Ryan Winkler

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Ryan Winkler
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Winkler in 2017
Member of the Minnesota House of Representatives
from the 46A district
44B (2007–2013)
In office
January 3, 2007 – July 1, 2015
Preceded by Ron Latz
Succeeded by Peggy Flanagan
Personal details
Born (1975-12-30) December 30, 1975 (age 42)
Bemidji, Minnesota
Political party Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party
Spouse(s) Jenny
Children 3
Residence Golden Valley, Minnesota
Alma mater Harvard College
University of Minnesota Law School
Profession attorney, legislator

Ryan Patrick Winkler (born December 30, 1975) is Minnesota politician and former member of the Minnesota House of Representatives. A member of the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party (DFL), he represented District 46A, which includes portions of the cities of Golden Valley, Plymouth, and St. Louis Park in Hennepin County.[1]

In February 2018, Winkler announced his intentions to run for the legislative office he previously held in District 46A.[2]


Education[edit]

Winkler graduated with a B.A. in history from Harvard University in 1998 and J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2001.[1]

Minnesota House of Representatives[edit]

He was first elected in 2006, and was re-elected in 2008, 2010, 2012, and 2014.

Elections[edit]

2014 Minnesota State Representative- House 46A[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
DFL Ryan Winkler 10666 66.17
Republican Timothy O. Manthey 5425 33.66
2012 Minnesota State Representative- House 46A[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
DFL Ryan Winkler 15249 65.89
Republican John Swanson 7860 33.96
2010 Minnesota State Representative- House 44B[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
DFL Ryan Winkler 10605 64.64
Republican Rick Rice 5788 35.28
2008 Minnesota State Representative- House 44B[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
DFL Ryan Winkler 14524 66.80
Republican Bill Kadue 7162 32.94
2006 Minnesota State Representative- House 44B[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
DFL Ryan Winkler 11987 69.29
Republican John Palmatier 5276 30.50

Resignation[edit]

On May 21, 2015, Winker announced he would resign effective July 1, 2015. His wife Jenny, accepted a job as an executive with the Rezidor Hotel Group, which is headquartered in Brussels, Belgium and his family is moving there to support her.[8]

Controversy[edit]

Following the United States Supreme Court's decision in Shelby County v. Holder, Winkler took to Twitter to write, "VRA majority is four accomplices to race discrimination and one Uncle Thomas" referring to Justice Clarence Thomas, an African American. "Uncle Tom" is a derogatory used against blacks who are perceived as being apologetic for their race. Winkler later deleted the tweet and posted, "Deleted Tweet causing offense regarding Justice Thomas. I apologize for it, but believe VRA decision does abet racism."[9]On Twitter, he added that he did not understand "Uncle Tom" as a racist term.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Minnesota Legislators Past & Present - Legislator Record - Winkler, Ryan". Venus.library.leg.state.mn.us. Retrieved 2010-07-20. 
  2. ^ Featherly, Kevin (February 1, 2018). "Bar Buzz: 3 Dems drop out of AG race as Swanson stays in". Minnesota Lawyer. Minneapolis, MN. Retrieved June 6, 2018. 
  3. ^ "Results for State Representative District 46A". Minnesota Secretary of State. Retrieved July 1, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Results for State Representative District 46A". Minnesota Secretary of State. Retrieved July 1, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Results for State Representative District 44B". Minnesota Secretary of State. Archived from the original on July 1, 2015. Retrieved July 1, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Results for State Representative District 44B". Minnesota Secretary of State. Archived from the original on July 1, 2015. Retrieved July 1, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Results for State Representative District 44B". Minnesota Secretary of State. Archived from the original on July 1, 2015. Retrieved July 1, 2015. 
  8. ^ http://www.twincities.com/localnews/ci_28161781/sharp-tongued-dfl-rep-ryan-winkler-resign-move
  9. ^ "DFL Rep. Winkler tweets and deletes "Uncle Thomas" to Supreme Court Justice". Star Tribune. June 25, 2013. 
  10. ^ Gentilviso, Chris (June 25, 2013). "Ryan Winkler Deletes 'Uncle Thomas' Voting Rights Act Tweet, Issues Apology". Huffington Post. 

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