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Sterner, Phillip M. "Phil"

House 2009-2010 (District 37B)

Party when first elected:  Democratic-Farmer-Labor

Counties Served:  Dakota


Date of Birth: 5/18/1960
Birth Place: Bismarck, North Dakota
Birth County:
Birth Country: United States
Date of Death:
Gender: Male
Religion: Catholic
Reported Minority: None Reported
Other Names: Phil
City of Residence (when first elected): Rosemount
Occupation (when first elected): Insurance Agent, Small Business Owner; President, Sterner Insurance Agency


Independent School District 196; Elementary School;
Apple Valley High School; Secondary; Graduate
University of St. Thomas; Attended College; Political Science and History


Municipal Board/Commission: Rosemount, Minnesota (Park and Recreation, Commissioner); [Dates Unknown]
State Legislative Staff: Minnesota House of Representatives (Intern for Representative Howard Knutson); 19?? to 19??
U.S. Legislative Staff/Council/Commission: United States Senate (Intern for United States Senator Rudy Boschwitz); 198? to ?
Municipal Council/Aldermen: Rosemount, Minnesota (City Council, Member); 2004 to 2008


Children: Five children: Nathan, Jeanette, Joleen, Julie, and Natalie
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:


He moved to Apple Valley, Minnesota around 1968. He moved to Rosemount, Minnesota in 1985.

He was the DFL endorsed candidate for Senate District 56 seat in the 2016 election but was unsuccessful. He was an unsuccessful candidate for the Minnesota House of Representatives in the 2010 election.

Religion provided by the St. Paul Pioneer Press Voter's Guide, 2008.

Total Days Served: 728


86th Legislative Session (2009-2010)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 37B
Elected: 11/4/2008
Residence: Rosemount
Term of Office: 1/6/2009 to 1/3/2011
Counties Represented: Dakota
Occupation: Insurance Agent, Small Business Owner; President, Sterner Insurance Agency
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Special Session Bills Authored:     2010 1st Sp.S. - Author
  • Environment Policy and Oversight Minutes
  • State and Local Government Operations Reform, Technology and Elections Minutes
  • State and Local Government Operations Reform, Technology and Elections: Local Government Division Minutes
Ran in next election? Yes. Defeated in general election
Session Interviews
Session Interview (Video) 2010 House Interview

Session Interview (Video) 2009 House Interview

Articles & Books About
Cook, Mike. "Waiting Years for His Seat. Sterner Looks to Prove His Bipartisan Background." Session Weekly, St. Paul: Minnesota House of Representatives Information Office, January 30, 2009, p. 16.

District Files

District File - 2009 District 37B
These files are available in the Legislative Reference Library.

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