House 1985-2000 (District 46A); Senate 2001-2002 (District 46); Senate 2003-2012 (District 45); Senate 2013-Present (District 45)
Party when first elected: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Rich Township High School, Park Forest, Illinois; Secondary; Was a Foreign Exchange Student in Norway in 1959Northwestern University, Illinois; B.A.; Latin and GreekUniversity of Chicago; M.A.; Classical Languages and Literature (Latin and Greek)University of Minnesota; M.B.T.; Business TaxationHarvard University; M.A.T.; EnglishHarvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government; M.P.A.; Bush Fellowship
One child: Susan Lillnette (daughter)
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:
Special Legislative Concerns: tax policy, education funding, transportation, transit.She sought the Democratic-Farmer-Labor endorsement for Minnesota Secretary of State in 1998. She withdrew from the race in March 1998.Religion provided by the Natural Resources Defense Council's State Directories 2005 and Politics in Minnesota the Directory, 2005-2006.
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