John Ward (Minnesota politician)

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John Ward
John Ward.jpg
Member of the Minnesota House of Representatives
from the 10A district
12A (2007–2013)
In office
January 3, 2007 – January 5, 2015
Preceded by Paul Gazelka
Succeeded by Josh Heintzeman
Personal details
Born (1950-08-02) August 2, 1950 (age 66)
Duluth, Minnesota
Political party Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party
Spouse(s) Sally Gfrerer
Children 4
Alma mater University of Minnesota Duluth
University of Wisconsin-Superior
Occupation educator, insurance agent

John Ward (born August 2, 1950) is a Minnesota politician and former member of the Minnesota House of Representatives. A member of the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party, he represented District 10A, which included portions of Crow Wing County in the north central part of the state. He is also a retired teacher and coach.[1]

Early life, education, and career[edit]

Ward graduated from Proctor High School in Proctor, then went on to the University of Minnesota in Duluth, receiving his B.S. in Physical Education and Health, and also certification in coaching and driver's education, in 1973. He later returned to U.M.D., earning his M.A. in Learning Disabilities in 1982. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin in Superior in 1984, earning his E.B.D. teaching certificate in Emotional Behavior Disorders.[1][2]

Ward worked as an adult basic education instructor at Northeast Regional Corrections Center from 1974–1979, as director of alternative education for Independent School District 704 in Proctor from 1979–1987, and as an emotional behavior disorder instructor for the Brainerd School System from 1987–2006. He has also been a property and casualty insurance agent for EPIC Insurance since 1995. He was a member of the Proctor City Council from 1982–1984, and served as Proctor's mayor from 1984–1987.[2]

Minnesota House of Representatives[edit]


Ward was first elected in 2006, and was re-elected in 2008, 2010, 2012. Ward lost re-election in 2014 to Josh Heintzeman.

2014 Minnesota State Representative- House 10A[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
DFL John Ward 7,538 46.54
Republican Josh Heintzeman 8,646 53.37


  1. ^ a b "Minnesota Legislators Past & Present - Legislator Record - Ward, John". Retrieved 2010-07-20. 
  2. ^ a b "Project Vote Smart - Representative John Ward - Biography". Retrieved 2010-07-20. 
  3. ^ "Results for State Representative District 10A". Minnesota Secretary of State. Retrieved January 12, 2015. 

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