Ann Wynia

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Ann Wynia
Minnesota State Representative from District 62A
In office
Minnesota State Representative from District 63B
In office
Succeeded by Alice Hausman
Personal details
Born 29 September 1943
Fort Worth, Texas
Political party Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party
Alma mater University of Texas at Arlington
Profession Educator, administrator (retired)

Ann Wynia (née Jobe, born 29 September 1943) is an American politician who served in the Minnesota House of Representatives from 1977-1989. A member of the Democratic Farmer-Labor Party, Wynia represented portions of the city of St. Paul and served as Majority Leader from 1987-1989. In 1989 Governor Rudy Perpich appointed her Commissioner of Minnesota's Department of Human Services until 1990.[1] She was the Democratic Party's nominee for United States Senate in the 1994 election. After a defeat by U.S. Congressman Rod Grams, Wynia served as the President of North Hennepin Community College in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota from 1997 until her retirement in 2010.[2]


Early life and education[edit]

Wynia was born in Fort Worth, Texas and attended Arlington High School. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Government from the University of Texas at Arlington, and her Master of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin in 1968.[2]

Career outside of politics[edit]

Prior to entering public office, Wynia was a full-time lecturer at North Hennepin Community College from 1970-1977.[3] She served as a regent of the University of Minnesota and founded the Block Nurse Program,[4] which provides in-home care for senior citizens (now merged with the Elderberry Institute).[5] She also served on the board of the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, the Bush Foundation and Health Partners. She was president of North Hennepin Community College until July 2010.[6][7] John O'Brien, a former administrator at Century College, is the current president.[8][9]

Political career[edit]

Wynia represented Minnesota's 62A House district from 1977–1982 and the redistricted 63B House district from 1983–1989. She was the majority leader from 1987 to 1989.[2] She subsequently became commissioner of Minnesota's Department of Human Services,[10] and was the Democratic Party's nominee for the 1994 U.S. Senate election.[11][4]

Awards and distinctions[edit]

  • 1995 - Distinguished Alumna, University of Texas at Arlington[4]


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  2. ^ a b c "Wynia, Ann". Minnesota Legislative Reference Library. Retrieved 27 February 2010. 
  3. ^ "Ann Wynia recommended for president of North Hennepin Community College; Chancellor Morris Anderson to present name to Board of Trustees". Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. October 21, 1997. Archived from the original on 27 May 2010. Retrieved 13 April 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c "Distinguished Alumni". College of Liberal Arts, UTA. Retrieved 27 February 2010. 
  5. ^ "Who we are". Retrieved 27 February 2010. 
  6. ^ "NHCC president Ann Wynia to retire". Brooklyn Center Business Association. Retrieved 13 April 2010. 
  7. ^ Adams, Jim (October 7, 2009). "Wynia to retire from helm of North Hennepin in July". Star Tribune. Retrieved 13 April 2010. 
  8. ^ "President's Office - Dr. John O'Brien". North Hennepin Community College. Retrieved 6 August 2010. 
  9. ^ "O’brien appointed president of north hennepin community college". Minnesota State University. March 17, 2010. Retrieved 13 April 2010. 
  10. ^ "Ann Wynia". HealthPartners. Retrieved 13 January 2011. 
  11. ^ McGrath, Dennis J. (22 August 1994). "Ann Wynia: DFL U.S. Senate candidate". Star Tribune. Retrieved 27 February 2010. 
Party political offices
Preceded by
Hubert H. Humphrey III
Endorsed Candidate for United States Senator from Minnesota (Class 1)
Minnesota DFL State Convention

Succeeded by
Jerry Janezich
DFL nominee for United States Senator from Minnesota (Class 1)
Succeeded by
Mark Dayton