|45th Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota|
January 4, 1999 – January 6, 2003
|Preceded by||Joanne Benson|
|Succeeded by||Carol Molnau|
May 21, 1934 |
Mae A. Schunk (née Gasparac) (born May 21, 1934, Greenwood, Wisconsin) served as the 45th Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota from 1999 to 2003. Elected on the same ticket as Jesse Ventura in 1998, she became the first Reform Party member elected as lieutenant governor of any state (The party later changed its name to the Independence Party of Minnesota).
Prior to her tenure as lieutenant governor, she was a teacher for 37 years. In his memoir, Ventura mentioned that he chose her to "balance out all the testosterone." During her term in office, she visited schools throughout the state and frequently read to students as part of her efforts to encourage literacy and appreciation for reading among young people.
In the 2000 presidential campaign, as polls showed Texas Governor George W. Bush and U.S. Vice President Al Gore tied in Minnesota within 2 weeks of Election Day, Schunk endorsed Gore at a rally held on Nicollet Avenue in downtown Minneapolis while Ventura committed himself to a third-party candidate, John Hagelin.
In an interview with CNN, Ventura commented that Schunk had asked him before making the endorsement, and he consented to her decision.
Born to Croatian parents, Schunk lives with her husband of 42 years, William Schunk in Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota; they have a son, Benjamin Schunk. Schunk was educated at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
- 1998 Race for Governor/Lieutenant Governor
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