Jeremy Miller (politician)
Jeremy R. Miller is a Minnesota politician and the 13th and current President of the Minnesota Senate. A member of the Republican Party of Minnesota, he represents District 28, which comprises parts of Fillmore and Winona counties in the southeastern part of the state. Miller graduated from Winona Senior High School in 2001, earned his A. A. S. from Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical in Winona in 2004. Miller was first elected to the Senate in 2010, defeating incumbent DFL legislator Sharon Erickson Ropes, was re-elected to his second term in 2012, he was selected by his caucus to succeed Lt. Gov. Michelle Fischbach as Senate President, took over that position in 2019. Miller is married to Janel and the couple have three children: Drew and Tom. Miller is a small business owner, the chief financial officer of Wm. Miller Scrap Iron and Metal Co. in Winona, a family-owned and operated recycling business that dates back to 1910. Miller and his two brothers and Willie, are the fourth generation of their family to be involved in the business and work together with their father and employees.
He is a director on the Winona State University Warrior Club Board and Saint Mary’s University athletic advisory board. He serves as vice president of the Morrie Miller Athletic Foundation, an organization, instrumental in supporting and sustaining youth athletics, he is a member of the Winona Area Chamber of Commerce and Minnesota State College – Southeast Technical Alumni Association. In addition, Miller serves on the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries Service Corp. Board of Directors, based in Washington, DC. Jeremy Miller at Minnesota Legislators Past & Present Senator Jeremy Miller official Minnesota Senate website Senator Jeremy Miller official campaign website RIOS News Release - New Board Members Project Vote Smart - Senator Jeremy Miller Profile Winona Daily News Editorial - August 25, 2009: "Reform and reason"
Kurt Louis Daudt is an American politician and the Minority Leader of the Minnesota House of Representatives. He is a former Speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives. A member of the Republican Party of Minnesota, he represents District 31A, which includes portions of Anoka and Sherburne counties in east-central Minnesota, north of the Twin Cities metropolitan area, he lives beside Spectacle Lake in Isanti County. Daudt attended Princeton High School, where he graduated in 1992. Rep. Sondra Erickson was his English teacher there. Daudt attended the University of North Dakota to study aviation management - he did not graduate, he is a licensed private airline pilot. Daudt served as an Isanti County commissioner from 2005 to 2010. Before that, he was a township board supervisor for Stanford Township from 1995 to 2005, a member of the East Central Regional Library Board, he was a founding member of Project 24, a nonprofit organization that builds orphanages in Kenya. To date, the project has built six orphanages.
Before his election to the legislature, he worked at auto dealerships as a salesman and business manager. Daudt was first elected in 2010. After Republicans won a House majority in the 2014 mid-term elections, Daudt was selected by Republicans to become Speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives for the session beginning in 2015. Daudt was elected as Speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives by the full House on January 6, 2015. Daudt is the youngest person. Daudt served on the Elections Committee and the Rules and Legislative Administration Committee for the 2013-2015 Session, he served on the Commerce and Regulatory Reform, the Higher Education Policy and Finance, the Redistricting committees, as well as on the Taxes Subcommittee for the Property and Local Tax Division. In 2013, Daudt the House minority leader, was involved in an incident in Montana when a friend Daniel Weinzetl, brandished a handgun during the sale of a vintage vehicle, pointing it at the seller's "entire family, including the children."
The handgun belonged to Daudt. The altercation arose after the seller differed about the condition of the vehicle. Daudt was released by Montana police without being charged with a crime. In 2016, Daudt was accused of using his position as Speaker of the House to garner favorable treatment from credit card companies. In 2015, U. S. Bank and Capital One won legal judgments against Daudt, stemming from his failure to pay $13,000 in overdue charges and legal fees incurred pursuing the money. However, the companies declined to pursue the judgments after a lobbying firm with clients with interests at the legislature appeared to intervene on Daudt's behalf. In August 2017, Daudt joined other Republican state legislators on a free trip to London with lobbyists from the title and payday lending industries, Walmart and Altria. Following the trip, Ohio Speaker of the House Cliff Rosenberger resigned from office after ethics concerns were raised. During the 2016 US Presidential election, Daudt gave his endorsement to the Republican nominee, Donald Trump.
