House 1995-2002 (District 27B)
Party when first elected: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
University of Minnesota; B.A.; EconomicsUniversity of California, Berkeley; J.D.; 1991
Single (when first elected); Shawn (first listed in 1997)
Two children: Tanner and Taylor (sons, twins, born while he was in office)
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:
His father, Robert Leighton Sr., ran unsuccessfully for the Minnesota Senate in the 1958 election.