House 1993-2002 (District 54B); House 2003-2012 (District 54A)
Party when first elected: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
John Marshall High School; Secondary; Gustavus Adolphus College; B.A.; EducationUniversity of Minnesota, Twin Cities; M.A.; Education
Two children: Angela (daughter), Jim (son)
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:
She had been a member of the Republican Party in the 1980s, before she ran for office.One of her focuses as a legislator was mental health issues. Her son was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder.Religion provided by the Natural Resources Defense Council's State Directories 2005 and Politics in Minnesota the Directory, 2005-2006.