Daudt Takes Gavel As Republicans Control MN House By Michael McIntee | January 6, 2015 LikeTweet EmailPrint More More on Minnesota Subscribe to Minnesota Follow this author House Media Services Secretary of State Steve Simon presents newly elected Speaker of the House Kurt Daudt the gavel. With Republicans now in control of Minnesota’s House of Representatives, Rep. Kurt Daudt (R-Crown) is elected Speaker of the House and sworn in on the first day of the 2015 legislative session. Video above: Rep. Daudt is congratulated after being elected Speaker Of The House, accepts the gavel from Secretary of State Steve Simon, is sworn in and then gives a brief speech. Below below: All members of the Minnesota House take the oath of office. Click here for sharable version of this video Support this story and all the stories from The Uptake. Donate.