On October 8, 2016, he joined others in his party in rescinding his endorsement and calling for the nominee to step down. Kurt Daudt at Minnesota Legislators Past & Present Rep. Kurt Daudt official Minnesota House of Representatives website Kurt Daudt official campaign website Project Votesmart - Rep. Kurt Daudt Profile Kurt Daudt on Twitter
Melissa Hortman is an American politician and the Speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives. She is a former Minority Leader of the Minnesota House of Representatives. A member of the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party, she represents District 36B, which includes portions of Anoka and Hennepin counties in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. Hortman graduated from Blaine High School in Blaine, Minnesota in 1988, she earned bachelor's degrees in Political Science and Philosophy from Boston University, graduating magna cum laude in 1991, earned a Juris Doctor from the University of Minnesota Law School, cum laude, in 1995, a Master of Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School in 2018. Hortman won her first term by narrowly defeating Republican incumbent Stephanie Olsen in the 2004 general election by 402 votes out of over 20,000 cast, she had lost to Olsen in the 2002 election. She has been re-elected every two years since then. In her first term, Hortman was an outspoken advocate for the Northstar Commuter Rail line, which runs through her district.
She supported a new stadium for the Minnesota Twins. She has been an advocate of environmental issues and in the effort to bring the 2020 Summer Olympics to Minnesota, she is adamantly pro-choice, supports moderate gun control policies, opposes voter identification initiatives. In 2008, Hortman managed the DFL floor operation during a successful attempt to override then-Governor Tim Pawlenty's veto of a gas tax increase, she was chair of the House Energy Policy Committee during the 2013-14 biennium, was the chief author of the state's solar energy standard and community solar laws. After the 2006 election, Hortman was chosen by her peers to serve as one of eight assistant majority leaders in the House, she was again chosen to serve in this capacity after the 2008 elections. She has served as speaker pro tempore for many of the House sessions, she served as a minority whip during the 2011-2012 legislative session. She was elected by her caucus to be minority leader following the 2016 election. After her caucus gained enough seats in 2018 to retake the majority, they designated her Speaker.
Hortman has won awards for her bipartisan work from the 2020 Caucus. She has won awards from Conservation Minnesota. Melissa Hortman at Minnesota Legislators Past & Present Official House of Representatives website Official campaign website
Steve Simon is a Minnesota politician. He is the 22nd Minnesota Secretary of State. A member of the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party, he represented District 46B in the Minnesota House of Representatives. Simon graduated from Hopkins High School in Hopkins went on to Tufts University in Medford, receiving his B. A. in Political Science in 1992. He earned his J. D. from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1996. He worked as an assistant attorney general for Minnesota attorneys general Hubert H. Humphrey III and Mike Hatch from 1996–2001, has been an associate with the law firm of Robins, Kaplan and Ciresi since 2001. Simon was first elected in 2004, was re-elected in 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012. On Monday, May 2, 2011, Simon testified regarding and opposed a proposed constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage in Minnesota, his comments drew national attention: "How many more gay people does God have to create before we ask ourselves whether or not God wants them around?" On August 6, 2013, Simon announced his candidacy in the 2014 Minnesota Secretary of State election.
He narrowly defeated Republican Dan Severson for the office. Steve Simon is married to Leia Christoffer Simon, they have two children together. Active in his local community, Simon is a member of the TwinWest Chamber of Commerce, the American Cancer Society, the local League of Women Voters, the St. Louis Park Community Education Advisory Council, the Lenox Foundation, which raises funds for the St. Louis Park Senior Program, he is a member of Temple Israel, serves on the board of the Minnesota Chapter of the Jewish Community Relations Council, is an attorney. Steve Simon at Minnesota Legislators Past & Present Steve Simon for Secretary of State official Minnesota Secretary of State campaign website Steve Simon official Minnesota House of Representatives campaign website Project Votesmart - Rep. Steve Simon Profile Minnesota Public Radio Votetracker: Rep. Steve Simon
The Minnesota Legislature is the bicameral legislature of the U. S. state of Minnesota consisting of two houses: the Senate and the House of Representatives. Senators are elected from 67 single-member districts. In order to account for decennial redistricting, members run for one two-year term and two four-year terms each decade, they are elected for four-year terms in years ending in 2 and 6, for two-year terms in years ending in 0. Representatives are elected for two-year terms from 134 single-member districts formed by dividing the 67 senate districts in half. Both houses of the Legislature meet between January and the first Monday following the third Saturday in May each year, not to exceed 120 days per biennium. Floor sessions are held in the Minnesota State Capitol in Saint Paul. Early on in the Minnesota's history, the Legislature had direct control over the city charters that set the groundwork for governments in municipalities across the state. In the early period, many laws were written for specific cities.
