Michelle Fischbach

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Michelle Fischbach
President of the Minnesota Senate
Assumed office
January 3, 2017
Preceded by Sandy Pappas
In office
January 4, 2011 – January 7, 2013
Preceded by Jim Metzen
Succeeded by Sandy Pappas
Member of the Minnesota Senate
from the 13th district
14th (1996–2013)
Assumed office
February 12, 1996
Preceded by Joe Bertram
Personal details
Born (1965-11-03) November 3, 1965 (age 51)
Political party Republican Party of Minnesota
Spouse(s) Scott
Children 2
Residence Paynesville, Minnesota
Alma mater William Mitchell College of Law
College of St. Benedict
St. Cloud State University

Michelle L. Fischbach (born November 3, 1965) is a Minnesota politician and the president of the Minnesota Senate. A member of the Republican Party of Minnesota, she represents District 13, which includes portions of Benton and Stearns counties.

Early life, education, and career[edit]

Fischbach attended Woodbury High School in Woodbury, then attended college at the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph from 1984 to 1986 and, later, at St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, where she received a B.A. in political science and economics in 1989. She served on the Paynesville City Council from 1995 to 1996.

Minnesota Senate[edit]

Fischbach was first elected to the Senate in a 1996 special election held after the resignation of Senator Joe Bertram. She was re-elected in the Fall 1996 general election and, again, in 2000, 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2012.[1] She was an assistant minority leader from 2001 to 2002 and from 2007 to 2008, and deputy minority leader from 2009 to 2010. She served as President of the Minnesota Senate from January 2011 through 2013, and was the first woman to do so.[2][3] After the Republicans regained a majority following the 2016 election, Fischbach was again elected to be president in 2017.

Personal life[edit]

Fischbach is married to Scott Fischbach, who is executive director of Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life.[4] She and her husband live in Paynesville and are the parents of two children.[5]


  1. ^ Sommerhauser, Mark (November 7, 2012). "Fischbach re-elected to 7th term in Senate 13". St. Cloud Times. Archived from the original on December 3, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Minnesota Legislators Past & Present - Legislator Record - Fischbach, Michelle L". Leg.state.mn.us. Retrieved September 14, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Michael Brodkorb, State GOP Deputy Chair". Twitter.com. November 5, 2010. Retrieved September 14, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Scott Fischbach to head MCCL". Paynesvillearea.com. June 13, 2001. Retrieved September 14, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Project Vote Smart - Senator Michelle L. Fischbach - Biography". Votesmart.org. Retrieved September 14, 2011. 

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Minnesota Senate
Preceded by
Joe Bertram
Senator from the 13th district
14th (1996–2013)

Preceded by
Jim Metzen
President of the Minnesota Senate
Succeeded by
Sandy Pappas
Preceded by
Sandy Pappas
President of the Minnesota Senate