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McGuire, Mary Jo

House 1989-92 (District 63A); House 1993-2002 (District 54A); Senate 2011-2012 (District 66)

Party when first elected:  Democratic-Farmer-Labor

Counties Served:  Hennepin, Ramsey

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Date of Birth: 7/29/1956
Birth Place: Falcon Heights, Minnesota
Birth County: Ramsey
Birth Country: United States
Date of Death:
Gender: Female
Religion:
Reported Minority: None Reported
Other Names:
City of Residence (when first elected): Falcon Heights
Occupation (when first elected): Legislator

EDUCATION

College of St. Catherine; B.A.; Business Administration
Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government; M.P.A.; Public Administration
Hamline University School of Law; J.D.;

OTHER GOVERNMENT SERVICE

County Board/Commissioner: Ramsey County, Minnesota (County Commissioner); 2013 to ? [Elected]

FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS

Spouse: Single
Children:
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:

GENERAL NOTES

She lost the Democratic-Farmer-Labor party endorsement in Senate District 66 to John Marty. She decided to run for county commissioner in Ramsey County and was elected.

Total Days Served: 5748

SESSIONS SERVED

87th Legislative Session (2011-2012)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 66
Elected: 4/12/2011
Residence: Falcon Heights
Term of Office: 4/18/2011 to 1/7/2013 (Special Election)
Counties Represented: Ramsey
Occupation: Teacher, St. Catherine's University/Associate Director, Nonpartisan Learning Law and Democracy Foundation/State Director, Project Citizen
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Special Session Bills Authored:     2011 1st Sp.S. - Author
Committees:
  • Energy, Utilities and Telecommunications
  • Judiciary and Public Safety
  • Local Government and Elections
Session Notes: She won the Senate special election held due to the resignation of Senator Ellen Anderson. She was sworn in on April 18, 2011.

82nd Legislative Session (2001-2002)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 54A
Elected: 11/7/2000
Residence: Falcon Heights
Term of Office: 1/3/2001 to 1/6/2003
Counties Represented: Hennepin, Ramsey
Occupation: Attorney/College Educator
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Committees:
  • Crime Prevention Minutes
  • Education Policy Minutes
  • Family and Early Childhood Education Finance Minutes
  • Rules and Legislative Administration Minutes

81st Legislative Session (1999-2000)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 54A
Elected: 11/3/1998
Residence: Falcon Heights
Term of Office: 1/5/1999 to 1/2/2001
Counties Represented: Hennepin, Ramsey
Occupation: Attorney/Legislator
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Committees:
  • Crime Prevention
  • Family and Early Childhood Education Finance Minutes
  • Judiciary Finance

80th Legislative Session (1997-1998)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 54A
Elected: 11/5/1996
Residence: Falcon Heights
Term of Office: 1/7/1997 to 1/4/1999
Counties Represented: Hennepin, Ramsey
Occupation: Attorney
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Committees:
  • Education: Family and Early Childhood Education Finance Division Minutes
  • Governmental Operations Minutes
  • Governmental Operations: Administrative Rules Minutes
  • Judiciary
  • Judiciary: Data Practices (Chair)
  • Judiciary: Judiciary Finance Division

79th Legislative Session (1995-1996)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 54A
Elected: 11/8/1994
Residence: Falcon Heights
Term of Office: 1/3/1995 to 1/6/1997
Counties Represented: Hennepin, Ramsey
Occupation: Legislator/Attorney
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Committees:
  • Ethics [She was an alternate member.]
  • Judiciary
  • Judiciary: Data Practices (Chair)
  • Judiciary Finance
  • Labor-Management Relations
  • Local Government and Metropolitan Affairs
  • Local Government and Metropolitan Affairs: Metropolitan Government

78th Legislative Session (1993-1994)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 54A
Elected: 11/3/1992
Residence: Falcon Heights
Term of Office: 1/5/1993 to 1/2/1995
Counties Represented: Hennepin, Ramsey
Occupation: Legislator/Attorney
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Committees:
  • Environment and Natural Resources Finance
  • Judiciary
  • Judiciary: Criminal Justice and Family Law
  • Judiciary: Data Privacy (Chair)
  • Judiciary: Judiciary Finance Division
  • Rules and Legislative Administration
Leadership Position: Assistant Majority Leader

77th Legislative Session (1991-1992)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 63A
Elected: 11/6/1990
Residence: Falcon Heights
Term of Office: 1/8/1991 to 1/4/1993
Counties Represented: Hennepin, Ramsey
Occupation: Legislator/Attorney
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Committees:
  • Appropriations
  • Appropriations: Environment and Natural Resources Division
  • Environment and Natural Resources
  • Housing
  • Housing: Community Revitalization
  • Judiciary
  • Judiciary: Criminal Justice Division
  • Judiciary: Family Law

76th Legislative Session (1989-1990)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 63A
Elected: 11/8/1988
Residence: Falcon Heights
Term of Office: 1/3/1989 to 1/7/1991
Counties Represented: Hennepin, Ramsey
Occupation: Legislator
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Committees:
  • Education
  • Education: Higher Education Division
  • Environment and Natural Resources
  • Environment and Natural Resources: Solid Waste
  • Local Government and Metropolitan Affairs
  • Local Government and Metropolitan Affairs: Metro Affairs
Articles & Books About
Hilton, Lisa. "Redistricting Casualty: New Boundaries Promt McGuire to Step Aside after 14 Years at the State Capitol." Session Weekly, St. Paul: Minnesota House of Representatives Information Office, April 5, 2002, p. 14.



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