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Melissa HortmanDEMDemocrat State Representative, District 36b
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Melissa Hortman (born May 27, 1970) is an American politician and the Speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives. A member of the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party (DFL), she represents District 36B, which includes portions of Anoka and Hennepin counties in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. Prior to the 2018 elections, she served as Minority Leader of the Minnesota House of Representatives.

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Education6 - 6 of 4
Boston University
John F. Kennedy School of Government
Boston University College of Arts and Sciences
University of Minnesota Law School
Past Positions1 - 27 of 27
Representative
Minnesota State House of Representatives
2023 - Current
Representative
Minnesota State House of Representatives
2012 - 2023
Speaker of the House
Minnesota State House of Representatives
2019 - 2023
Assistant Hennepin County Attorney
Hennepin County Attorney's Office
2013 - 2019
Minority Leader
Minnesota State House of Representatives
2017 - 2018
Deputy Minority Leader
Minnesota State House of Representatives
2015 - 2016
Representative
Minnesota State House of Representatives
2004 - 2012
Former Assistant Majority Leader
Minnesota State House of Representatives
Former Minority Whip
Minnesota House of Representatives
Former Speaker Pro Tempore
Minnesota State House of Representatives
Vice President
John's Auto Parts
2003 - 2013
Member
Minneapolis 2020 Olympic Exploratory Committee
2005 - 2006
Attorney
Rider Bennett, Egan and Arundel
2000 - 2002
Owner
Melissa A. Hortman, Attorney at Law, Practicing Attorney
1997 - 2000
Attorney
Central Minnesota Legal Services
1996 - 1997
Law Clerk
Judge John Sommerville, Hennepin County
1996
Volunteer Attorney
Housing Discrimination Law Project
1995
Law Clerk
Barna, Guzy & Steffen
1993 - 1994
Legislative Correspondent
United States Senator John Kerry
1991 - 1992
Staff Assistant
Ewald Consulting
1992
Legislative Intern
United States Senator Al Gore
1991
Caterer
Seasoned to Taste
1988 - 1990
Parts Runner
Minneapolis Auto Parts
1990
Resident Assistant
Boston University
1989 - 1990
Caterer
Quail Catering
1989
Sales Associate
Donaldson's
1987
Cashier
Zantigo
1986
Other Experience1 - 11 of 11
Vice President and Minnesota Commissioner
Uniform Law Commission
2011 - Current
Board Member
Free to Be, Incorporated
2003 - Current
Board Member
Business Democrats
2002 - Current
Leader
Girl Scouts
2002 - Current
Sunday School Teacher
Saint Timothy Catholic Church
2000 - 2002
Member
Anoka-Hennepin School District 11 Parent Legislative Team
Board Member
Minnesota Women's Political Caucus
2002 - 2003
Member
Citizens Long Range Improvement Committee, City of Brooklyn Park
2002 - Current
Member
Human Relations Commission, City of Brooklyn Park
1998 - 2000
Former Member
Job Growth and Energy Affordability Policy and Finance Committee, Minnesota State House of Representatives
Former Ranking Minority Member
Rules and Legislative Administration Committee, Minnesota State House of Representatives