Dan Sparks

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Dan Sparks
Sparks with President Bill Clinton
Member of the Minnesota Senate
from the 27th district
Assumed office
January 7, 2003
Preceded by redrawn district
Personal details
Born (1968-07-05) July 5, 1968 (age 46)
Austin, Minnesota
Political party Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party
Spouse(s) Andrea
Children 4
Residence Austin, Minnesota
Alma mater University of Minnesota
St. Cloud State University
Occupation banker, legislator
Religion Lutheran

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 attended college at the University of Minnesota and at St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud.

Minnesota Senate[edit]

He was first elected to the Senate in 2002, and was re-elected in 2006, 2010 and 2012.[1]

Sparks was selected to chair the Senate Committee on Jobs, Agriculture and Rural Development in November 2012.[2] His special legislative concerns include education funding, lowering prescription drug costs, and economic development.[1]

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.

Personal life[edit]

Sparks is a banker and loan officer by profession. He and his wife, Andrea, live in Austin with their three daughters.[3]


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