|U.S. Senator from Minnesota|
From: November 4, 2002 – January 3, 2003
Dean Barkley was a member of the Independence Party of Minnesota, formerly the Reform Party of Minnesota. He had previously directed the office of Minnesota Planning during the Jesse Ventura administration, and run twice for the U.S. Senate and once for the U.S. House on the Reform Party ticket. During his short term in the Senate, he chose not to caucus with either major party despite being courted by both.