Mary Jo McGuire

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Mary Jo McGuire
Mary Jo McGuire 2012.jpg
McGuire in 2012
Member of the Minnesota Senate
from the 66th district
In office
April 18, 2011 – January 7, 2013
Preceded by Ellen Anderson
Succeeded by district redrawn
Member of the Minnesota House of Representatives
from the 63A and 54A district
In office
January 3, 1989 – January 6, 2003
Preceded by John Rose
Succeeded by Alice Hausman
Personal details
Born (1956-07-29) July 29, 1956 (age 60)
Political party Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party
Residence Falcon Heights, Minnesota
Alma mater College of St. Catherine
John F. Kennedy School of Government
Hamline University School of Law
Profession attorney, educator, legislator

Mary Jo McGuire (born July 29, 1956) is a Minnesota politician and former member of the Minnesota Senate who represented District 66, which included portions of Ramsey County in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. She previously served in the Minnesota House of Representatives from 1989 to 2003, representing District 54A. Prior to the 1992 legislative redistricting, the area was known as District 63A.[1]

Professional background[edit]

A Democrat, McGuire is an attorney and an adjunct professor in the Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership and Political Science departments at St. Catherine University in Saint Paul, and the state director for Project Citizen, a part of the Learning Law and Democracy Foundation. She is also the co-founder and CEO of Great Women's Gear, an online resource for outdoor enthusiasts.[1][2][3]

Service in the Minnesota House[edit]

McGuire was first elected to the House in 1988, winning a seat that became vacant after the death of Rep. John Rose on July 19, 1988. She was an assistant majority leader during the 1993–1994 Biennium, and was chair of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Data Practices from 1993–1999.[1][4]

During her time in office, McGuire served on the House's Appropriations, Crime Prevention, Education, Environment and Natural Resources, Environment and Natural Resources Finance, Ethics, Family and Early Childhood Education Finance, Governmental Operations, Housing, Judiciary, Judiciary Finance, Labor-Management Relations, Local Government and Metropolitan Affairs, and Rules and Legislative Administration committees. She was also a member of various subcommittees relevant to each committee.[1]

2011 state senate campaign[edit]

On March 14, 2011, McGuire announced her candidacy for the open Senate District 66 seat. The vacancy arose after Senator Ellen Anderson resigned to accept appointment by Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton as chair of the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission. A DFL Primary was held on March 29, 2011, with McGuire challenging District 66A Rep. John Lesch and attorney Steven Marchese. Prior to the primary election, she received the endorsement of District 66B Rep. Alice Hausman, with whom she had previously served in the House.[5] She subsequently won the primary, garnering 54.07% to Lesch's 36.39% and Marchese's 9.54%.[6] She won the April 12, 2011, special election, garnering 80.25% to GOP challenger Greg Copeland's 19.59%[7][8][9] She was sworn in on April 18, 2011.[10]

Service in the Minnesota Senate[edit]

McGuire served on the Senate's Energy, Utilities and Telecommunications Committee and the Local Government and Elections Committee.[11]

Education and early career[edit]

A lifelong resident of Falcon Heights, McGuire graduated from Alexander Ramsey High School in Roseville, then went on to the College of St. Catherine, receiving her B.A. in Business Administration. She went on to the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, receiving her M.P.A.. She earned her J.D. from Hamline University School of Law in Saint Paul. After graduating, she served as a criminal investigator with the Saint Paul City Attorney's Office, and was the director of the Neighborhood Mediation Project.[1][3]


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