House 1985-90 (District 65B); Senate 1991-2012 (District 65); Senate 2013-2022 (District 65); Senate 2023-Present (District 65)
Party when first elected: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Robbinsdale High School; Secondary; University of Minnesota; German Studies, 1969Metropolitan State University; B.A.; Public Policy, 1986Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government; M.P.A.; Bush Fellowship, 1993
Three children: Merissa, Nicolea, and Cassarah (daughters)
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:
Special Legislative Concerns: community development, education, taxes and tax policy, transportation, transit, metropolitan issues, women's issues, children's issues, immigrant issues, labor, health care, consumer protection, criminal justice reform, social and economic equity. She ran as the Democratic-Farmer-Labor endorsed candidate for Mayor of St. Paul in 1997; she lost to Norm Coleman.Religion according to Jewish Community Relations Council and Politics in Minnesota the Directory, 2005-2006.
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