ST. PAUL (AP) -- A Republican state senator who once sponsored bills to build a new Twins stadium was appointed chairman of the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission by Gov. Tim Pawlenty on Friday.
Roy Terwilliger, who recently retired after four terms as Edina's state senator, succeeds Kathryn Roberts, whose term expired March 1.
Terwilliger, 65, takes over the agency that owns and operates the Metrodome at a time of deep state deficits, with a Twins ballpark bill passed but in need of changes and with the commission's relationship with the Vikings in a contentious mode. Meanwhile, the University of Minnesota football team also is seeking ways to generate more revenues at the Dome.
Terwilliger said he received no marching orders from Pawlenty, who consistently voted against sports facilities legislation while in the House.
Of Terwilliger, Pawlenty said, in a statement: "While we may have differed on the approach needed to retain professional sports in the past, we both share a very strong interest in keeping our sport franchises strong where they belong, in Minnesota."
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