Debra Hilstrom

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Debra Hilstrom
Member of the Minnesota House of Representatives
from the 40B district
47B (2001–2003), 46B (2003–2013)
Assumed office
January 3, 2001
Preceded by Phil Carruthers
Personal details
Born (1968-06-21) June 21, 1968 (age 48)
Brooklyn Center, Minnesota
Political party Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party
Spouse(s) Joel
Children 2
Residence Brooklyn Center, Minnesota
Alma mater University of Minnesota (B.A.)
William Mitchell College of Law (J.D)
Occupation Lawyer
Religion Lutheran

Debra J. Hilstrom (born June 21, 1968) is a Minnesota politician and member of the Minnesota House of Representatives. A member of the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party (DFL), she represents District 40B, which includes portions of the city of Brooklyn Center in Hennepin County in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. She is a candidate in the 2014 Minnesota Secretary of State election.

Early life, education, and career[edit]

Hilstrom graduated from Park Center Senior High School in Brooklyn Park, then went on to the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, earning her B.A. in sociology in 1990. She graduated from the William Mitchell College of Law in Saint Paul in 2010, earning a J.D.[1] She served on the Brooklyn Center Planning Commission and was an advocate for the Brooklyn Center Domestic Abuse Intervention Program. She was a member of the Brooklyn Center City Council from 1995–2000.[2]

Minnesota House of Representatives[edit]

Hilstrom was first elected in 2000, and has been re-elected every two years since then. She was chair of the Local Government and Metropolitan Affairs Committee during the 2007–2008 biennium, and served as an assistant minority leader during the 2003–2004 biennium.[3] She served as Deputy Minority Leader during the 2011–2012 legislative session.[4]

2014 Minnesota Secretary of State campaign[edit]

Hilstrom announced on June 21, 2013 her candidacy for the 2014 Minnesota Secretary of State election.[5]


  1. ^ "About Debra". Debra Hilstrom Volunteer Committee. Retrieved March 26, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Project Vote Smart - Representative Debra Hilstrom - Biography". Retrieved July 20, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Hilstrom, Debra". Legislators Past & Present. Minnesota Legislative Reference Library. Retrieved March 26, 2013. 
  4. ^ Bierschbach, Briana (November 16, 2010). "Thissen names House DFL leadership team". Politics in Minnesota. 
  5. ^ Kimball, Joe (June 21, 2013). "State Rep. Debra Hilstrom will seek DFL endorsement for secretary of state". MinnPost. Retrieved June 24, 2013. 

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