Annette Meeks

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Annette Meeks
Minnesota Metropolitan Council
Member for the 7th District
Assumed office
Governor Tim Pawlenty
Personal details
Born (1960-04-12) April 12, 1960 (age 56)
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) John E. "Jack" Meeks
Residence Minneapolis, Minnesota
Alma mater American Campaign Academy
University of Minnesota
Religion Christian

Annette Meeks (born April 12, 1960) is a Minnesota Republican politician and a member of the state's Metropolitan Council. She was the 2010 endorsed Republican candidate for lieutenant governor, running with gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer.


Meeks pursued a degree at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, and also graduated from the American Campaign Academy in Washington, D.C..[1] She served as deputy chief of staff for House Speaker Newt Gingrich during his time in office. She later served as chief executive officer of the Center of the American Experiment, a conservative think tank, and as the vice chair of the Republican Party of Minnesota. She is the founder and CEO of the Freedom Foundation of Minnesota.[2]

Meeks was appointed to Minnesota's Metropolitan Council in 2003 by Governor Tim Pawlenty. She was reappointed to a second four-year term in 2007. She serves as vice chair of the Council’s Community Development and Transportation Committees.[2]

On April 28, 2010, state representative and gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer named Meeks as his running mate. It was noted that she had previously argued that the position of lieutenant governor should be abolished.[3]


  1. ^ "Notice of Appointment: Annette Meeks" (PDF). State of Minnesota. Retrieved 6 March 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Biography of Council Member Annette Meeks, District 13". 2010-06-22. Archived from the original on 25 November 2010. Retrieved 2010-11-04. 
  3. ^ "GOP's Emmer picks Meeks, ironies withstanding". Archived from the original on 3 November 2010. Retrieved 2010-11-04. 

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