David Bly

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David Bly
David Bly.jpg
Member of the Minnesota House of Representatives
from the 20B district
25B (2007–2011)
In office
January 8, 2013 – January 7, 2019
Preceded byredrawn district
Succeeded byTodd Lippert
In office
January 3, 2007 – January 3, 2011
Preceded byRaymond Cox
Succeeded byKelby Woodard
Personal details
Born (1952-01-08) January 8, 1952 (age 67)
Dubuque, Iowa
Political partyMinnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party
Alma materMinneapolis Technical College
Oxford University
St. Olaf College
Minnesota State University, Mankato
St. Mary's University

David Bly (born January 8, 1952 in Dubuque, Iowa) is an American politician and former member of the Minnesota House of Representatives. A member of the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party (DFL), he represented District 20B, which included portions of Le Sueur and Rice counties in the southeastern part of the state.[1] He is also a retired teacher.

Early career[edit]

Bly is a retired Language Arts and Special Education teacher, having taught in Milan, MN, Faribault Public Schools and at the Northfield Alternative Learning Center and is a longtime resident of Northfield.[1]

He is the author of a booklet called "The Middle Class Amendment" (2008) which advocates for investment in the building blocks of a middle class economy.[2] In 2016, he published "We All Do Better: Economic Priorities for a land of opportunity" available at Itaska books. [3]

Minnesota House of Representatives[edit]

Bly was first elected in 2006, and was re-elected in 2008.[1] He was unseated by Kelby Woodard in the 2010 election, losing by 37 votes after a recount.[4] He ran for the House again in a new, redrawn seat and was elected in 2012. He was re-elected again in 2014, winning by a margin of 16%.[5]

During his first two terms, Bly was a member of the House Finance subcommittees for the Early Childhood Finance and Policy Division, the Energy Finance and Policy Division, the Higher Education and Workforce Development Finance and Policy Division, and the Housing Finance and Policy and Public Health Finance Division.[6]

Bly's policy interests include creating a fair economy, environmental protection, expanding access to healthcare, and supporting individualized education and applied learning. He has received multiple endorsements from environmental advocacy groups.[7]


  1. ^ a b c "Minnesota Legislators Past & Present - Legislator Record - Bly, David". Leg.state.mn.us. Retrieved 2010-07-20.
  2. ^ "Middle Class Amendment". Middle Class Amendment. Retrieved 2010-07-20.
  3. ^ "We All Do Better". Levins Publishing. Retrieved 2016-02-20.
  4. ^ Shaw, Charley. "Republicans officially win District 25B after recount". Politics in Minnesota. Retrieved 2014-08-18.
  5. ^ Krein, Kevin. "Bly wins re-election in Minnesota House 20B race". Southernminn.com. Retrieved 21 December 2014.
  6. ^ "David Bly (DFL) 25B - Minnesota House of Representatives". House.leg.state.mn.us. Retrieved 2010-07-20.
  7. ^ "Environmental Endorsements". Retrieved 20 August 2013.

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