Ellen Anderson

Ellen Anderson DEMDemocrat

American politician

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Ellen AndersonDEMDemocrat American politician
63
Years of Age
19
Years of Experience
MNResidence (state)

Ellen Anderson (born November 25, 1959) is a Minnesota politician, and an advisor to former Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton. Anderson is a former member of the Minnesota Senate who represented District 66, which includes the northern portion of the city of Saint Paul, as well as the entire city of Falcon Heights in Ramsey County, which is in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. A Democrat, she was first elected in 1992, and was re-elected in 1996, 2000, 2002, 2006 and 2010. Anderson was a member of the Senate's Energy, Utilities and Telecommunications, Finance, Higher Education, and Local Government and Elections committees. In December 2008, she was appointed by Senate Majority Leader Larry Pogemiller to the Minnesota Lessard Outdoor Heritage Council.On March 9, 2011, Dayton announced her appointment as chair of the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission. She resigned her Senate seat effective March 20, 2011. A special election was held on April 12, 2011, to fill the vacancy. Anderson was ousted as PUC chair on January 30, 2012, when the Republican-controlled Minnesota Senate voted not to confirm her appointment. Dayton subsequently appointed her to a position as a staff advisor on energy issues.In 1995, Anderson married Andy Dawkins, who served as a state representative from Saint Paul from 1987 to 2003. They divorced in 2018.

Education4 - 4 of 2
University of Minnesota Law School
JD
1986
Carleton College
BA
1982
Past Positions1 - 9 of 9
Senator
Minnesota State Senate
1992 - 2011
Research Director
United States Senator Wellstone’s Campaign
1990
Research Director
Wellstone for Senate Campaign
1990
Faculty
University of Minnesota
2009
Attorney
Minnesota Education Association
1990 - 1992
Trial Attorney
Hennepin County Public Defender's Office
1987 - 1990
Law Clerk
Judge Gary Crippen, Minnesota Court of Appeals
1987 - 1988
Former Clerk
Legal Services and Proyecto Libertad
Former Community Faculty
Metropolitan State University
Other Experience1 - 24 of 24
Board Member
PEOPLE, Incorporated
1998 - Current
Board Member
Minnesota Project Innovation
Board Member
North End/South Como Living at Home/Block Nurse Program
Board Member
Saint Paul Youth Services
Former Board Member
Lifetrack Resources
Former Board Member
Como Lake Strategic Management
Member
National Conference of State Legislatures, Agriculture, Environment and Energy Committee
Member
Mississippi Market Co-operative, present
Member
Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council
Member
Hampden Park Foods Co-operative, present
Member
Council of State Governments’ Midwestern Legislative Conference, Energy Committee
Member
Coalition of Legislators for Energy Action Now
Member
National Conference of State Legislatures, High-Level Radioactive Waste Working Group
Member
University of Minnesota School of Public Health, Center for Violence Prevention and Control
Member
National Conference of State Legislatures, Communications, Financial Services and Interstate Commerce Committee
Co-Chair
Minnesota’s Green Jobs Task Force
2008 - 2009
Member
Female Offender Task Force
1993 - 2000
Member
Midwest Radioactive Waste Committee
1998 - 2000
Community Advisory Board
National Children’s Study, present
Member
Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources
Member
NextGen Energy Board
Member
Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans
Member
Legislative Energy Commission
Member
Legislative Electric Energy Task Force