Ember Reichgott Junge

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Ember Reichgott Junge
Member of the Minnesota Senate
from the 46th district
In office
Succeeded by Ann Rest
Personal details
Born (1953-08-22) August 22, 1953 (age 64)
Political party Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party
Spouse(s) Michael
Residence New Hope, Minnesota
Alma mater St. Olaf College
University of St. Thomas
Duke University School of Law
Occupation attorney, legislator

Ember Reichgott Junge (born August 22, 1953) is an attorney, radio personality, and former state senator from Minnesota, representing New Hope and surrounding communities. A Democrat, she was elected to the Senate at age 29 and served for 18 years. Junge served as majority whip from 1991 to 1994, and as assistant majority leader from 1995 to 2000.[1] She authored the first charter school law in the United States.[2]

In 1998, Junge ran for Minnesota Attorney General in the DFL primary, losing to Mike Hatch, who went on to be elected in November. In 2006, she ran for Congress in the 5th Congressional district. In the contest to replace retiring incumbent Martin Olav Sabo, she placed third in the DFL primary, trailing Keith Ellison, the endorsed candidate, and former Sabo aide Mike Erlandson.[3]

Junge is a frequent analyst on local Twin Cities political/public affairs programs, including KSTP-TV's At Issue with Tom Hauser and Almanac on Twin Cities Public Television.

Junge also pursues activities outside politics; she has appeared on stage at the Lakeshore Players Community Theater in White Bear Lake, Minnesota.

Junge is the Chief Advancement Officer for Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota.[4]


  1. ^ "Minnesota Legislators Past & Present – Legislator Record – Reichgott Junge, Ember D". Leg.state.mn.us. Retrieved 2010-07-20. 
  2. ^ "New Dem of the Week: Ember Reichgott Junge". DLC. 2000-10-16. Retrieved 2010-07-20. 
  3. ^ "MPR: Campaign 2006: U.S. Congress: 5th District: Ember Reichgott Junge". Minnesota.publicradio.org. Retrieved 2010-07-20. 
  4. ^ [1] Archived January 30, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.

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