The practice was outlawed in 1881. For instance, the long-standing Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board and the city's now defunct Library Board were both created by the Legislature in the next several years; the Minnesota Constitution was amended in 1896 to give cities direct control over their own charters. Following the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution in 1920, women began to be elected to the Minnesota Legislature. In 1922, Mabeth Hurd Paige, Hannah Kempfer, Sue Metzger Dickey Hough and Myrtle Cain were elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives. In 1984, the Legislature ordered. After two years of work, the rewritten laws were adopted. Only 301 of 20,000 pronouns were feminine. "His" was changed 10,000 times and "he" was changed 6,000 times. In 1913, Minnesota legislators began to be elected on nonpartisan ballots; this was a historical accident that occurred when a bill to provide for no-party elections of judges and county officers was amended to include the Legislature in the belief that it would kill the bill.
While Minnesota legislators were elected on a nonpartisan ballot, they caucused as "Liberals" or "Conservatives," the equivalent in most years to Democratic or Farmer–Labor and Republican, respectively. In 1974, House members again ran with party designation. In 1976, Senate members again ran with party designation. Governor Jesse Ventura advocated the idea of changing the Legislature to be unicameral while he was in office, but the concept did not obtain widespread support. In 2004, the Legislature ended its regular session without acting on a majority of the planned legislation due to political divisiveness on a variety of issues ranging from education to same-sex marriage. A proper budget failed to pass, major anticipated projects such as the Northstar Corridor commuter rail line were not approved. Governor Tim Pawlenty, an advocate of the line, was expected to request a special session, but ended up helping the coordination of other funds to continue development of the line; the lack of action in the 2004 session is said to be one reason why a number of Republican House members lost their seats in the November election.
The Democratic–Farmer–Labor minority grew from 53 to 66 and the Republican majority was reduced from 81 to 68. The Senate was not up for election in 2004 so the DFL was able to maintain its five-seat majority in the upper house. One state senator, Sheila Kiscaden of Rochester, was an Independence Party member until December 2005 when she began caucusing with the DFL, although she had been an elected Republican in the past; the DFL majority increased to six senators when Kiscaden announced her re-affiliation with the DFL in preparation to run for lieutenant governor on a ticket with DFLer Kelly Doran. There is a mandatory adjournment date specified in the state constitution: "The legislature shall not meet in regular session, nor in any adjournment thereof, after the first Monday following the third Saturday in May of any year." In 2005, the regular session ended without passage of an overall budget and a special session was subsequently called by Governor Pawlenty. No overall budget passed by the end of the fiscal year on June 30, much of the government shut down for the first time in the state's history.
However, some essential services remained in operation and some departments received funding in legislation. A compromise budget was signed into law two weeks later. After the 2018 election cycle, the Minnesota Legislature became the only state in the nation with a divided legislature, with the DFL party controlling the House and the Republicans holding the Senate majority; when the Legislature is in session, proceedings of both houses are broadcast on television via the Minnesota Channel and online via the Legislature's website. Minnesota Senate Minnesota House of Representatives Minnesota Territorial Legislature Minnesota Legislature Minnesota Senate Minnesota House of Representatives
Paul E. Gazelka is a Minnesota politician and the majority leader of the Minnesota Senate. A Republican, Gazelka represents District 9, which includes communities in Cass, Morrison and Wadena counties in the north central part of the state, he served in the Minnesota House of Representatives. Gazelka attended Roosevelt High School in Minnesota, he attended Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, where he graduated with a bachelor's degree in business management. He worked in various capacities with State Farm Insurance through the years, including as an agent and field executive. Gazelka has served on the local Chamber of Commerce, Kiwanis Club, school board, as a volunteer for Teen Challenge and Habitat for Humanity. Gazelka operates an insurance agency in Baxter, he is an author. Gazelka served in the Minnesota House of Representatives from 2005 to 2007, where he represented portions of Crow Wing County, including the city of Brainerd. During his term, he served as vice chair of the Commerce and Financial Institutions Committee, in addition to serving on the Jobs and Economic Opportunity Policy Finance Committee, the Transportation Committee, the Commerce and Financial Institutions Subcommittee for the Tourism Division.
