Linda Higgins
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Linda Higgins

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American politician

Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Linda Higgins

American politician
Summary
Experience
70
Years of Age
5
Years of Experience
MNResidence (state)

Linda Higgins (born November 11, 1950) is a Minnesota politician who represented the second district of Hennepin County as county commissioner from late 2012 to January 2019. Higgins is a former member of the Minnesota Senate representing District 58, which included portions of the city of Minneapolis in Hennepin County, which is in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. A Democrat, she was first elected to the Senate in 1996, and was re-elected in 2000, 2002, 2006 and 2010. She served as a majority whip from 2001 to 2006. In the fall of 2011, she announced that she would not seek reelection after the current term ended in 2012. However, when Hennepin County District 2 Commissioner Mark Stenglein announced in June 2012 that he would resign, Higgins decided to run for that position. On May 20, 2012, she was endorsed by the DFL party for the position, and won the election in November. In 2014, she ran unopposed and was reelected. She served as the Vice-Chair of the County Board, and Chair of the Housing and Redevelopment Authority. She retired from the county board in January 2019.

Experience

Education

  (1 - 2 of 2)  
Mankato State College
BS English
1972
Iowa Lakes Community College
AA
1970

Past Positions

  (1 - 2 of 7)  
Majority Whip
Minnesota State Senate
2001 - 2006
Senate
Minnesota State Senate
1996
Administrative Analyst II
Minneapolis Regulatory Services Department, Problem Properties Unit
2006 - 2008
Administrative Staff
Minneapolis City Council Member Joe Biernat
1993 - 1996
Self-Employed
Writer/Editor/Proofreader/Desktop Publisher
1986 - 1993
Editor
McGraw-Hill Publications/Control Data Corporation/Modern Medicine Publications
1973 - 1991
Administrative Analyst II
Minneapolis Regulatory Services Department, Business Licensing Division, present

Other Experience

  (1 - 2 of 56)  
Member
National Conference of State Legislatures, Law and Criminal Justice Standing Committee
2007 - Current
Board
Minneapolis Institute of Arts
2002 - 2006
Member
National Conference of State Legislatueres
2002 - 2006
Member
Council of State Government, Executive Committee
2004 - 2005
Member
Council of State Governments, Emerging Trends in Healthcare Committee
2002 - Current
Member
National Conference of State Legislatures, Health Committee
2002 - Current
Member
Saint Anthony Falls Heritage Board
1997 - Current
Volunteer
Political Campaigns
1977 - Current
Board Member
Minneapolis Institute of the Arts
Board Member
Council on Black Minnesotans
Board Member
Greater Lake Country Food Bank
Board Member
Cedar-Riverside People's Center
Chair
Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, District 58 and Executive Committee
Co-Chair
Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party State Convention
Corporate Member
Northside Neighborhood Housing Services
Member
Minnesota Rovers Outing Club
Member
Saint Anthony Falls Heritage Board
Member
Old Highland Neighborhood Association
Member
Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, State Central Committee
Member
Reuben Lindh Capital Campaign
Member
Plymouth Christian Youth Center Capital Campaign
Member
National Organization for Women
Member
Sierra Club
Member
Minneapolis Urban League Capital Campaign
Member
Minneapolis Charter Commission
Member
Minneapolis Capital Long-Range Improvements Committee
Member
Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness
Member
Friends of Democratic-Farmer-Labor Women
Member
Council of State Governments, Executive Committee
Member
Clear Air, Clear Water Unlimited
Neighborhood Host
Minneapolis Home Tours
Volunteer
Toys for Tots
Member
State Senior Advisory Committee on Emergency Management
2008 - Current
Member
Predatory Lending Working Group
2007 - 2008
Chair
Preparedness for Disasters and Terrorism Working Group
2007 - Current
Member
Gang and Drug Oversight Council
2007 - Current
Member
Next Generation 9-1-1 Core Advisory Committee
2007 - Current
Member
Minnesota Asthma Steering Committee
2006 - 2007
Member
Bottineau Boulevard Partnership
2006 - Current
Member
Victory Memorial Drive Task Force
2006 - Current
Member
Early Childhood Caucus
2004 - 2006
Member
Commission on Metropolitan Governance
2003 - 2006
Member
Legislative Commission on Minnesota Resources
2002 - 2006
Member
Council on Black Minnesotans
1997 - 2006
Member
National Caucus of Environmental Legislators
2002 - Current
Member
Predatory Lending Task Force
1999 - 2001
Member
Joint House-Senate Solid Waste Working Group
2000 - 2001
Member
Mortgage Flipping Task Force
1998 - 2000
Chair
Task Force on the Effects of Foreclosure on Local Governments
Former Member
City Charter Commission, City of Minneapolis
Member
Reuse of Historic Ford Building Task Force
Member
Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, State Executive Committee
Member
Mental Health Caucus
Member
Hennepin County Women's Political Caucus
Member
E-Waste Task Force
Member
Voter Registration Card Redesign Task Force