Lawmakers elect four University of Minnesota regents

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The Legislature has filled four seats on the University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents.

In a joint convention Wednesday evening, the House and Senate voted on nominees for the 12-member board, which governs the university. Lawmakers filled a student seat, a position representing the Fifth Congressional District, and two at-large seats. All have six-year terms.

To represent the Fifth District, the Legislature elected Peggy Lucas, a founding partner of Brighton Development Corporation and a former member of the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission. The student seat goes to Abdul Omari, a doctoral student at the university. And lawmakers chose two incumbent regents, Linda Cohen and Dean Johnson, for the at-large positions.