Barb Goodwin

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Barb Goodwin
Member of the Minnesota Senate
from the 41st district
50th (2011–2013)
In office
January 4, 2011 – January 2, 2017
Preceded by Satveer Chaudhary
Succeeded by Carolyn Laine
Member of the Minnesota House of Representatives
from the 50A district
52A (2001–2003)
In office
January 3, 2001 – January 2, 2007
Preceded by Satveer Chaudhary
Succeeded by Carolyn Laine
Personal details
Born (1949-01-25) January 25, 1949 (age 68)
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Political party Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party
Spouse(s) David (m. 1970)
Children 2
Alma mater North Hennepin Community College
Hamline University
Humphrey Institute

Barbara J. "Barb" Goodwin (born January 25, 1949) is a Minnesota politician and former member of the Minnesota Senate. A member of the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party (DFL), she represented District 41, which included portions of Anoka, Hennepin, and Ramsey counties in the northern Twin Cities metropolitan area.[1]

Early life, education, and career[edit]

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[2] 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.[3]

Minnesota Legislature[edit]

On June 1, 2010, Goodwin filed as a DFL candidate for the Minnesota Senate representing District 50.[4] 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%.[5]

Goodwin was re-elected to District 41 in 2012, receiving 62.82% of the vote and defeating Republican candidate Gina Bauman.[6]

Goodwin previously served as a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives from 2001 to 2007.[1] 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.[7] 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.[8]

Goodwin did not seek re-election in 2016.


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.


  1. ^ a b "Legislator Record - Goodwin, Barbara J. "Barb"". Minnesota Legislators Past & Present. Retrieved 2012-12-08. 
  2. ^ "Columbia Heights - MN - School Board". June 28, 2010. Archived from the original on September 25, 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-20. 
  3. ^ "About Barb". Goodwin Volunteer Committee. Archived from the original on April 7, 2013. Retrieved February 24, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Chaudhary lands a DFL challenger". June 1, 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-20. [permanent dead link]
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  6. ^ Steller, Chris (November 7, 2012). "Precinct Results in Legislative Races Representing Fridley". Fridley Patch. 
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