|Member of the Minnesota Senate
from the 41st district
January 4, 2011
|Preceded by||Satveer Chaudhary|
|Member of the Minnesota House of Representatives
from the 50A district
January 3, 2001 – January 2, 2007
|Preceded by||Satveer Chaudhary|
|Succeeded by||Carolyn Laine|
January 25, 1949 |
|Political party||Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party|
|Spouse(s)||David (m. 1970)|
|Residence||Columbia Heights, Minnesota|
|Alma mater||North Hennepin Community College
Barbara J. "Barb" Goodwin (born January 25, 1949) is a Minnesota politician and member of the Minnesota Senate. A member of the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party (DFL), she represents District 41, which includes portions of Anoka, Hennepin, and Ramsey counties in the northern Twin Cities metropolitan area.
Early life, education, and career
Goodwin attended North Hennepin Community College in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, then went on to Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota, receiving her B.A. with numerous honors in Sociology and Political Science.
Goodwin served on the Columbia Heights School Board from November 2009 until becoming a member of the Senate, and has also served as an adjunct professor at the Hamline University Graduate School of Business in Saint Paul from 2008 until 2010, teaching legislative practice and government contracting.
On June 1, 2010, Goodwin filed as a DFL candidate for the Minnesota Senate representing District 50. The district includes the cities of Arden Hills, Columbia Heights, Fridley, Hilltop, New Brighton, Shoreview and St. Anthony and is divided between Anoka and Ramsey Counties. On June 28, 2010, the district committee voted to revoke the endorsement from embattled incumbent Senator Satveer Chaudhary and grant it to her. She defeated Chaudhary in the August 10, 2010, DFL Primary, garnering 70% of the vote to Chaudhary's 30%. She subsequently won the November 2, 2010, General Election, garnering 52% to Republican Gina Bauman's 41% and Independent Rae Hart Anderson's 6%.
Goodwin was re-elected to District 41 in 2012, receiving 62.82% of the vote and defeating Republican candidate Gina Bauman.
Goodwin previously served as a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives from 2001 to 2007. While in the House, she specialized in state budget issues, consumer protections, homeowner construction and repair protections, jobs, education, health care and business and labor issues. She also supported expanded transit options.
Her special legislative concerns include jobs, budget, consumers, and health care. Goodwin encountered controversy when she was quoted in the Minneapolis Star Tribune as saying that although she supports gay marriage, she is uncomfortable about moving so quickly to legalize it in Minnesota.
Goodwin has lived in Columbia Heights since 1991. She was born in NE Mpls. She has 2 adult married children, son, Anthony David Goodwin and spouse, Katie Lucas, Daughter Heather Jo Bronder and spouse Jacob Bronder and grandchild Liam David. She is in a relationship with Bill Heaney originally from Duluth.
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- "About Barb". Goodwin Volunteer Committee. Retrieved February 24, 2013.
- "Chaudhary lands a DFL challenger". StarTribune.com. June 1, 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-20.
- Steller, Chris (November 7, 2012). "Precinct Results in Legislative Races Representing Fridley". Fridley Patch.