Margaret Anderson Kelliher
Margaret Anderson Kelliher
|Commissioner of Minnesota Department of Transportation|
|Assumed office |
January 7, 2019
|57th Speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives|
January 3, 2007 – January 4, 2011
|Preceded by||Steve Sviggum|
|Succeeded by||Kurt Zellers|
|Minority Leader of the Minnesota House of Representatives|
June 20, 2006 – January 3, 2007
|Preceded by||Matt Entenza|
|Succeeded by||Marty Seifert|
|Member of the Minnesota House of Representatives|
from the 60A district
January 1999 – January 4, 2011
|Preceded by||Dee Long|
|Succeeded by||Marion Greene|
|Born||March 11, 1968|
Mankato, Minnesota, U.S.
|Education||Gustavus Adolphus College (BA)|
Harvard University (MPA)
Margaret Anderson Kelliher (born March 11, 1968) is an American politician, current Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Transportation, and a former member of the Minnesota House of Representatives. A member of the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party, she represented District 60A, which includes portions of the city of Minneapolis in Hennepin County, located in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. First elected in 1999, she served until 2011, also serving as the Speaker from 2007 to 2011. She is the second woman (after Dee Long) to hold the position of House speaker. She was an unsuccessful candidate for the DFL nomination for Governor of Minnesota in the 2010 gubernatorial election, losing to former Senator Mark Dayton. On June 5, 2018, she registered as a candidate for the DFL nomination to the U.S. House of Representatives in Minnesota's 5th congressional district, going on to lose in the primary.
Anderson Kelliher served as Minority Whip from 2003 to 2006, and in January 2006 became the first Assistant Minority Leader of the Minnesota House. In June 2006, she was selected by her caucus to succeed Rep. Matt Entenza as Minority Leader, assuming the position after the legislative session came to a close. After the Democrats won control of the House in the 2006 election, she was selected by her caucus to be Speaker starting in January 2007. She succeeded Rep. Steve Sviggum in that position. On January 6, 2009, she was re-elected Speaker for the 2009–2010 biennium.
2010 gubernatorial campaign
On September 16, 2009, Anderson Kelliher announced that she would seek the DFL endorsement for governor in 2010. She joined a field that included two other former house minority leaders, Democrat Matt Entenza and Republican Marty Seifert.
On April 24, 2010, Anderson Kelliher was endorsed by the DFL state convention to serve as the party's candidate for governor. Anderson Kelliher won after her closest rival, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, dropped out after the sixth convention ballot. This made her the first woman to earn major-party endorsement for a gubernatorial election in Minnesota.
While Kelliher won the party's endorsement, she still had to win the Democratic primary. On August 10, 2010, Kelliher lost a narrow primary election to former U.S. Senator Mark Dayton, ending her campaign.
During her 2010 primary campaign Kelliher announced several policy and budget initiatives. In July 2010, she proposed that the state of Minnesota should borrow 2 billion dollars over 5 years to stimulate the construction industry in Minnesota; however, she did not support using general fund dollars to build a new Vikings Stadium.
Anderson Kelliher grew up on a dairy farm in rural Blue Earth County, Minnesota. After graduating from Mankato West High School, she received a B.A. in history and political science from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota, and a Master of Public Administration from Harvard University. Anderson Kelliher and her husband, David Kelliher, have two children, Patrick and Frances.
- Politics of Minnesota
- Politics of the United States
- List of female speakers of legislatures in the United States
- Speaker of the House Margaret Anderson Kelliher Minnesota House of Representatives
- Profile: New House Majority Leadership Archived September 27, 2007, at the Wayback Machine Jeff Fecke, Minnesota Monitor, November 15, 2006
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- "Kelliher announces that she's running for governor". Archived from the original on September 23, 2009. Retrieved May 12, 2017.
- "DFL endorses House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher for governor". Archived from the original on April 29, 2010. Retrieved May 12, 2017.
- AP: Dayton Wins DFL Nomination For Governor[permanent dead link]
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- Margaret Anderson Kelliher at Minnesota Legislators Past & Present
- Representative Margaret Anderson Kelliher (DFL) District: 60A official MN House website
- Margaret for Congress official campaign website
- Profile at Vote Smart
- Financial information (state office) at the National Institute for Money in State Politics
- Voting record (2005–2008) at Minnesota Public Radio Votetracker
- Minnesota Legislators Past and Present
|Minnesota House of Representatives|
| Speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives
| Minnesota House Minority Leader
| State Representative from Minnesota District 60A
|Party political offices|
| Endorsed Gubernatorial Candidate,
Minnesota DFL State Convention
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