Michael Paymar

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Michael Paymar
Member of the Minnesota House of Representatives
from the 64B district
Assumed office
January 7, 1997
Preceded by Howard Orenstein
Personal details
Born (1953-12-27) December 27, 1953 (age 60)
Duluth, Minnesota
Political party Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party
Domestic partner Laura Goodman
Children 2
Residence Saint Paul, Minnesota
Alma mater The College of St. Scholastica (B.A.)
Hamline University (M.A.)
Occupation resource specialist, legislator
Religion Jewish

Michael Paymar (born December 27, 1953) is a Minnesota politician and member of the Minnesota House of Representatives. A member of the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party (DFL), he represents District 64B, which includes portions of the city of Saint Paul in Ramsey County, which is part of the Twin Cities metropolitan area. He is also a resource specialist for the Battered Women's Justice Project.[1]

Early life, education, and career[edit]

Paymar graduated from East High School in Duluth, then went on to the College of St. Scholastica, also in Duluth, graduating with a B.A. in education and history. He later attended Hamline University in Saint Paul, earning his M.P.A. He served on the Duluth City Council from 1980 to 1988, and was council president in 1984. Later, after moving to Saint Paul, he served on the Saint Paul Charter Commission before being elected to the Legislature.[1][2]

Minnesota House of Representatives[edit]

Paymar was first elected in 1996 and has been reelected every two years since. He announced on November 20, 2013, that he is not seeking reelection in 2014.[3]

Paymar was a member of the Committee on Law and Justice for the National Conference of State Legislatures and of the Public Safety and Justice Task Force for the Council of State Governments.


  1. ^ a b "Minnesota Legislators Past & Present - Legislator Record - Paymar, Michael". Leg.state.mn.us. Retrieved 2010-07-20. 
  2. ^ "Project Vote Smart - Representative Michael 'Mike' Paymar - Biography". Votesmart.org. 1953-12-27. Retrieved 2010-07-20. 
  3. ^ Grow, Doug (November 20, 2013). "Rep. Michael Paymar, top gun-control advocate, won’t run again but will continue the fight". MinnPost. Retrieved November 20, 2013. 

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