|Sparks with President Bill Clinton|
|Member of the Minnesota Senate
from the 27th district
January 7, 2003
|Preceded by||redrawn district|
July 5, 1968 |
|Political party||Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party|
|Alma mater||University of Minnesota
St. Cloud State University
Daniel D. "Dan" Sparks (born July 5, 1968) is a Minnesota politician and member of the Minnesota Senate. A member of the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party (DFL), he represents District 27, which includes all or portions of Dodge, Faribault, Freeborn, Mower, and Steele counties in the southeastern part of the state.
He was first elected to the Senate in 2002, and was re-elected in 2006, 2010 and 2012.
Sparks was selected to chair the Senate Committee on Jobs, Agriculture and Rural Development in November 2012. His special legislative concerns include education funding, lowering prescription drug costs, and economic development.
On May 13, 2013, Sparks was one of only three DFL senators to vote against a same-sex marriage bill that was signed into law by Gov. Mark Dayton.
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- "Sen. Dan Sparks New Leadership Role". KAAL. November 16, 2012.
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- Dan Sparks at Minnesota Legislators Past & Present
- Senator Dan Sparks official Minnesota Senate website
- Minnesota Public Radio Votetracker: Senator Dan Sparks
- Project Vote Smart - Senator Dan Sparks Profile