Michael Paymar

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Michael Paymar
Member of the Minnesota House of Representatives
from the 64B district
In office
January 7, 1997 – January 5, 2015
Preceded by Howard Orenstein
Succeeded by Dave Pinto
Personal details
Born (1953-12-27) December 27, 1953 (age 64)
Duluth, Minnesota
Political party Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party
Domestic partner Laura Goodman
Children 2
Residence Saint Paul, Minnesota
Alma mater The College of St. Scholastica (B.A.)
Hamline University (M.A.)
Occupation resource specialist, legislator

Michael Paymar (born December 27, 1953) is a Minnesota politician and former member of the Minnesota House of Representatives. A member of the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party (DFL), he represented District 64B, which includes portions of the city of Saint Paul in Ramsey County, which is part of the Twin Cities metropolitan area. He is also a resource specialist for the Battered Women's Justice Project.[1]

Early life, education, and career[edit]

Paymar graduated from East High School in Duluth, then went on to the College of St. Scholastica, also in Duluth, graduating with a B.A. in education and history. He later attended Hamline University in Saint Paul, earning his M.P.A. He served on the Duluth City Council from 1980 to 1988, and was council president in 1984. Later, after moving to Saint Paul, he served on the Saint Paul Charter Commission before being elected to the Legislature.[1][2]

Minnesota House of Representatives[edit]

Paymar was first elected in 1996 and was reelected every two years thereafter until announcing on November 20, 2013, that he would not seek reelection in 2014.[3] He was a member of the Committee on Law and Justice for the National Conference of State Legislatures and of the Public Safety and Justice Task Force for the Council of State Governments.


  1. ^ a b "Minnesota Legislators Past & Present - Legislator Record - Paymar, Michael". Leg.state.mn.us. Retrieved 2010-07-20. 
  2. ^ "Project Vote Smart - Representative Michael 'Mike' Paymar - Biography". Votesmart.org. 1953-12-27. Retrieved 2010-07-20. 
  3. ^ Grow, Doug (November 20, 2013). "Rep. Michael Paymar, top gun-control advocate, won't run again but will continue the fight". MinnPost. Retrieved November 20, 2013. 

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