exceeded handicappers' expectations nationwide.