Jeanne Poppe

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Jeanne Poppe
Member of the Minnesota House of Representatives
from the 27B district
Assumed office
January 4, 2005
Preceded by Jeff Anderson
Personal details
Born (1957-07-06) July 6, 1957 (age 57)
Houston, Minnesota
Political party Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party
Spouse(s) Robert Vilt
Children 3
Residence Austin, Minnesota
Alma mater University of Wisconsin-River Falls
Winona State University
Profession educator, counselor, legislator
Religion Lutheran

Jeanne E. Poppe (born July 6, 1957) is a Minnesota politician and member of the Minnesota House of Representatives. A member of the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party (DFL), she represents District 27B, which includes all or portions of Dodge, Freeborn, and Mower counties in the southeastern part of the state. She is also an educator and counselor at Riverland Community College, with campuses in Albert Lea, Austin and Owatonna.[1]

Early life, education, and career[edit]

Poppe was born in Houston, Minnesota and attended Houston High School. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin in River Falls, receiving her B.A. in Sociology and Criminal Justice in 1980. She earned her M.S. in Counseling from Winona State University in Winona in 1984.[2]

She has been a college counselor at Riverland Community College since 1999, also serving as president of the Minnesota State College Faculty Counselors Association from 2002-2004. Prior to her work as a counselor, she was the college's director of admissions from 1995–1999, and the women's center director from 1993-1995. She was a workforce career counselor for the Private Industry Council from 1989–1993, and a senior citizens' paralegal for Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services from 1984-1989.[3][4]

Active in her local community through the years, Poppe served on the Austin City Council from 1995 to 2002, and was secretary of the Austin Human Rights Commission from 2002 to 2004. She has been a trustee of the Austin Area Foundation since 2003, and a member of the Austin Area League of Women Voters since 1987.[4]

Minnesota House of Representatives[edit]

Poppe was first elected in 2004, and was re-elected in 2006, 2008, 2010, and 2012.

Personal life[edit]

Poppe resides in Austin, Minnesota, and is married to Bob Vilt. They have three children, Lydia, Casey and Skyler.


  1. ^ "Minnesota Legislators Past & Present - Legislator Record - Poppe, Jeanne E". Retrieved 2010-07-20. 
  2. ^ "Rep. Jeanne Poppe". Minnesota Public Radio. Retrieved October 8, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Jeanne Poppe for MN House of Representatives 27B » About Jeanne Poppe". 1957-07-06. Retrieved 2010-07-20. 
  4. ^ a b "Project Vote Smart - Representative Jeanne E. Poppe - Biography". Retrieved 2010-07-20. 

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