Matt Dean

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Matt Dean
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Majority Leader of the Minnesota House of Representatives
In office
January 4, 2011 – January 7, 2013
Preceded by Tony Sertich
Succeeded by Erin Murphy
Member of the Minnesota Senate
from the 39th district
52B (2005–2013)
Assumed office
January 4, 2005
Preceded by Rebecca Otto
Personal details
Born (1966-04-15) April 15, 1966 (age 50)
Ely, Minnesota, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Laura Anne Dean
Alma mater University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Religion Roman Catholicism

Matthew T. "Matt" Dean (born April 15, 1966) is a Minnesota politician. He served as the Majority Leader of the Minnesota House of Representatives from 2011 to 2013. A member of the Republican Party of Minnesota, he represents District 38B, which includes all or portions of Ramsey and Washington counties in the eastern Twin Cities metropolitan area.[1] He is an architect and the owner of Dean Architects in Dellwood.[1][2]

Early life and education[edit]

Born in the northeastern Minnesota city of Ely, Dean was raised in the Twin Cities suburb of Roseville. He graduated from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, earning a Bachelor of Architecture degree.

Minnesota House of Representatives[edit]

Dean was first elected in 2004, and was re-elected in 2006, 2008, 2010, and 2012. He served as the Majority Leader of the Minnesota House of Representatives from 2011 to 2013, having been selected by his caucus for the position on November 6, 2010.[1][3]

Electoral history[edit]

  • 2010 MN State House Seat 52B
    • Matt Dean (R, Incumbent) 60.51%
    • Sten Hakanson (DFL) 39.46%
  • 2008 MN State House Seat 52B
    • Matt Dean (R, Incumbent) 55.6%
    • Kate Christopher (DFL) 44.3%
  • 2006 MN State House Seat 52B
    • Matt Dean (R, incumbent), 51.85%
    • Jason Gonnion (DFL), 48.11%
  • 2004 MN State House Seat 52B
    • Matt Dean (R), 51.59%
    • Rebecca Otto (DFL, incumbent), 48.32%
  • 2003 MN State House Seat 52B (Special Election)

Interaction with Neil Gaiman[edit]

In May 2011, author Neil Gaiman was invited to speak at the Stillwater Library in Minnesota. Gaiman has a fixed policy of charging very high speaking fees for his appearances, believing that such fees will discourage most people from requesting he speak, leaving him more time for writing.[4] The money for Gaiman's speaking fee was taken from a special fund established to bring authors in to speak at local libraries, and Gaiman donated the speaking fee to a charity after the engagement. However, Mr. Dean took issue with the expenditure with the press, stating that Gaiman was an author he hated, and described Gaiman as "pencil-necked little weasel who stole $45,000 from the state of Minnesota." The actual fee was $40,000.[5]

After some press coverage, at the urging of his mother, Dean apologized for being a "name caller".[6][7]

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Minnesota House of Representatives
Preceded by
Rebecca Otto
Member of the Minnesota House of Representatives
from the 38B district
52B (2005–2013)

2005–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Tony Sertich
Majority Leader of the Minnesota House of Representatives
2011–2013
Succeeded by
Erin Murphy