Gazelka was defeated for re-election in 2006. Gazelka was elected to the Minnesota Senate in 2010, defeating incumbent Republican Senator Paul Koering in an August primary election, his Democratic challenger in the November general election. Following redistricting, Gazelka was placed in Senate District 9, he was re-elected to the Senate in 2012 and 2016. Following the 2016 election, which saw Republicans re-gain a majority in the Senate, Gazelka was elected by his caucus to be majority leader. Gazelka and his wife, live in Nisswa, Minnesota, they have five children. Paul Gazelka at Minnesota Legislators Past & Present Senate Majority Leader Gazelka's official Minnesota Senate Republicans website Official Minnesota Senate website Official campaign website Project Votesmart - Senator Paul Gazelka Profile
Peggy Flanagan is the 50th and current lieutenant governor of Minnesota. Her election on November 6, 2018, made her the second Native American woman to be elected to statewide executive office in U. S. history. She served as a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives from 2015 to 2019. A member of the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party, she represented District 46A in the western Twin Cities metropolitan area. A member of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe she joined fellow DFLer Susan Allen, Republican Steve Green, an enrolled member of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe as the only other Natives in the Minnesota State House. On July 28, 2016, Flanagan became the first Native American woman to address the Democratic National Convention, from the podium. Flanagan has worked on issues relating to education and political organizing for urban Native Americans in Minneapolis, through the Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches. Elected to the city's School Board, she served from 2005 to 2009.
Flanagan was raised by a single mother in St. Louis Park, just west of Minneapolis. Flanagan attended local schools and received a bachelor's degree in child psychology from the University of Minnesota in 2002. While in college, Flanagan worked for the campaign of Democratic US Senator Paul Wellstone becoming an organizer for the urban Native American community. After college, she worked for the Council of Churches, doing outreach work between Native American families and the Minneapolis public school system. In her first run for elective office, Flanagan won a seat on the Minneapolis Board of Education in 2004. In a six-candidate field that featured two incumbents, the political newcomer Flanagan garnered the most votes, she was elected along with Lydia Lee and incumbent Sharon Henry-Blythe and served one term on the board, from 2005 to 2009. In 2008, she challenged State Representative Joe Mullery in the Democratic primary, but dropped out of the race due to her mother's health problems. After working in a handful of other jobs, Flanagan joined Wellstone Action as a trainer of activists and candidates.
Flanagan advocated for the successful 2014 effort to raise Minnesota's minimum wage. Flanagan was elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives unopposed in a special election on November 3, 2015, was sworn-in on November 9, 2015. Susan Allen and Republican Steve Green were the only other Natives in the Minnesota State House at that time. Three other Native women sought election to the Minnesota state legislature in November 2016: Mary Kelly Kunesh-Podein and Jamie Becker-Finn ran for state representative seats and Chilah Brown ran for the Minnesota Senate. Kunesh-Podein and Beck-Finn were elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives and assumed office in January 2017. In 2017, Allen, Kunesh-Podein and Beck-Finn formed the Minnesota House Native American Caucus to represent issues of both urban and rural Native Americans and their other constituents in the legislature. Flanagan was invited to address the 2016 Democratic National Convention, speaking from the podium on July 28, 2016.
She was the first Native American woman. In 2017, she became a candidate for lieutenant governor, joining Congressman Tim Walz as their ticket won the DFL primary in the 2018 Minnesota gubernatorial election, they won the general election, thus she become the first racial minority woman elected to statewide office in Minnesota as well as the second Native American woman elected to statewide executive office in the United States. Flanagan was given a leading part in setting up the Walz administration. Flanagan has one daughter with her former husband, whom she divorced in 2017. Flanagan resides in Minnesota. On January 12, 2018, Flanagan revealed on her personal Facebook page that she was in a relationship with the Minnesota Public Radio News host Tom Weber. Peggy Flanagan at Minnesota Legislators Past & Present Rep. Peggy Flanagan, Official Minnesota House of Representatives website Peggy Flanagan, official campaign website