House 2009-2012 (District 58B); Senate 2013-2022 (District 59); Senate 2023-Present (District 59)
Party when first elected: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Minneapolis North High School; Secondary; GraduateMacalester College, St. Paul, Minnesota; B.A.; Political ScienceWilliam Mitchell College of Law; J.D.; 1995
Three children: Bobby, Jaylen, and Myles (sons)
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:
Special Legislative Concerns: job creation, affordable housing, civil rights, education, economic development, criminal justice reform.He is the first Black person to serve as Senate president and the most senior lawmaker of color when the new legislative session convened in 2023. (Sahan Journal)When first elected in 2008, he was one of two black members of the House (Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder, February 13, 2009).He announced his intention to run for the 5th Congressional District in the 2018 election on June 5, 2018, but suspended his campaign on June 11, 2018. He continued his term in the Senate.He was the co-founder and director of the 2003 Grammy nominated Excelsior Choir.
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